Special holiday events are planned across the North Olympic Peninsula, with many this weekend.
Here is a list, by community:
PORT ANGELES — Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 73 Howe Road, will host a holiday pageant at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The fellowship choir and children’s program will perform “The Little Lost Panther,” an original play featuring Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Native American and agnostic elements.
According to a news release, “a panther cub is separated from her mom during a storm and meets several characters on her journey to locate her mother.”
Choir direction is by Joel Yelland, with musical accompaniment by LeRoy Davidson and play direction and costumes by Sarah Tucker.
For more information, call 360-417-2665 or visit www.olympicuuf.org.
PORT ANGELES — The Crossing Church will host its Christmas Angel Program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The program will be at Fairview Bible Church, 385 O’Brien Road, Port Angeles.
Toys will be distributed to parents with children who are not financially able to purchase gifts.
The gifts are available for infants and up to age 18.
The church works with Toys for Tots in Port Angeles for this event.
PORT ANGELES — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Ave., will hold a Blue Christmas/Longest Night service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The nondenominational service “recognizes that the holidays are not a season of joy for everyone,” according to a news release.
“On this longest night, as the light begins to return, we will offer up the pain, loneliness, fears or sorrow that we carry to the Christ Child.”
The public is invited.
FORKS — The Forks Elks Lodge will host its annual Kiddie’s Christmas Party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission will be free to the party at the lodge at 941 Merchants Road.
Crafts, goodies, games and photos with Santa are planned.
PORT TOWNSEND — New Life Church at 1636 Hastings Ave. will host its Down Home Country Christmas from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The free family-friendly event will include Christmas music, featuring the Gospel Opry Band.
Big Brass Yule Ball
PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend American Legion’s Big Brass Yule Ball will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Olympic Express Big Band will swing on at the event at 209 Monroe St., with Krampus and Father Christmas making special appearances.
The 21-and-older event will host a cash bar and a variety of seasonal treats.
For ticket information, visit http://vicfest.org/yule.
Holiday Open Parlor Tours
PORT TOWNSEND — Tours of 19th-century buildings and homes decorated for the holidays will be offered Saturday.
To reserve a space, visit http://vicfest.org/yule. Tickets can be picked up at 313 Walker St. between noon and 4 p.m. the day of the tour.
Tickets will include admission to these six historic locations, transportation not included:
• Frank Hastings House, Old Consulate Inn (1889).
• Newton W. O’Rear House (1891).
• Commander’s Beach House.
• Harry Barthrop House, Quimper Inn (1888).
• J.W Griffiths House (1890).
• Bishop Victorian Hotel.
Free dinner, party
PORT TOWNSEND — Better Living Through Coffee will host two holiday events this month.
The first is a Christmas party sponsored by Port Townsend Deaf Coffee from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a Christmas-themed singalong session with shop owner Michael Ledonna on the piano.
The second event will be a free Christmas dinner from 1 p.m. to about 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.
The meal will feature “lasagna, some kind of meat, salads and appetizers,” with dessert of Christmas-style apple pie and apple cider, according to a news release.
The shop at 100 Tyler St. also will have a donation bucket for a local nonprofit.
For more information, contact Julie Brown at 360-344-8080 or [email protected].
Free Santa photos
PORT HADLOCK — Santa Claus will be available for photos at the Old Alcohol Plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Santa, stationed under the 20-foot Christmas tree, will be ready to hear Christmas wishes, pose for photos (bring a camera) and hand out small gifts.
Hot drinks and coffee will be served.
The public is invited to this free event, which is sponsored by Bayside Housing & Services and the Old Alcohol Plant, with support from QFC.
Prime rib dinner
BRINNON — The Brinnon Soup and Supper Club will host its annual prime rib Christmas dinner Wednesday.
The meal will start with hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and contains a salad course, a main course, a dessert course and a beverage cart.
The cost is $10 per person.
The event will take place at the Brinnon Community Center, 306144 U.S. Highway 101.
New this year is the option to substitute the prime rib entree with chicken cordon bleu. All requests for those meals must be received by Dec. 9.
Reservations are required via Sandy Peterson at 360-796-4350.
SEQUIM — King’s Way Foursquare Church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, plans Christmas Eve candlelight services, including Christmas carols, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
The public is invited.
For more information, visit http://thekingsway.net.
Free holiday meal
SEQUIM — Hardy’s Market invites the public to a complimentary traditional holiday at 11 a.m. Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 24.
The market at 10200 Old Olympic Highway is offering the meal dine-in or takeout (one per person) while supplies last.