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Erika's weekend picks: Gingerbread Village, Green Lake Pathway of Lights and 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

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Erika Lee Bigelow writes in Seattle when not chauffeuring 3 kids and one dog to too many activities.

Pioneer Square Howlidays, Sat 11-3. This great, free event honors our best furry four-legged friends this holiday season. Bring Fido and try out a pop-up dog park and pet marketplace in Occidental Park. Sign him up for the dog costume contest or agility course. Two-legged folks can enjoy cocoa, caroling, a Photo Booth and more. pioneersquare.org


Gingerbread Village, 24 hours thru Jan 3rd. May the force be with you as you peruse the fantastic, gingerbread creations the Sheraton Seattle culinary staff has cooked up with various Seattle architectural firms. Stars Wars theme, this year it is. The event is free, but donations are welcomed for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. sheratonseattle.com


The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, Sat 2-3:30. 70 local young dancers leap into the season with Dance Fremont's wonderful production of this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. All ages will adore this performance. $20, $15 ages 12 and younger. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2365219


Green Lake Pathway of Lights, Green Lake Park, Sat 4:30-7:30. Stroll the 2.8 mile inner path lit by luminaries around Green Lake and enjoy local musicians at the community center, Aqua Theater, Bathhouse Theater. The event is free, but food donations are welcomed. Be sure to dress warmly. https://www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights


A Charlie Brown Christmas, Taproot Theatre, Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Happiness is.... definitely this show based on the 1965 television special and the wonderful comic strip by Charles Schulz. Come commiserate with Charlie Brown as he searches for the true meaning of the holiday season with his friends. $25. taproottheatre.org


Jingle Bell Run and Run with the Elves, Sun 8 a.m. Westlake Park. A favorite annual event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. Drape on your bells, don your antlers and tie up the tennis shoes before running a 5K thru downtown Seattle ($40-45). Kids can also take part in a 1K Run with the Elves ($10). Stay after for refreshments and the costume contest. No dogs, please. seattlejinglebellrun.org

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