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Santa’s coming to North Bend; Fun planned for all ages at Saturday's Holiday Festival

December 6, 2012 · 1:52 PM

A young man checks out the marshmallow fire at last year's North Bend Holiday Festival. The community event returns this Saturday, Dec. 8, with carols and songs, dance performances, special events around town and a visit from Santa. / Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Boxley’s Place in North Bend will be hosting one of the night’s big stars Saturday, and Santa, too.

While most families will be lining up outside the restaurant around 5:30 p.m. Saturday for photos with Santa in the fireplace room, a slightly older crowd will be anticipating the appearance later that evening of singer Kelly Eisenhour.

“She lives right here in North Bend, and she’s kind of a rock star,” says Danny Kolke, Boxley’s owner and coordinator of musical artists appearing in local venues throughout the evening. “I’m really excited she’ll be here!”

The Boxley’s Music Fund is sponsoring Eisenhour’s appearance, as well as music at the North Bend Bar and Grill and Pioneer Coffee.

Kolke is also excited for the festivities that will shed a new, and charming light on the community he’s been dedicated to for years.

“I think it’s really important to light up the town,” he said, “It just looks pretty, and the town needs it.”

“He’s looking to support and help every business in our downtown,” city economic development director Gina Estep said of Kolke.

North Bend’s Holiday schedule

Lots of community fun is being readied for North Bend’s Holiday Festival, happening Saturday, Dec. 8, downtown.

Festival events

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa Train departs from the North Bend Depot, McClellan Street.

• 2:30 p.m., “Polar Express,” free show at North Bend Theatre

• 4 to 6:30 p.m., Gingerbread House viewing and voting

5:15 to 7:30 p.m., santa photo opportunity at Boxley’s

Stage events

• 4 p.m., Demonstration by Mount Si Gymnastics

• 4:30 p.m., Si View Youth Dance performance

• 5 p.m., Tree lighting with Mayor Ken & Santa arrival

• 5:30 p.m., Twin Falls Middle School performance

• 6 p.m., Panther Pride Unicycle team

• 6:30 p.m., Mount Si High School performance

• 7 p.m., Gingerbread house winners announced

• 7:15 p.m., Ignite Dance & Yoga performs

• 7:40 p.m., SnoValley Winds Ensemble

North Bend Holiday business events

3 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, on North Bend Way, between Bendigo and Ballarat

North Bend Way will be closed to traffic and many of the downtown businesses will be celebrating the holidays with special events, including:

Twede’s – Live Christmas Carols, 6 to 9 p.m.

Moon Valley Massage & Healing Garden – Special, $10 off a next massage, $15 off gift certificates

North Bend Bar and Grill – Homemade hot buttered rum, $5, or $1 hot chocolate for the kids

Singletrack – Spin the wheel for a discount coupon for bikes and accessories

Boxley’s – Live music and Santa photos

Pioneer Coffee – Live music, beer and wine, featuring Sigillo Cellar

Valley Center Stage – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Selah Gifts – Sipping chocolate and mulled cider for shoppers

Birches Habitat - Holiday magic party with Champagne, and free gift with purchase. Sidewalk drummer boys will perform every half hour, from 4 to 7 p.m.

ZO Home: Play “shut the box” to win up to 98% off anything Christmas

The North Bend Theatre - Winners of the North Bend Amateur Film Challenge at 8 p.m., followed by Warren Miller’s Flow State

Emerald City Smoothie – Free tasting samples with purchase of a $40 gift card.

Chang Thai - Half-price pad thai and $3 Luna’s Thai Tea vodka.


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