Hundreds of Snoqualmie citizens gather on Railroad Avenue for the annual tree lighting. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Hundreds of Snoqualmie citizens gather on Railroad Avenue for the annual tree lighting. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

North Bend and Snoqualmie celebrate the holidays

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson presented Santa with a key to the city.

The Valley cities celebrated the holiday season in a big way this year, with community tree lighting events in both North Bend and Snoqualmie on Dec. 1.

North Bend’s Holly Days featured several community groups performing for spectators. Twin Falls Middle School Jazz Band, the Valley Center Stage, Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club, and Ignite Dance and Yoga were some of the groups performing.

Holly Days also had free tractor rides sponsored by North Bend Remax Integrity, and free photo opportunities with Santa Claus at Cook Real Estate.

Snoqualmie’s Winter Lights event featured several stage performances, as well as a cookie making booth operated by the Mount Si Culinary Club. King County Library also had a booth where children could write letters to Santa, and the Snoqualmie City Council gave out free cookies.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, with the help of many local children, presented Santa with a key to the city just as they lit the large tree on the property.

Brothers Chase and Nicky Iannuccilli roast marshmallows over one of the fire pits set up on North Bend Way at the city’s Holly Days event. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Brothers Chase and Nicky Iannuccilli roast marshmallows over one of the fire pits set up on North Bend Way at the city’s Holly Days event. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Festive tractor rides around town were offered for free throughout the evening. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Festive tractor rides around town were offered for free throughout the evening. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

IGNITE dancers performed alongside holiday music at the North Bend tree lighting on North Bend Way. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

IGNITE dancers performed alongside holiday music at the North Bend tree lighting on North Bend Way. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson presents Santa Claus with the key to the city. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson presents Santa Claus with the key to the city. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Santa rides into North Bend on an Eastside Fire and Rescue fire engine. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Santa rides into North Bend on an Eastside Fire and Rescue fire engine. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Lights cover the gazebo at Railroad Park. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

Lights cover the gazebo at Railroad Park. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club performed at the North Bend Holly Days event. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

The Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club performed at the North Bend Holly Days event. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

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