Hundreds of Snoqualmie citizens gather on Railroad Avenue for the 2018 tree lighting. This year, the event will be on Dec. 7. Evan Pappas/File photo

Hundreds of Snoqualmie citizens gather on Railroad Avenue for the 2018 tree lighting. This year, the event will be on Dec. 7. Evan Pappas/File photo

Tree lighting events roundup

Family-friendly seasonal events throughout the Eastside.

  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:30am
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Tree lightings are a common holiday occurrence. Cities in the Valley and throughout the Eastside will host several tree lightings over the holiday season:

Snoqualmie Valley

Snoqualmie Winter Lights: Join the annual holiday tradition in Historic Snoqualmie, Dec. 7. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the holiday tree lighting countdown in Railroad Park, 7971 Railroad Ave. SE, where the trees and gazebo will have many lights. Festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holly Days Old-Fashioned Downtown Festival: North Bend’s very own hometown holiday celebration and tree lighting from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 6. Tree Lighting with Mayor Ken Hearing and Ignite Dance begins at 6:30 p.m., in the center of historic downtown North Bend.

Issaquah

Giving Tree Lighting: Save the date and join the community in lighting the Giving Tree in support of Eastside Baby Corner. Help fill a truck with donations, Nov. 23. Enjoy performances by five Issaquah School District choirs. Music begins at 1 p.m. and continue to 4:30 pm. Eastside Baby Corner will light the Giving Tree a few minutes past 4 p.m. at Grand Ridge Plaza, 940 NE Park Dr., Issaquah.

Redmond

Redmond Lights: A joyful celebration awaits. Redmond Lights Weekend, from 4 -8 p.m. Dec 7-8. Twinkling lights, glowing luminaries, art installations, food and music. The three-part event starts at Redmond City Hall (15670 NE 85th St.) and takes people on a luminary walk along the Sammamish River Trail to Downtown Park and the Redmond Town Center.

Bellevue

Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa’s Arrival: Don’t miss Santa’s Grand Arrival Festivities 7 – 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Bellevue Place Wintergarden. Santa will light the 30-foot holiday tree at Bellevue Place Wintergarden. Bellevue Place Building, 10500 NE 8th St., Bellevue.

Garden d’Lights: Garden d’Lights features more than half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals and cascading waterfalls, Nov. 30 through Dec. 31. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. Bellevue. $5 per person, Kids 10 and younger are free.

Mercer Island

Town Center tree lighting and Firehouse Munch: Help light the tree in Mercerdale Park from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 6. Firehouse Munch will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is for all ages, with food, beverages and participation by various merchants and organizations. Mercerdale Park, 3009 77th Ave. SE in Mercer Island.

Kirkland

Kirkland Winterfest: Join the Kirkland community 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Marina Park (25 Lakeshore Plaza) for the annual tree lighting and festivities. Tree lighting begins at 5 p.m. Winterfest will take place at Marina Park in downtown Kirkland. Donations for Hopelink are being accepted.

Google Lights: A light show featuring more than 25,000 lights choreographed to music from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Carolers, Photobooth, Blitz from the Seahawks, free cocoa and cookies. Bring unwrapped toys to donate to Hopelink and Lifewire. Google Campus on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (747 6th St. South).

Bothell

Bothell’s Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market: Join Downtown Bothell businesses and community 2-5 p.m. on Dec. 1 for the annual Tree Lighting Festival on Main Street. Santa arrives at 5 p.m. Main Street Downtown Bothell, 10030 Main St., Bothell.

Kenmore

Kenmore Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market: Meet up in Downtown Kenmore for the annual holiday event 4 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 1. Downtown Kenmore at The Hangar, Kenmore City Hall and Kenmore Camera.

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