Holiday Happenings

November 25, 2008

By Staff

Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival is from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23 and Dec. 26-30. Visit Santa in his house, sit in the Grand Traveling Sleigh, write Santa a letter and deliver it to his personal mail box, hear an elf read favorite Christmas stories and watch Santa’s reindeer in action. Call 392-6278 or go to

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center annual Deck the Halls seasonal decorating party is from noon – 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Refreshments will be served. Call 392-2381.

The Issaquah History Museums’ annual holiday open house is from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. This free event features homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa, activities for the whole family, live music, a holiday craft fair, a visit from Santa and a chance for children to make their own holiday crafts. For more information or to register your children for the craft, call 392-3500 or e-mail

The annual Community Tree Lighting Celebration is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the intersection of Front Street North, Dogwood Street and Rainier Boulevard. Celebrate the season and enjoy the traditions, treasures and tree lighting while joining together to meet Santa when he arrives at 5 p.m. There will be hot cocoa, cider, cookie decorating, music and caroling. Bring nonperishable items for the Issaquah Food Bank.

Master Chorus Eastside presents “Welcome Sir Christmas,” a lively exploration of Christmas customs and legends through song and story, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets are available by calling 392-8446, online at or at the door.

The annual Issaquah Highlands Christmas Festival is from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Village Green and Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. There will be carolers, pictures with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas tree ornament crafting, horse-drawn hayrides, refreshments, Christmas cookie decorating, a live nativity and more. Go to 

Brass Band Northwest, featuring several Issaquah musicians, performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E. Go to

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center hosts a Holiday Dinner and Christmas Tales at 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $8. Call 392-2381.

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra presents “Holiday Pops,” featuring Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Call 206-515-7777 or go to December Dash 5K run/walk for all ages is at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Dash around downtown and surrounding trails while benefiting the Issaquah Food Bank. Meet in the school parking lot. Registration fee of $15 includes a T-shirt. Call 837-6110 or e-mail

All ages are invited to enjoy “Holiday Songs Around the World” at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Discover holiday songs from Latin America, Japan and other countries accompanied by a wonderful array of instruments, including Andean bamboo flutes, the marimba, percussion and guitar. Presented by Miho & Diego Duo. Call 392-5430.

The Issaquah Valley Senior Center presents a free Holiday Sing Along at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 19 at 75 N.E. Creek Way. Seniors ages 55 and up are invited to join pianist Carmen to sing some of those holiday favorites, or just come and enjoy the music. Call 392-2381.

Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Bengal tigers celebrate Christmas when they receive their gifts at 1 p.m. Dec. 23, including their own Christmas tree, wreath and gift boxes to destroy, as well as bones and other items to make a mess out of. The zoo is at 19525 S.E. 54th St. Call 392-6278.

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