Holiday Events

December 8, 2008

By Staff

The Issaquah Christian Church’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 24, at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road, S.E. All proceeds from tree sales go to support church missions, including home building in Mexico. In addition to a variety of trees, stands and ornaments, there will also be hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and cookies served, accompanied by Christmas songs. Call 392-5848 or go to

Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival is from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 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 Parks and Recreation Department presents a Holiday Happening Dance for the special-needs population ages 13 and older from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at Memorial Park Center, 105 Second Ave. N.E. There will be dancing, caroling and holiday cheer. Fee of $8 includes beverages and treats. Preregistration is required. Volunteers are needed. Call 837-3300.

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

The 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

Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., presents its holiday schedule (call 392-6802 for more information):

The Dickens Carolers from noon – 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, and from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 14.

The Silver Bells Carolers, with special guests Santa Claus and Dasher, from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 13 at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-6802.

Rainier Music Jazz from 1-3 pm. Dec. 20.

The Silver Bells Carolers from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 20.

Evergreen Community Church’s Christmas Choir presentation is at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 in its sanctuary, 20112 S.E. 152nd St., Renton. Call 557-9004.

Issaquah Christian Church presents the only interactive Live Nativity in the Puget Sound area from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 14-16 at 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Appropriate for all ages. Refreshments will be served at this free event. Call 392-5848.

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, marimba, percussion and guitar. Presented by Miho and 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.

Evergreen Community Church presents Candles & Carols, with the Hazen High School “Symphoni” at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at 20112 S.E. 152nd St., Renton. Call 557-9004.

Cougar Mountain Zoo’s rare 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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