Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

By Staff

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191,

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

Holidays at the Hospital, featuring a pancake breakfast, free photos with Santa, a teddy bear clinic, a giant gingerbread house, “ask the doc” and face painting, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, Swedish/Issaquah, a cost of $5 per person or $20 per family with a portion of proceeds supports pediatrics at Swedish is for the breakfast only, the remaining events are free

Issaquah Reindeer Festival, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-30, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., $12.50 for ages 13 and older, $11.50 for seniors, $10.50 for children, younger than age 2 is free, 391-5508,

Parents’ Day Out, get five hours of shopping while children ages 3-12 enjoy crafts, cooking, decorating, games and music, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Foothills Baptist Church, 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., 392-5925

Master Chorus Eastside presents ‘My Dancing Day: A Renaissance Christmas,’ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., $20 adults/$15 seniors and students/younger than 9 free, 392-8446,

Downtown Issaquah Association annual Holiday Open House, featuring caroling and live music by Violet Oroboros, photos with Santa and one of his reindeer, cookie sale and raffle, and activities by Museo Art Academy, artbyfire and artEAST, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Historic Shell Station, 232 Front St. N.

Washington State University Extension workshop — homemade wreaths, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E., $20 per family before Dec. 1, bring your own boughs,, 357-6023

Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops, featuring the Beaver Lake Middle School Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Eastlake High School, Sammamish, $16 adults/$12 seniors and students/children 10 and younger free, 206-517-7777,

Chabad of the Central Cascades and the Highlands Council present the annual grand Chanukah Celebration and giant can-menorah building, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 5 p.m. menorah lighting, Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive,, 427-1654

Issaquah Valley Senior Center presents ‘Winter Wonderland’ from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at 75 N.E. Creek Way, featuring vintage holiday fashions trunk show, music by Kaitlin Nelson and Ed Werner and holiday treats, 392-2381

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