Issaquah History Museums’ holiday open house welcomes guests

November 27, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Add a hefty helping of cookies, an appearance by Santa himself and a dash of historical education, and you’ve got the ingredients for a perfect Issaquah holiday tradition — the Issaquah History Museums’ ninth annual holiday open house.

This year’s event will be Dec. 1 at the Issaquah Train Depot. Past events have attracted upward of 350 people and the museum staff expects about the same this year, said Laile Di Silvestro, program coordinator for the museums.

“It’s a really popular event, mostly with families with kids because it’s a fun place for the kids to meet Santa, and it’s great because there is a historical aspect to it,” she said.

The train depot will be decorated in its holiday finest, with live music from the Essie Blue Band adding to the festive atmosphere, Di Silvestro said. The band will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you go

Issaquah History Museums’ holiday open house

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Issaquah Train Depot
  • 150 First Ave. N.E.

“They play traditional music, so it’s going to be traditional Christmas music,” she said. “So, it’s the kind of music that you would have heard 100 years ago if you had a string band hanging around during the holidays. The music that they play will be very cheerful.”

A highlight of the annual event is always the craft fair, Di Silvestro said. Local crafters will be selling a variety of goods, including jewelry, scarves, ornaments and other seasonal crafts all at affordable prices.

“I think the number of people who are creating interesting crafts in the Issaquah area has been growing,” Di Silvestro said. “So, I’m very interested to see what shows up.”

Kids can create their own crafts at the children’s craft table, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to make and take home an ornament inspired by a collection of antique ornaments that will be displayed at the museum.

“One of the many things that we love to do with children is give them a feel for history by actually touching and creating aspects of it, and this activity will allow them to do that,” Di Silvestro said.

While families eagerly await to meet with Santa, they can explore the museum and munch on snacks, including cookies, coffee and hot chocolate.

The museum staff had already collected more than 15 dozen cookies for the event, all donated by local volunteers.

Santa will make his grand appearance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for a memorable holiday photo.

Admission, snacks and the children’s craft table are all free. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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