Santa returns to Reindeer Festival

December 9, 2014

This time of year, not surprisingly, Santa tends to get around. Children and parents alike can see him in malls and events all over.

File Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Visitors enjoy watching Santa’s reindeer at their home-away-from-North-Pole home during a previous Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo invites visitors to not only meet Santa, but also to visit with his reindeer and other special animal helpers at the park’s 26th annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival through Dec. 23 at the zoo.

“Each year, the bar gets set a little higher,” said Cari McKinstry, promotions and public relations director for the zoo.

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Home Country — Believe in the power of good deeds

December 9, 2014

For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she has always been his head elf. Cindy’s grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.

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Providence O’Christmas Trees celebrates 30th anniversary Dec. 1-3

November 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 30, 2014

The 2014 Providence O’Christmas Trees kicks off the holiday season Dec. 1-3 with a Christmas Carnival, Silver Bells Luncheon and a dinner gala.

Proceeds go toward the many organizations in Providence Health and Services family, including the Providence Marianwood Nursing Home in Issaquah.

KING-TV anchor Dennis Bounds is back for his 15th year of emceeing the dinner, accompanied by Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal columnist, as mistress of ceremonies.

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Santa is coming to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands on Black Friday

November 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2014

Santa makes his grand arrival at Grand Ridge Plaza at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at the plaza next to Regal Cinemas in a free event open to the public.

The Grand Ridge Elementary School Chorus will greet Santa with music and holiday songs.

Santa will light the Grand Ridge Plaza holiday tree and ring in the season with complimentary treats, including hot cider and cocoa from Caffe Ladro and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Subway.

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Shop small businesses Saturday

November 26, 2013

Shoppers this holiday season are being asked to join the nation in paying tribute to local venues when purchasing gifts for family and friends.

Several locations throughout Issaquah will participate in the national Small Business Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

In a bit of serendipity, shopping options this year include the new Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands and Gilman Village celebrating its 40th anniversary. The two locations are in addition to the shops in the downtown corridor.

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