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Eastside holiday happenings for the family

Photo by Ally Davis; 

There is so much to do during the holidays. Here is an overall guide to lights, snowflakes and Charlie Brown on the Eastside. Have a ball!

Nov. 28-Dec. 23 Snowflake Lane
Bellevue During the holidays, The Bellevue Collection comes alive with Snowflake Lane at 7 every night. Read more about that and other family favorites on page 161. Here are some extra fun facts about this magical event:

  • More than 100,000 gallons of “snow” has fallen in the past nine years along N.E. Eighth Street.
  • Every year more than 18,000 “Blinkee” light-up pins are handed out to spectators.
  • The Jingle Belles, Snow Princesses, Sugar Plum Fairies and rosy-cheek drummers use 1,350 tubes of red lipstick each year.
  • More than 300 drumsticks and mallets are used each season by drummers.
  • More than 1 million pieces of candy are handed out to spectators every season. The most popular are candy cane-flavored Tootsie Pops.
  • Snowflake Lane is a popular place to pop the question. Now there is a designated marriage proposal spot. Follow Snowflake Lane at #SFLmemories and share yours.
Theatre at Meydenbauer Center Performances

Theatre at Meydenbauer Center Performances; Photo by Lorraine Rough Photography

Nov. 28-Dec. 23 Theatre at Meydenbauer Center Performances
Bellevue A full lineup of holiday-inspired performances ranges from the Nutcracker and Babes in Toyland to Holiday Pops and Celtic Yuletide (pictured).

Nov. 29-Jan. 3 Garden D’Lights
Bellevue More than half a million lights transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a sparkling winter wonderland. There’s a new visitor center and store as well as a new route this year.

Nov. 29-Dec. 21 ’Twas the Night …
Kirkland Studio East Training for the Performing Arts prduces a hilarious musical spin on the familiar holiday poem that is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing. Join the Big Family and their menagerie as they await the coming of St. Nick. Now in its 13th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year.

December Kirkland Performance Center
Kirkland There’s something for everybody here: International Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (Dec. 5-7); Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas (Dec. 12-13); KPC’s Sing Along featuring Groove for Thought (Dec. 20); KPC’s Olde Time Holiday Show (Dec. 20-21); and the adult-only “KPC’s Holiday Late Night” (Dec. 19).

December A Christmas Carol and Christmas Carol Jr.
Redmond Join the SecondStory Repertory family and celebrate this original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless seasonal classic (Dec. 5-20). New this year are original music and new music arrangements by Terence Alaric Levitt. Also, Second Story presents Christmas Carol Jr. (Dec. 13-21), a family friendly performance featuring Scrooge, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit

A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit; Photo by Lori Stoll

Dec. 1 A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit
Edmonds David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. Benoit will be joined by a children’s choir, comprised of students from the Edmonds School District, during the second half of his performance.

Dec. 3, Dec. 10 & Dec. 17 Holiday Boot Camp
Woodinville At Willows Lodge, Barking Frog Chef Bobby Moore and his culinary team offer great tips and tricks for the cooking novice, including sample bites and recipe cards to take home.

Dec. 6 HolidaySparkles! Dinner
Bellevue At Sizzleworks Cooking School, meet winemaker Juergen Grieb from Treveri Cellars as he collaborates with Chef Carol Dearth to present this hands-on cooking class filled with delicious ideas for seasonal entertaining this.

Dec. 6 Kirkland Winterfest
Kirkland Celebrate the winter season with an evening of performances, children’s activities, bonfires, seasonal surprises, Santa’s arrival, and the tree-lighting ceremony.

Redmond Lights

Redmond Lights; Photo by City of Redmond

Dec. 6 Redmond Lights
Redmond Redmond Lights celebrates the city’s cultural diversity with traditions, activities and fun for all ages. Aside from the traditional luminary walk between City Hall and the Redmond Town Center, tree lighting outside City Hall, kids’ activities and live music performances, there is a slate of new additions this year.

Dec. 6 Holiday Tree Lighting at Salish Lodge & Spa
Snoqualmie In partnership with Camp Korey, Salish Lodge & Spa will host its 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony featuring lighting of the 20-foot tree, live entertainment, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, and more. Visit during the holidays and discover ways to support Camp Korey throughout the lodge— in The Dining Room, The Spa, retail and more.

Dec. 13 Everett Silvertips vs. Tri-City Americans
featuring a Christmas House toy drive Everett This WHL hockey game is home to a giant toy drive for Christmas House charity. Be sure to wear your favorite ugly sweater.

Dec. 13-Dec. 14 The Elves & the Toymaker
Kirkland A holiday mini-musical about the power of giving brought to the Kirkland Performance Center by the StoryBook Theater team. This 55-minute show is recommended for ages 3-10.

Dec. 21 12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run
Kirkland Join in Puget Sound’s premier long-distance holiday-themed running and walking event, proceeds benefiting Sleep Country Foster Kids. Event features a free kids dash for tots, free food, live music and a holiday costume contest.

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