A List of Can’t-Miss Holiday Festivities Before the Big Day next Saturday

This is it! The last weekend before the big day next Saturday, and there is again no shortage of ways to get your Ho Ho Ho on. Check out our events calendar for all things jingly.

Light Up North Bend Holiday Lighting Contest Winners Announced

The 2nd Annual Light up North Bend Holiday Lighting Contest is a wrap! Judges spent the past weekend enjoying local light displays – some set to music in the VMA Division, some themed in the Hollywood Division and some light explosions in the Griswold Division.

The City of North Bend thanks all who entered the 2021 Light up North Bend contest for their creative and festive displays. Winners will receive a gift card to the North Bend business of their choice. [Note: the Residential, VMA Division was a tight race so the winner and runner-up will both receive gift cards.]

Without further ado, the 2021 Light up North Bend winners are:

  • Residential, VMA Division Winner: The Duran Family, 14704 449th Ave SE
  • Residential, VMA Division Runner-up:  The Hansen Home, 485 SE 10th Street
  • Residential, Hollywood Division Winner: The Repanich Home, 394 Merritt PL NE
  • Residential, Griswold Division Winner: The Gambill Home, 14700 446th Ave SE
  • Business, Hollywood Division Winner: Ole Cedar Mill Mini Storage, 44800 SE North Bend Way
  • Business, Griswold Division: Pioneer Coffee, 202 W. North Bend Way

Our panel of judges also picked two neighborhood winners. First place went to Wood River and in close 2nd place was New Si View.

According to our judges, there are many, many incredible light displays throughout North Bend and encourage those who may drive by to check out this year’s winners to also drive through the surrounding neighborhoods to see more wonderful displays.  

Watch the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds this week for photos and videos of the winning displays.  Please see map for Light up North Bend contest participants. [Note: locations #10 and #12 are neighborhood entries.]

Valley Center Stage-Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

Valley Center Stage’s annual presentation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol will take place live and in person at the newly renovated Sallal Grange on December 3rd – 19th, 2021. 

The North Bend holiday tradition is returning to live theater in a new and exciting location. Still, it brings back to life the heartwarming classic that is part of so many families’ special time together. Telling the story of second chances, transformation, forgiveness, and compassion, this adaptation of Dickens’s classic is faithful to the original version.

The new Valley Center Stage location is an improvement all around. It is handicap accessible and has dedicated parking allowing greater access for the community it serves. It’s been renovated to provide an intimate theater room with more raised seating, upgraded sound quality, and new heat/air conditioning. The new spacious foyer/lounge and concessions area are the perfect settings for beverages and mingling before the show.

Santa Limited Holiday Train Ride

Saturday, Dec. 11, 18, 19 FROM THE NORTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM – Join Santa and his elves for the Santa Limited steam train. This 2-hour holiday excursion begins at the North Bend Depot.

After boarding, passengers ride to the Railway History Campus, where Santa greets each child with a small gift inside the unique Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace located within the seasonally decorated Train Shed Exhibit Hall. Guests also receive a holiday cookie on this train excursion. Click here for more information.

Selfies with Santa

With deep roots in the Valley, the Simpson Group looks forward to hosting various community events throughout the year. “Selfies with Santa” will be complimentary on Saturdays in December (December 4 from 5 pm – 8 pm and Dec. 11 & 18 from 10 am – 3 pm). Beginning in January, Simpson Group Real Estate will host local wineries in its office space.

The 2nd Annual Santa Parade and Food Drive

Visit with Santa as he parades through town on a Snoqualmie Fire Engine! The parade starts on Saturday the 18th at 10 a.m. at the Mount Si High School parking lot on Meadowbrook Way.

This year, all collected food will benefit the Backpack Program and Helping Hands Ministry which feeds 100’s of kids in the SVSD over weekends and school breaks.

See the parade route map: Snoqualmie Santa Parade Route 2021 – Google My Maps

Visit with the Grinch at Pioneer Coffee

Saturday, December 18, 2021, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 202 W North Bend Way, Ste. D. Visit with the Grinch and get your picture taken at Pioneer Coffee, just in time for the holiday season!

Reindeer Day at Salish Lodge & Spa


Santa’s reindeer are making a special stop at Salish Lodge & Spa. We’re not sure which reindeer will be here but be sure to stop by for some festive holiday cheer. The Mt. Si High School Choir will also be singing some merry tunes from 1 pm -1:30 pm.

While you are here, stop inside to view all the fun holiday decor, shop at The Country Store, and be sure to check out our new gingerbread house, which is a replica of Salish Lodge!

Don’t forget Salish is also one of Santa’s mailbox destinations. Salish Elves want to help get your little ones to Santa at the North Pole. Drop off their letters to the jolly ole fellow in our special mailbox located in the lobby!

Mounted Caroling on the Ridge

2–4 pm-ish on December 18 (pending no giant wind/rainstorm). The riders welcome folks to walk with them, bring dogs and kids along, or even bring your horse to ride too!

Be warned… they don’t sing but do look vaguely festive…

Specifics on the route to come later, but generally from the U-Haul to Azalea/Tanner Jeans Park on Douglas and then Muir to Fairway to Ridge and up Center Street where we cross the Parkway again.

Write a Letter to Santa for the Holidays

Railroad Park Gazebo, 7971 Railroad Avenue

Santa has a mailbox in Snoqualmie, and kids are encouraged to write letters and drop them off for him. Deliver letters to the red mailbox in the downtown gazebo through December 22. No postage required! While downtown, be sure to view the festive light displays each evening.

Visit the Snoqualmie Holiday Lights Trail through New Year’s Day

Snoqualmie Winter Lights returns with 11 charming light displays perfect for holiday photos! Start at the Salish Lodge and travel to Historic Snoqualmie and Railroad Park for a stroll along the boardwalk.

Head up Snoqualmie Parkway to see Sno-King Ice Arena displays. Please be safe and maintain social distancing. Download the map.

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