On December 2, North Bend will come alive with the spirit of the holiday season as the Downtown Foundation hosts the Holly Days Winter Festival. The community is invited to partake in this old-fashioned outdoor festival, featuring a tree lighting ceremony led by Mayor Pro Tem Heather Koellen.
The heart of North Bend’s historic downtown area will transform into a festive hub. A few blocks will be closed for safety, creating a pedestrian-friendly space. North Bend Way and Main Avenue will be temporarily closed, ensuring a seamless flow of festival activities.
Public restrooms will be available at the North Bend Train Depot during the event. Parking will be a breeze, with free public parking spots provided at several locations. There will be no paid parking or shuttle service, but ADA parking will be conveniently located.
- Park and Ride located on the south side of W. North Bend Way and Sydney
- Park and Ride located on E North Bend Way, in front of the Park Street roundabout.
- Angle parking on 2nd Street and some gravel parking
- ADA Parking is available near the corner of Main Avenue and 2nd Street and the above-noted Park and Rides.
The festival will begin with a free community showing of “Elf” from 3-5 pm at the North Bend Theatre. Although the showing is free, its popularity will require pre-registration. Santa Claus will grace the festival with his presence, offering complimentary photos. In the spirit of giving, attendees are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item.
The tree lighting, set to occur at 7 pm, will be a highlight of the festival. It promises to be a dazzling moment, uniting the community under the glow of holiday lights. Local non-profit organizations will host crafting booths, adding a creative flair to the festivities.
Fireside s’mores will be available for those seeking warmth and treats, courtesy of Vintage Baristas. Festivalgoers can also indulge in hot cocoa and wear festive glow bracelets to light up the night.
The community stage, presented by Simpson Group Real Estate and emceed by Councilmember Mary Miller, will feature performances from the Twin Falls Middle School Jazz Band and Choir, Ignite Dance & Yoga, and the Sno Valley Winds. These performances will showcase the vibrant talent within the community.
As December 2 approaches, North Bend’s excitement will grow. Volunteers, coordinated by Jessica Self, Executive Director of the North Bend Downtown Foundation, will work hard to ensure a memorable and joyous festival. The Holly Days Winter Festival is not just an event but a testament to North Bend’s community spirit and commitment to celebrating the holiday season together.