Downtown Streets Closing for Another Great Event, Annual North Bend Holiday Festival

Following its tradition of throwing great community festivals in the streets of downtown, the City of North Bend is preparing to launch into the holiday season with some spirited fanfare.

The North Bend Holiday Festival happens this Saturday, December 7th, from 4 – 8:30PM – and it will close down North Bend Way right through the heart of downtown (Ballarat to Bendigo) for the festival venue –  so be prepared for some traffic diversions.

Bring the entire family for a fun-filled afternoon and evening with music, entertainment, fire pits, food and drink, children’s activities, photo opportunities with Santa, a holiday tree-lighting ceremony and a traditional community sing-along.  Even the weather will feel like winter, with predicted high temperatures of about 30 degrees.

There’s more happening than just the street-party festivities, too.  At the North Bend Theatre this week from December 4th – 6th, The Banff International Film Festival Tour is showing.  Then during the Holiday Festival, the winner of the 4th Annual North Bend Amateur Film Challenge will be shown, followed by Warren Miller’s, Ticket to Ride.  For the full schedule of show times and to purchase tickets visit

And beginning on Thursday, December 5th, Valley Center Stage begins its spin on the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play.  The Valley’s only local theater company will stage the popular story as if it was a live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.  The play runs through December 21st.  Tickets are available online at  Valley Center Stage is located right in downtown North Bend at 119 West North Bend Way, right above the bike shop.

So save the date for this Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 4-8:30PM.  Find those scarves and hats and then stay warm by the fire pits, sip some hot drinks, see Santa, hear live music on the festival stage – and see the North Bend Christmas Tree light up.

Here’s the full schedule of activities:





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