Enjoy a Snoqualmie Valley treat this weekend: A List of Can’t-Miss Holiday Festivities

The festivities continue this weekend around the Valley with more fun ways to celebrate the season.

Check out our events calendar for all things jingly, and please send an email to storyideas@livingsnoqualmie.com if you have an event you would like to have included in a future article.

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.

Light up North Bend-A Holiday Spirit Contest

The City of North Bend invites residents and businesses to make the City shine bright this holiday season as the 2nd Annual Light up North Bend holiday lighting contest returns.

Enter the City’s 2nd annual lighting contest: LIGHT UP NORTH BEND – A HOLIDAY SPIRIT CONTEST.

There are 4 Divisions: Single-family home; Multi-family home (apartment, condo, townhome); Business; Neighborhood. There are three categories within the Single-family, Multi-family and Business Divisions:  

  • VMA: Best Use of Music
  • Hollywood: Best Theme
  • Griswold: Best Overuse of Lights (channel your inner Clark)  

The Neighborhood Division winner will be chosen based on the largest number of homes decked out for the season.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, December 8. Participating homes and businesses must be decorated and ready by December 10 at 5 pm Judging will occur December 10 – 12 with the help of members of the North Bend Downtown Foundation. Learn more here.

Holiday Craft Camp

Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 – 12 PM FROM THE VILLAGE AT IGNITE – Spark some holiday cheer with The Village’s Holiday Craft Camp! 

Kids get to come to hang out with and craft to their hearts content while you run some last-minute holiday errands! Kids will enjoy several craft stations, take a hot cocoa break, and have tons of holiday fun. Click here for more information.

Kids’ Night Out

Saturday, Dec. 11, 5 – 9 PM FROM THE VILLAGE AT IGNITE – While the grown-ups enjoy live music at Ignition or just a kid-free evening, kids will have their own fun “night out” with The Village at IGNITE!

Kids will do a craft project, get their bodies moving, eat some pizza, and settle in for a movie. Experienced staff will ensure that kiddos feel safe and welcome. For more information, click here.

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.

Santa Train. Photo: NW Railway Museum

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.

Santa Breakfast at Moose Lodge

Saturday, December 11th at 10 AM FROM THE SNOQUALMIE VALLEY MOOSE LODGE – A Santa breakfast that is open to all! Free photos with a Santa background and a delicious, holiday-inspired breakfast.

Donations will be accepted, but this breakfast is free to attend.

Pet Photos with Santa-Pet Place Market

December 11-13th from 10 AM – 3 PM at Pet Place Market, 213 Bendigo Blvd N. Ste 2 in North Bend.

They will be taking appointments for this event. Please call them at (425) 888-8828 to book your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are guaranteed!

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.

Help a Family in Need with Kiwanis Giving Tree

Please help the City of Snoqualmie bring the holidays to families in need this season. Stop by the Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River St, first-floor lobby to pick up a tag off the Kiwanis Club Giving Tree for kids from infancy to teens.

City Hall is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring an unwrapped gift to the tree by December 14. Gifts will be distributed by December 15-16. 

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.

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  • The Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge Santa Themed Breakfast is Saturday Dec. 11th @ 10am not as posted.

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