Ring in the Holidays Valley Style: Upcoming Local Holiday Activities to Enjoy

Festivities are about to begin all over the Valley. Living Snoqualmie will list everything each week to help you have a merry and bright holiday 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.

Salish Lodge & Spa Holiday Tree Lighting

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Enjoy the magical tree lighting ceremony as well as hot chocolate, cider and cookies, carolers, kid’s activities, and more!

Santa and his reindeer will be on-site for a photo op and to hear what is on your wish list this year. Do a little holiday shopping at The Country Store, and 10% of the proceeds will go to Encompass NW! They look forward to sharing this time-honored tradition with you.

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 but 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 true to the original version.

We follow the journey of the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge to see how he became the hard-hearted man he is when the play begins.  We see past mistakes and injuries, the present hardships of those surrounding Scrooge, as well as, his loneliness and what the future holds for him if he doesn’t change.  This perennial favorite reminds us that it is never too late to change, to be kinder, and to do better

“We hope you enjoy this year’s version of A Christmas Carol.  We’ve changed a few things to bring fresh life to the story but respect keeping the sentimental and emotional journey that we hope you all get to experience.  This story, now more than ever, is what we need to hear – a story of hope in what’s to come,” said Wynter Elwood, Co-Director.

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.

Holly Days-North Bend

Join your friends and neighbors to ring in the holiday season on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. as Holly Days returns to downtown North Bend.

This old-fashioned holiday festival includes a live stage, firepits with marshmallow roasting and smores fixings, visits with Santa, and of course, the lighting of the community tree with Mayor Rob.

Enjoy local community performance groups such as the Mount Si Caroling Committee, Valley Center Stage, Twin Falls Middle School Jazz Band I, IGNITE Dance and Yoga, singer Hillary Martin, and Veils of the Nile. And new this year – your City Councilmembers will emcee the live stage.

Holly Days provides the perfect opportunity to shop and dine locally and support your favorite North Bend businesses. 

Kids can visit with Santa inside Simpson Group Realty in their new storefront adjacent to Birches Habitat, in addition to exploring free, outdoor holiday crafting activities with local nonprofit organizations. And if these festivities weren’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, you can even start your Holly Days early with a free showing of ‘Elf’ at 2 p.m. at the North Bend Theatre. 

Learn more about this fun annual event here.

Snoqualmie Winter Lights

Mark your calendars for Snoqualmie Winter Lights, an annual holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Snoqualmie.

On Saturday, December 4, the event will be from 5–7 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the holiday tree lighting countdown in Railroad Park, 7971 Railroad Ave SE.

Bundle up and bring family and friends for live music on the main stage featuring the Snoqualmie Middle School Jazz Band, Dickens Carolers, and the Snoqualmie Elementary School choir. 

Take selfies with Santa while telling him your wish list. Watch an ice-carving demo in action. Warm-up with cocoa, cider, and cookies. After the festival, stay downtown and dine, drink, and delight in the lights. Learn more here.

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 p.m. Judging will occur December 10 – 12 with the help of members of the North Bend Downtown Foundation.

Register using this fillable PDF Light up North Bend registration form. Participants can email the form to dmccall@northbendwa.gov or deliver it to the City Hall Front Counter during business hours listed on the form. Learn more here.

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