Thanksgiving is almost here. Lights are starting to go up on homes. It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas, which means an annual Snoqualmie holiday tradition – complete with thousands of twinkling lights – is nearing: the Tree Lighting Festival.
Residents can embrace crisp air and holiday cheer Saturday, November 25th from 5PM – 8PM at Railroad Park in downtown Snoqualmie.
There will be carolers, a local choir, hot cocoa, cider, and cookies. You can take a horse and carriage ride through the streets of Snoqualmie. Santa arrives at 6:30PM sharp – to flip the switch and light up the tree. Afterward, kid can visit with Santa and have their picture taken.
The festivities also include sightings of the Grinch and Santa’s elves – AND kids can bring letters to send to Santa and pop them in a special holiday mailbox heading straight to the North Pole.
Holly & Jolly in Downtown Snoqualmie also kicks off on November 25th, where participating stores will offer gifts, treats, coupons, and special menu items for kids and adults.
Holly & Jolly runs every weekend from November 25th through the weekend of December 5th from 1PM – 5PM, coinciding with the popular Santa Train. Stores and restaurants will provide complimentary appetizers, beverages, live music, door prizes, kids’ activities, and shopping specials.
Oh, and the [synthetic] ice skating rink will also be up and running this weekend. It will only operate downtown this holiday season, located on King Street, next to Railroad Park and the Woodman Lodge.
NEW this year – all skating and skates rentals are FREE. The rink will be open weekend afternoons through December 17th.
[The Tree Lighting Festival is sponsored by Carmichael’s Variety & Hardware, the Cascade Team Real Estate, Church on the Ridge, City of Snoqualmie, and the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association.]