I am getting ready to retreat into my turkey coma, so wanted to get you all of the deets on this holiday fun now, before it's too late. Happy Holidays, Kirkland...
-Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot- Opens at Juanita Beach the day after Thanksgiving (if you're not shopping, right???) Fresh trees, wreaths and See's Candies. But see, you will be shopping very soon because..
- the "Kirkland Shops Small" program to promote and support small business kicks off on Saturday Nov 30th at 10am with the mayor, city officials, local merchants and you, of course. Expect free gifts, incentives, Hopelink non-perishable food drop-off locations and extended shopping hours from participating shops ( Every Thurs, Fri and Sat from 12/5-12/21 they'll be open til 8pm or later). Shop local. Donate. I know you will, I've taught you well. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
-Santa Claus at George's!- Don't fight the mall crowd, stay local for Santa too! He's coming to George's. And he's the REAL one. ;-) Friday December 6th from 5-8pm at 108 Kirkland Avenue you can grab a great meal and get your (or the kids..) photo taken with St. Nick by Humanature Photography. Prints start at $25.
-KPC- There's a great line-up of holiday performances at the Kirkland Performance Center. Brady and I are heading to the Charlie Brown Christmas together and I've heard great things about Geoffrey Castle and the Portland Cello Project. Lots more choices, and isn't it fun to see a show right in our own downtown?
-KAC- While we are being artsy, you should also know that the Kirkland Arts Center (620 Market St.) is hosting a free public event during a Holiday Art Market and Open House on Sat Dec 7th from 10am-7pm. You can shop for gifts, watch demonstrations, vote for favorite clay creations, enjoy libations during a "Yappy Hour" (paying homage to canine companions, starting at 5), witness children's creativity at the craft/activities table, register for winter classes, tour the historic Peter Kirk Building.
Living Tree at The Heathman-The Heathman Hotel on Kirkland Ave will have a "living tree" in their lobby again this year, which will be re-planted in one of our parks after the holidays. Breathe in the piney scent of Christmas in the lobby over afternoon tea.
-Downtown Tree Lighting - Head to the center of town for the annual tree lighting on Saturday Dec 7th from 5-8pm. Bonfires, shopping, music, Santa, and plenty of Kirkland community good cheer. Lighting happens at 7pm. Now moving from land to sea...
-Carillon Point- Always plenty of fun near the water! Bring an unwrapped gift for Carillon's Hopelink Holiday Giving Tree Program. Or choose from one of the beautiful lakefront restaurants to enjoy your Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner. And then there is the beloved Christmas Ship Celebration on Sunday Dec 15th 4-6pm in the Carillon Point Plaza. It's free and you'll enjoy watching the holiday ships parade of lights while keeping warm by a fire, listening to holiday carols, going for a horse-drawn carriage ride, and sipping complimentary hot cocoa or coffee.
-Argosy Cruises- there are lots of super fun holiday-themed Argosy cruises that depart from Kirkland (Carillon Pt). We did the Santa Brunch Cruise last year and it was lovely- the staff was all super family friendly. There were crafts for the kids and plenty of elves on hand (to keep Grandma from driving me crazy??) Food was good too and you can't beat the scenery that is Lake Washington in the holiday season. There are also evening Christmas cruises with the choir.
Feel free to comment and add other fun happenings around town that you are attending. ~j