Downtown Kenmore Will Shine Brightly To Ring in the Start of the Holiday Season

Downtown Kenmore will shine brightly to ring in the start of the holiday season as we celebrate the City of Kenmore’s Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market on Saturday, December 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This event is one of the longest-running Kenmore traditions, bringing together multiple generations of Kenmore friends and families. Every year, this free family-friendly event invites the community to gather around the large tree outside of City Hall, which is decorated with colorful strings of lights. 

This year, the festival will feature live entertainment by local bands, choirs, and dancers. Attendees will also have the chance to decorate ornaments, cut out snowflakes, have their faces painted and visit the Holiday Market in the Hangar at Town Square.

Following Santa's arrival and the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall, attendees are encouraged to have their photos taken with Santa at Kenmore Camera. Live performances will continue inside and outside of City Hall until 7:00 p.m. 

"With the completion of the sidewalks along NE 181st Street, the Tolt Trail improvements, and the Town Square and Hangar, downtown Kenmore is becoming more welcoming and walkable," said Mayor David Baker. "With the addition of the Holiday Market in 2016, I'm proud to say Kenmore is showing more support for our local entrepreneurs."

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Event Details


Kenmore City Hall
(18120 68th Ave NE)

5:45 – 8:00 p.m.

Hangar at Town Square
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (6728 NE 181st Street)
Kenmore Camera
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (6708 NE 181st Street)
  • Live entertainment stages outside and inside City Hall
  • Santa's arrival with the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
  • Activity & craft stations
  • Nonperishable food & toy drive
  • Tabassum Food Truck offering savory Uzbeki  samsa  hand pies
  • Holiday Market featuring unique gifts and treasures from local artists.
  • Delicious drinks and treats by Diva Espresso
  • Free Santa photos


















Live Entertainment

Enjoy sights and sounds from Hopa Trop (children’s folk dance ensemble), Washington School of Dance, Cedar Park Northshore Church Choir, Moorlands Elementary School Choir, and Student Music Initiatives!

Free Santa Photos

Stop by Kenmore Camera between 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for your free Santa photo, courtesy of Kenmore Camera. Each family will receive one (1) 5x7” framed photo. Santa photo tickets will be handed out at the City of Kenmore table inside City Hall from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Your ticket will grant you access to the photo line at your ticket’s listed time. Starting at 6:00 p.m., Santa photo tickets will be handed out at Kenmore Camera. The last ticket will be handed out at 7:45 p.m.

Holiday Market

Check off your holiday list with unique gifts and treasures from the Holiday Market! Located inside the Hangar, 6728 NE 181st Street, the Holiday Market will feature fine handmade arts and crafts, including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, and decorations made by local artists including By Lovejoy, HoneyMel LLC, J. Lawson Designs, Jadeflower Ceramics, Lotus Cove Apothecary, Qin & Qin Paper Art, and Rachel Osteyee Studio.


Attendees are encouraged to donate nonperishable food and stuffed animals to support Kenmore families in need this holiday season. The City of Kenmore is partnering with Cedar Park Northshore Church Food Bank to help fill the pantry. Drop your non-perishable food donations off in designated bins at Kenmore City Hall during the event or during business hours, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through December 8. Highly requested items include canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats, boxed meals, pasta, cereal, boxed potatoes, and juice.


Event parking is available at Kenmore Village, Cooley Smiles and on street.

Thank You Sponsors

A special thank you to our event sponsors Bastyr University, Buyers' Choice, Cooley Smiles, EvergreenHealth, Eastside Natural Medicine, Frank Lumber Co., Kenmore Camera, Kenmore Grocery Outlet, Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry, LINQ Lofts + Flats, Maser's Grooming and Pet Boutique, Northshore Utility District, Puget Sound Energy, Republic Services, Snapdoodle Toys, The Spencer 68 Apartments + Lofts.

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Last updated: Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:18am