Per annual tradition, the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB will celebrate the holiday season by hosting a slew of family friendly and festive events, with a colorfully decorated downtown Redmond serving as the ideal backdrop.
From the Starlight Parade, Community Tree Lighting and the Holiday Village Market to the Giving Tree, the Downtown Holiday Open House and the Gingerbread House Contest, hardly a weekend will go by from Thanksgiving through Christmas when a holiday event won’t entice you to Redmond’s downtown corridor.
Below is a summary of Redmond holiday events taking place this year:
Saturdays, December 5 and 12, 11am-5pm at Centennial Park
Find original gifts for the hard-to-buy-for friend, family member or co-worker at Redmond’s Holiday Village Market. Held on four days throughout the holiday season, the Holiday Village Market features vendors selling local arts, crafts and artisan goods from old-world-styled kiosks and vendor spaces within Redmond Centennial Park.
Through Monday, December 14
Green Plow Coffee Roasters 436 SW Sixth St.
Those wishing to help make Christmas a little brighter for Redmond-area children and teens can pick a tag (or multiple tags) from the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree serves to assist approximately 150 children and 75 families by providing a conduit through which the citizens and neighbors can help provide gifts, clothing, shoes, etc. to those less fortunate.
Through Thursday, December 24 Outside Green Plow Coffee Roasters
Santa’s Mailbox, a connection to the North Pole for children wishing to pass along their wish lists to jolly old St. Nick, will again be placed outside of Green Plow Coffee Roasters. Letters will be accepted through Christmas Eve.
Saturday, December 5, 11am–4pm Downtown Redmond
Businesses will be abuzz with the holiday spirit, offering refreshments, music, special events and a downtown Charm Stroll. Visit with Santa at the Redmond Antique Mall (535 SW Sixth St.) and listen to Mrs. Claus read children stories at Paulina Springs Books (422 SW Sixth St.). Pick up a Charm Stroll Passport at Redmond Antiques Mall (for a small donation for Girl Scout Blessing Bags) that will allow participants to collect free holiday charms throughout downtown.
Starting Saturday, December 5
The Redmond Downtown Association, with the help of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB, invite you to participate in Redmond’s third annual Gingerbread House Contest. It is a wonderful tradition for families everywhere, and a great way for you to showcase your creativity, humor and love for the Christmas season.
The contest is open to the public, with entries displayed in various businesses in and around downtown Redmond. Entries will be judged within three categories: adult, children and professional/business.
Through March 1, 2016 Downtown Redmond Plaza, Across from Centennial Park
Strap on a pair of ice skates and start a new winter tradition this season at the Redmond Ice Skating Rink, once again set in the Downtown Redmond Plaza on Seventh Street across from Centennial Park. Thanks to the City of Redmond and the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (RAPRD), people of all ages and levels can enjoy this traditional winter activity throughout the winter, weather permitting. Rink at 541-977-7841 or RAPRD office at 541-548-7275.