Kenmore tree lighting festival and holiday market will take place from 4 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 7. Photo courtesy of city of Kenmore Facebook

Kenmore tree lighting festival and holiday market will take place from 4 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 7. Photo courtesy of city of Kenmore Facebook

Kenmore’s tree lighting festival and holiday market returns Dec. 7

The festival will run from 4-8 p.m.

Kenmore’s annual Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market is returning Dec. 7.

The family friendly event will include entertainment for everyone from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Kenmore.

Community members can expect entertainment from local choirs and dance groups, arts and crafts, a holiday market and free photos with Santa.

“This is a great event for the community to come together,” said Stephanie Brown, volunteer and events supervisor. “It’s an annual tradition and a fun way to celebrate with the community.”

The tree lighting festival first began in 2006, with the holiday market later being added in 2015, according to Brown.

Activities will take place at Kenmore City Hall, The Hangar and Kenmore Camera.

Activities at City Hall, 18120 68th Ave. NE, will include local dance and musical performances, free activities, nonprofit booths and toy and food drives from 4-7 p.m.

At the Hangar at Town Square, 6728 NE 181st St., activities will include the holiday market and live music. Diva Espresso will offer beverages for purchase from 4-7 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., attendees can stop by Kenmore Camera, 6708 NE 181st St., for a free photo with Santa. The tree lighting and Santa’s arrival by fire truck will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall.

Brown said the city has partnered with Cedar Park Northshore Church Food Bank to help fill the pantry. The food and toy drive will be located at City Hall during the event or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 11.

Volunteers can fill out the volunteer intake form at bit.ly/2reXa1C.

Santa will arrive at Kenmore City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of city of Kenmore Facebook

Santa will arrive at Kenmore City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of city of Kenmore Facebook

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