Winter is coming! Looking for something to do while prepping for the holidays? Explore Kirkland has you covered with all the ways to celebrate with your family!
Downtown Kirkland Art Walk
November 9 and December 14, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The second Friday night of every month, Kirkland artists open their galleries to the public. Explore Kirkland’s thriving art scene and learn from the local artists themselves and the inspiration behind their masterpieces. Downtown businesses will be open late so you can find the perfect espresso or wine to complement your stroll. www.kirklandartwalk.com
Holiday Wine Walk
November 16, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Taste many of the finest Washington State wines while exploring downtown Kirkland’s unique galleries and boutiques. The event will commence at The Heathman Hotel in downtown Kirkland. More information can be found at kirklanddowntown.org.
Hopelink Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run & Walk
November 18 starting at 8:30 a.m.
Kirkland’s festive Turkey Trot returns just in time for Turkey Day! This family-friendly event promises fun for all ages and levels of fitness, in support of the community action agency Hopelink, which benefits thousands of local families through food banks and community support programs. The fun begins with the Kids Dash at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m. at Marina Park in Kirkland. www.runsignup.com
Thanksgiving Dinner at Beach Café & Bin on the Lake
The Woodmark Hotel would love to host you along with your family and friends for Thanksgiving. Take part in the celebration at the Beach Cafe or Bin on the Lake with our regular menus available in addition to fantastic Thanksgiving menus from Executive Chef Jesse Olsen. Woodmark will be open from 11 a.m. until close. The cost is $48-$54 per adult and $24 for children 9 years and younger at the Beach Café. www.destinationhotels.com
Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival
November 23 – December 23
Enjoy the holidays on the high seas this holiday season! Argosy Cruises decorates their ships in hundreds of lights, and offers guests delicious holiday fare and warm drinks as you sail across the Puget Sound in true holiday nautical style. Kids also have the chance to meet Santa on this special sailing trip, and those on the shore can gather around roaring bonfires and watch as these twinkling ships sail by. The grand finale night takes place on December 23 at 7 p.m. www.argosycruises.com
Small Business Saturday
Led by national efforts from American Express, Small Business Saturday promotes shopping and dining at locally-owned, independent, small businesses across the United States. In Kirkland, celebrate the occasion on Saturday, Nov. 24 with the Shop Small campaign through December. Kirkland is known for the collection of boutique shops in its charming lakeside downtown, where you can show your support for small businesses and discover unique finds for the holidays. www.americanexpress.com
December 1, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ring in the holiday season in downtown Kirkland with the annual Winterfest celebration! Enjoy musical performances, kids’ activities, delicious food, the arrival of Santa and the tree lighting is at 5:00 p.m.! www.kirklanddowntown.org
Studio East Presents ‘Twas the Night
Saturdays and Sundays, December 1 – 23
Now in its 18th season, Studio East presents the delightfully entertaining family musical, ‘Twas the Night. Join us for this hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem – a live musical guaranteed to have the whole family laughing! Recommended for ages 4+. Performances are on Saturdays & Sundays at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for all ages. www.studio-east.org/twas-the-night
Digging for Diamonds
December 1, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and December 2, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
This holiday party at Warren Jewelers allows guests to dig in a large bowl of sand full of colored gemstones and one diamond. Each person goes home with the gemstone they pull from the bowl, including one lucky person who gets the diamond! www.warrenjewelers.net
Drink D2 Day
It’s the first annual Drink D2 Day! DeLille Cellars will have a special offer on D2 all day and encourages everyone to raise a glass (or bottle) on December 2nd in celebration of D2. No tickets required for this event, just share your D2 moment with us on social media using #drinkD2day. www.delillecellars.com/drinkD2day
December 7, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Children and adults alike will delight in this holiday light performance at the Google Kirkland campus. Bring the family for free photos in the photo booth, hot choloate and cookies for the first 1,500 people, meet Keiko the llama and watch a choreographed light show featuring 10,000 lights!
Santa Brunch and Cookie Decorating at Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
Celebrate the season at Beach Café where families will enjoy a special Holiday Santa Brunch Menu, take pictures with Santa in our Library and then head over to our Ballroom where Pastry Chef, Nichole Fleetwood, will be hosting cookie decorating! At least one adult must be present with each child throughout all festivities. Reservations required at Beach Café through Open Table.
Santa Claus is Coming to George’s
December 7, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come Experience the warmth of the Season with your friend’s at George’s and a special visit by Santa! There will be cookie decorating, elves, and Santa portraits taken by Humanature Photography with prints available to purchase starting at $25. www.georgeskirkland.com
Storybook Theater Presents Syd the Solstice Kid
December 15, 16 and 22
Travel around the world and connect cultures with ever-curious Syd the Solstice Kid. Syd wants answers! Why are the days so short in December? Where does the sun go? Join Syd and explore a collection of solstice legends and celebrations from around the world. Theme: Sharing cultural traditions. Show times are December 15, 16 and 22 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3pm. www.storybooktheater.org/tickets
12 K’s of Christmas Holiday Run and 5K
Kirkland’s premier long-distance run returns with more spirit than ever before! Come run and walk in your best holiday costumes and attire for this spirited 12K or 5K event, with a free kid’s dash, food, live music, and more waiting for you just across the finish line. www.src12ksofchristmas.com
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.