Holiday light shows, toys, concerts

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On December 4 from 4 to 9 p.m., Falling Water Gardens  (17516 SR-203, Monroe 98272) will be hosting an open house along with their annual light show in which over 80,000 lights are synced to Christmas music. Along with the lights will be photos with Santa and his elves, a gift shop where you can shop for Christmas décor or buy a fresh cut Christmas tree grown here in Washington state. Each  tree is cut as soon as it arrives and placed in water so it stays fresh longer. Refreshments and hot drinks will be served as well. This is a free event. For additional information:  (360) 863-1400.

Abbey Aney, a 10 year  old from Monroe, is once again organizing her annual community Christmas toy drive. The drive runs Dec. 7-16. Cash (used to buy toys) or toy donations (new, unwrapped toys/clothing for children from infant to 18 years of age) can be dropped off at any of the following Monroe businesses: Albertson’s, Ben Franklin, Dollar Tree and Grow With Me from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  or at the Sky Valley Food Bank ( 17288 Beaton Rd SE, Monroe).

In 2012 Abbey’s charity helped 654 families enjoy the holidays. Over 4100 new toys went to the Sky Valley Food Bank to be distributed to children in the Monroe Community for Christmas.

You can follow Abbey and her charity work on Facebook,

Join the Breath of Aire choir for a free holiday concert in the Bastyr University Chapel, Friday, December 13, from 7– 9 p.m. With its spectacular acoustics and elegance, the Bastyr University Chapel provides the perfect seasonal ambiance for this annual Bastyr tradition. As a gift to the community, President and Mrs. Dan Church offer this free special holiday musical celebration, welcoming friends and families of Bastyr University as well as neighbors and community guests.

Breath of Aire, an inspirational Northwest regional choir led by Dr. J. Bayard DuBois, will fill the chapel with holiday and seasonal favorites appealing to families of all faiths and backgrounds. The 100-member community choir provides opportunities for individuals to sing sacred music as well as classical and lighter fare.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this popular event; seating is first come, first served.  This special event is free and open to the public.Bastyr University is located at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E. in Kenmore.

Redmond Lights will celebrate the city’s cultural diversity with traditions, activities, and fun for all ages Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m.

Join us for traditions such as the luminary walk, tree lighting, kids’ activities and live music performances. New this year will be the grand opening of the Redmond Central Connector, the Marriott Merry-Go-Round, ice sculpture, reindeer and other winter holiday celebrations. For more information:

Now in its 13th year, ’Twas the Night … is a hilarious musical spin on this country’s most famous holiday poem, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, and has become a cherished holiday tradition for many Eastside and Seattle- area families.

It’s fun for all ages in a relaxed, family-friendly theater environment with two rotating casts of 40 kids and adults.

In ’Twas the Night… all the rules are broken as reindeer dress like chorus girls, cats and mice share the same stage in harmony, and time knows no bounds when the swingin’ 60s collide with prim and proper Victorian carolers.

There’s even an audience sing-a-long to keep everyone on their toes. And for those who come every year, you’re always guaranteed new surprises!

’Twas the Night… is recommended for ages 4+, and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, including intermission.

All tickets are $14. All performances are at the Studio East Mainstage Theater located at 11730 118th Ave NE in Kirkland.

Performances run through Dec. 15: Sat/Sun at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., plus Friday evening performances Dec 6, Dec 13 at 7 p.m.

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