November 27, 2000
Woodinville Festival of Lights - Dec. 8-24
WOODINVILLE - Thousands of lights will illuminate Wilmot Gateway Park and the Sammamish River as the City flips the switch to the 90-ft. tree of lights and the sparkling light displays along the river Friday, Dec. 8. Lights will operate from 6-10 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through Dec 24.
Other activities planned for the kick-off on Friday include free rides on the Elf Express lighted train, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, a teen art show and, of course, Santa's arrival and photo booth. All activities are free.
Event locations: Wilmot Gateway Park (17301 131st Ave NE), and Brittany Park Leisure Care (17143 133rd Ave. NE).
Where to park?
€ Woodinville Park & Ride (179th and 140th NE). Catch the free Event Shuttle Bus in front of Frontier Bank next to the Park & Ride lot.
€ Additional (but limited) parking at Wilmot Park, City Hall campus & back lots of the 175th Street Station business park.
€ No parking available at Brittany Park.
€ Disabled parking is available at Wilmot Gateway Park and at Brittany Park.
€ Elf Express lighted train will provide free shuttle service between Wilmot Park and the Brittany Park event sites from 6-10 p.m.
Other Festival of the Light happenings include:
'Tis the Season Swing Dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, for ages 12 years old to adult, at the Northshore Senior Center Ballroom, 10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 a person. Swing dance lessons will be offered from 6:30-7 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m. with dancing to a popular swing band, Portage Bay Big Band, from 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Parents, for your convenience, the Holiday Kidzone offers a variety of fun activities for children 5-11 years old in the room next-door to the ballroom. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.
Santa Skate is planned for Sunday, Dec. 10, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at Kingsgate Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave. NE, Kirkland.
Admission to the event is free with a donation of two canned food items per person for the local Hopelink Center. Enjoy live music, skating, and a visit from Santa at this popular holiday event. No registration is required. Bring your own skates or free skate rental is provided, but limited.
For a full schedule of activities check out www.woodinville-city.com or call Woodinville Parks and Recreation at (425) 398-9327.