Thursday, November 15, 2012

Celebrate the Centennial and Redmond Lights on Dec. 1

Redmond, WA —Kick-off the holiday season by joining Redmond residents, businesses, and the community at large by celebrating Redmond’s Centennial by day and Redmond Lights by night! Both events will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The Centennial Celebration will take place from Noon-4:00pm at the Redmond City Hall Campus. Redmond Lights will take place from 4:00pm to 8:00pm beginning at City Hall before proceeding down the Sammamish River Trail to Redmond Town Center.

In preparation for the Centennial time capsule, citizens are encouraged to donate items of interest or historical significance. Suggestions include Redmond High School class of 2012 memorabilia, Derby Days ribbons, or historic photos. For details, visit 100years.redmond.gov.   Read More >>

Plan to celebrate our 100 years of history with food, music and fun activities, with an old-fashioned twist. The Centennial stage will host the Redmond Choral performing a special, centennial-themed song at 12:30pm. Additional performances will include Seattle favorites The Tall Boys, Greg Paul and a traditional Native American performance by the Snoqualmie Tribe.

The Redmond Historical Society and the Eastside Heritage Center will share artifacts from the past, and Tomas Vrba, a local wood carver, will demonstrate his art. Kids can partake in the Penny Candy Hunt, at 1:00pm. Gingerbread houses depicting historic buildings in Redmond will also be on display in the City Hall lobby.

Metropolitan Grill will be at City Hall campus from Noon-6:00pm, offering warm beverages and a selection of hot meals, including BBQ pulled pork and salmon, prepared on-site in their traveling smoker.

This year’s Redmond Lights celebration begins at 4:00pm with food, music and fun children's activities, continuing until 6pm. Musical entertainment includes NW Boychoir Apprentices singing holiday songs and The Fire Inside, a Celtic group, on the main stage.

The popular Candy Cane Hunt returns. Children of all ages can participate beginning at 4pm in the City Hall parking lot. Everyone will enjoy Santa’s arrival just before 5:00pm to help with the tree lighting.

Music and entertainment line the walk along the Luminary Trail from 5:00pm to 6:45pm. Starting off the stroll, the always enjoyable Redmond United Methodist Handbell Choir will perform under the 85th St. Bridge. Enjoy bonfires, entertainment and a balloon glow (weather permitting) at Luke McRedmond Park and in the Bear Creek Meadow next to Redmond Town Center. Entertainment along the trail includes barber shop harmonies, Croatian singers and traditional holiday carols.

At Redmond Town Center, the festivities begin at 5:00pm continuing until 8:00pm. The Redmond Lights Chili Cook-Off returns. Chili participants include the Redmond City Council, Fire Department, Matt’s Rotisseries & Oyster Lounge, and a new entry, Redmond Public Works. Entertainment includes a Taiko drum group, Kaze Daiko, and Crème Tangerine, a local Beatles cover band, with a holiday twist. Kid's Row offers free arts and crafts hosted by faith communities from throughout the Redmond area.

Sleigh Bells will ring as Santa arrives at Redmond Town Center. Participating Redmond Town Center merchants will give away silver bells for a community chorus of bells (while supplies last). At 7:00pm, gather at center court, to give Santa a special community chorus welcome.

Parking for the evening event is available at either Redmond Town Center or in the City Hall parking garage. Free shuttle service is available, courtesy of Microsoft Connector, outside of Gene Juarez in the south parking lot of Redmond Town Center and at the Redmond Senior Center. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes between 3:30pm and 8:30pm. For all the information about Redmond Lights visit www.redmondlights.com.


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