Eastside festivities include Garden d'Lights, through Dec. 30, Bellevue; Snowflake Lane, through Dec. 24, Bellevue; Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink; and Redmond Lights, Dec. 1-2.
Holiday festivities brighten the Eastside at the Garden d’Lights display, Snowflake Lane and Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink daily through the holiday season in Bellevue; and at special Redmond Lights events Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.
Light sculptures inspired by the beauty of nature fill Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden daily through Dec. 30, including holidays. Displays of colorful plants, flowers, birds, animals and cascading waterfalls can be enjoyed along a well-lit pathway in the scenic garden, a short drive from downtown Bellevue. Hot beverages and snacks are available indoors in the Education Center. The Trillium Shop with garden and nature-themed books, art, jewelry and more is open every evening. To avoid lineups at the door at the popular event, advance ticket purchase is recommended.
In downtown Bellevue, snow is in the forecast nightly at Snowflake Lane, along with live toy soldiers, Jingle Bell dancers, snow princesses, floats, music, lights and Santa. Now in its 14th year, the nightly spectacle is a popular local tradition, drawing thousands of spectators through Dec. 24 along Bellevue Way between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square.
Bellevue also hosts the area’s only outdoor ice skating at Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink, open daily, including holidays, through Jan. 13. The ice arena is partially covered for skating in all weather, with skating lessons and other special events, a covered spectator area and food concessions.
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Celebrate diverse winter traditions, cultures and faiths at Redmond Lights events Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2. Saturday features a Holiday Market at Redmond Senior Center; Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks show at City Hall Campus; and the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk to Redmond Town Center with musical entertainment, refreshments and activities for all ages. On Sunday, take a stroll through the Redmond Central Connector with luminaries, light displays and artist installations, followed by activities and a singalong at Redmond’s new Downtown Park.
For more events on the Eastside and elsewhere, see our Community Calendar listing.
Time: 4:30 to 9 p.m. daily, lights off at 9:30 p.m., through Dec. 30
Cost: $5, ages 10 and younger free
Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; parking $5/car, cash only, as space allows, or free with a disability parking permit; free parking available at nearby Wilburton Hill Park
More info: 425-452-6844 or bellevuebotanical.org/event/garden-dlights
Time: 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24
Location: Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth Street and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue
More info: snowflakelane.com
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Time: 3 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 3 to 9:30 p.m. Monday; 3 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday; 1 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 1 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; 3 to 11 p.m. Dec. 7; hours vary through Jan. 13
Cost: $15, $10/ages 8 and younger including skate rental; $11, $6/ages 8 and younger with own skates
Location: 100 100th Ave. N.E., Bellevue
More info: bellevueicerink.com
Holiday Market: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond; 425-556-2314
Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5 p.m. followed by fireworks 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, City Hall Campus, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond
Luminary walk: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to Redmond Center; 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, to Downtown Park
More info: redmondlights.com