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Redmond Centennial Celebration and Redmond Lights set for Dec. 1

The City of Redmond's Centennial Celebration and Redmond Lights festival are set for Dec. 1.

The Centennial Celebration will take be from noon to 4 p.m. at the Redmond City Hall campus, 15670 N.E. 85th St. and Redmond Lights will take be from 4-8 p.m. at City Hall and Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. N.E.

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.

The Centennial celebration will include food, music and activities with an old-fashioned twist and a stage featuring the Redmond Chorale performing a special, centennial-themed song at 12:30 p.m. 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 local wood carver Tomas Vrba will demonstrate his art. Kids can partake in the Penny Candy Hunt, at 1 p.m. Gingerbread houses depicting historic buildings in Redmond will also be on display in the City Hall lobby.

Metropolitan Grill will be at City Hall from noon to 6 p.m., offering warm beverages and a selection of hot meals, including barbecued pulled pork and salmon, prepared on-site in their traveling smoker.

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

The Candy Cane Hunt returns this year as well. Children of all ages can participate beginning at 4 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. Santa will be arriving just before 5 p.m. to help with the tree lighting.

Music and entertainment will line the walk along the Luminary Trail from 5-6:45 p.m. Starting off the stroll will be the Redmond United Methodist Handbell Choir, performing under the 85th Street bridge. In addition, there will be 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 will include barber shop harmonies, Croatian singers and traditional holiday carols.

At Redmond Town Center, the festivities begin at 5 p.m. continuing until 8 p.m.

The Redmond Lights Chili Cook-Off returns. Chili participants include the Redmond City Council, Fire Department, Matts' Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge and a new entry: Redmond Public Works.

Entertainment will include Taiko drum group Kaze Daiko and local Beatles cover band Crème Tangerine with a holiday twist.

Kid's Row will offer free arts and crafts hosted by faith communities from throughout the Redmond area.

Sleigh Bells will ring as Santa arrives at the town center. Participating merchants will give away silver bells for a community chorus of bells (while supplies last) at 7 p.m. at Center Court to welcome Santa's arrival.

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 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

For more information about Redmond Lights visit www.redmondlights.com.

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