The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band performed at Redmond Lights last year and will be returning to this year on Dec. 3. They will be located at the western entrance of Redmond Town Center at Northeast 74th Street and Bear Creek Parkway. The band was formed in 1952 and has performed internationally and throughout the Northwest.

The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band performed at Redmond Lights last year and will be returning to this year on Dec. 3. They will be located at the western entrance of Redmond Town Center at Northeast 74th Street and Bear Creek Parkway. The band was formed in 1952 and has performed internationally and throughout the Northwest.

Redmond Lights on Dec. 3 to feature expanded activities and Centennial kickoff

Redmond residents and visitors planning to attend the 13th annual Redmond Lights celebration can expect to see the return of many yearly traditions as well as a number of new and expanded activities, including a kick off for the city's Centennial celebration in 2012.

Redmond residents and visitors planning to attend the 13th annual Redmond Lights celebration can expect to see the return of many yearly traditions as well as a number of new and expanded activities, including a kick off for the city’s Centennial celebration in 2012.

Redmond Lights will be Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. and many of the event’s festivities will take place at the Redmond City Hall campus at 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond Town Center (RTC), located at 7525 166th Ave. N.E., as well as Bear Creek Meadow next to the town center. Luke McRedmond Park at 15811 Redmond Way will also play host to activities.

Lisa Rhodes, event and marketing administrator for City of Redmond, said the event celebrates all of the different religious and cultural traditions that take place in the city during this time of year.

“It’s a great event to bring all of them together,” she said.

Rhodes has been involved in organizing Redmond Lights for three years and said the event has grown every year in the number of volunteers, sponsors and attendants.

This year’s celebration is extra special because the annual tree-lighting, which begins at 4:50 p.m. at City Hall, will also include a kickoff event for the city’s centennial in 2012. Rhodes could not say anything more about it other than it is “extra special.”

“It is a surprise,” she explained.

Santa Claus will also arrive at City Hall just before 5 p.m. to help with the ceremonies.

As for returning favorites, Rhodes said the hot air balloon glow at the park and meadow has been expanded and will be from 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (weather permitting). Last year’s first-ever Candy Cane Hunt at City Hall will also return and has also been expanded.

“We sold out (last year) and so we’ve doubled the capacity,” Rhodes said.

This year, the hunt will be big enough for the first 400 3-10 year olds who sign up. The hunt will be from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Rhodes said people can also watch professional ice sculptors work their magic in the park and at RTC and also visit Santa’s reindeer in the town center. She said the reindeer have been part of Redmond Lights once before, but it has been about a decade.

The Chili Cook-Off has moved to RTC and will include teams representing Redmond’s fire and police departments and City Council like last year, but has expanded to include teams from local businesses as well. Matt’s Rotisseries & Oyster Lounge and Taste of Amazing will also be competing for bragging rights as the best chili makers in town. Rhodes said the competition will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and offer people free samples, while supplies last.

Music and entertainment this year include the Redmond Chorale, Northwest Boychoir and Gothard Sisters on the main stage at City Hall. The town center will feature the tunes of “kindie” rock band The Not-Its! and Crème Tangerine, a local Beatles cover band.

Rhodes said there will also be a Santa breakfast event the following weekend on Dec. 10 at the Redmond Senior Center (RSC) at 8703 160th Ave. N.E. from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets, available now, are $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-17. Children 2 and younger are free with a paying adult. Tickets will be $15 (adults) and $12 (kids) on the day of the event (space permitting).

Parking is available at either the town center or in the City Hall parking garage. A free shuttle service will be available outside of Gene Juarez in the south parking lot of RTC and at the RSC. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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


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