Kirkland Winterfest Events

Join us for a heartwarming holiday celebration as the Kirkland Downtown Association proudly presents “Winterfest: Together in Kirkland for the Holidays.” These festive events are a fantastic opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the magic of the season.

Don’t miss out on any of these exciting activities – be sure to follow the Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) for updates, event schedules, and special surprises. Winterfest is a time to come together, enjoy the company of friends and neighbors, and create cherished memories.

Winterfest: Together in Kirkland for the Holidays is all about community, togetherness, and celebrating the joy of the season. Let’s make this holiday season truly special by sharing it with our Kirkland family. We can’t wait to see you there!

Gingerbread House Competition

Be part of a cherished tradition that celebrates creativity, holiday cheer, and sweet architecture! It’s time for the Third Annual Kirkland Gingerbread Competition, where imagination and gingerbread collide to create delightful masterpieces. This year’s theme is “Pacific Northwest Inspired,” so let the beauty of the region guide your gingerbread dreams.

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Nov 30 – Preferred registration ends at 5 pm. Last-minutes are always welcome.

Dec 1st – Dec 2nd: Drop off period at Merrill Gardens.

Houses will be displayed until the end of December.

Dec 14: Voting for favorite house ends.

Dec 15: Awards reception at Merrill Gardens from 4-5 pm.

Dec 30 & 31st: Participants pick up Gingerbread Houses

Winter Markets

Looking for the perfect way to embrace the holiday spirit and support your local community? Look no further! Join us at the Kirkland Urban Winter Markets on November 25th, Dec 2nd, December 9th and December 16th, where you can shop, connect, and celebrate the season with local artisans, crafters, makers, and farmers. Follow along on social

Read to learn more about what vendors will be featured at each market. We cannot wait to see you and Shop Local!

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Winter Wine Walk

Get ready to kick off the holiday season in style with an unforgettable adventure through the heart of downtown Kirkland. Gather your friends, family, and loved ones for a magical evening filled with art, shopping, and, of course, the finest libations.

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Google Lights

Time: 5-7 pm
Be a part of the epic annual tradition at Google Lights at the Cross Kirkland Corridor! On Friday, December 1st, Kirkland neighbors are invited to come together and celebrate the commencement of Google’s Musical Holiday Lights. Join us as we gather to flip the switch on an astounding 10,000 LED lights, all synchronized to a custom-programmed holiday music show, thanks to the talented Google Kirkland engineers. While the event promises to be a dazzling spectacle, we encourage those who can to take public transportation, walk, or bike to the show, as parking is limited. Let’s usher in the holiday season with the magic of light and music, and create wonderful memories in the heart of our community. We look forward to celebrating with you! 🎄🎉🎶

Letters to Santa

Time: Starting now til December 20th

Have your kids write their letter to Santa and drop them off in the mailbox located on the corner outside of Homegrown in Downtown Kirkland! The mailbox will be out until December 20th.


Winterfest Tree Lighting

Join us on December 2nd as we come together to ring in the holiday season on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. It’s a heartwarming tradition you won’t want to miss! The Kirkland Downtown Association is excited to host its annual tree lighting event, and we invite you and your loved ones to join us. As you gather with the community, you can look forward to a magical evening filled with festive vendors, mouthwatering food options, live music that will put a smile on your face, and activities designed to create cherished memories for the whole family. Whether you’re enjoying the twinkling lights, savoring delicious treats, or simply immersing yourself in the joy of the season, this event promises to be an enchanting way to kick off the holidays. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Location: Marina Park

Time: 4-7pm

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Downtown Holiday Carolers

Join us on December 8th, 15th and the 22nd for a heartwarming and festive holiday caroler experience on Park Lane. Take in the enchanting sounds of the season as talented carolers serenade the streets with traditional holiday tunes. Whether you’re content to simply listen and be swept away by the melodies or eager to join in the singing fun yourself, this evening promises to be a delightful celebration of the holiday spirit. Gather with friends and family, soak in the ambiance of the season, and create cherished memories as we come together to celebrate the magic of the holidays through song and community. See you there!

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Winterfest is packed with a myriad of delightful activities and events that will warm your heart and bring smiles to your face.

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