Santa’s Grand Arrival in Issaquah Highlands

Santa Photos Issaquah Highlands Grand Ridge Plaza

Santa Photos Issaquah Highlands Grand Ridge PlazaSanta will make his grand entrance in Issaquah Highlands on Sunday, November 19. The festivities kick off at 11:30 am at Grand Ridge Plaza, home of Santa’s Winter Woodland. Watch snowflakes fall, enjoy live music and entertainment, savor free treats and warm drinks, and take selfies with Santa next to the Giving Tree.

All are welcome at this FREE community event!

  • Timberlake Church will set the tone for a magical holiday season with live entertainment, music, balloon artists and more
  • Santa will greet everyone and pose for free photos
  • Restaurants including Caffe Ladro and PinkaBella Cupcakes will serve complimentary cookies, cupcakes, savory treats, hot cider and more
  • Santa will merrily accept donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank holiday gift drive

Santa Photos Issaquah Highlands Grand Ridge PlazaWho: Kris Kringle — aka Santa — makes his grand entrance at Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah Highlands

What: Santa’s Grand Arrival

Where: The Giving Tree at the Grand Ridge Plaza fountain, located next to Regal Cinemas at 940 NE Park Drive in Issaquah Highlands. Take Exit 18 off I-90 and follow the signs to Highlands Drive

When: 11:30 am on Sunday, November 19

Why: It’s time to kick off the holiday season and collect donations for the Giving Tree!

Giving Tree: You’re invited to support neighbors in need by donating toys to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank holiday toy drive. Donate a new, unwrapped toy or gift item and bring it to Santa’s cabin or Regal Cinemas by December 4. Choose a gift you know a child will love, or pick a gift tag from the Giving Tree. Gifts are needed for children ages birth to 18. Santa and his elves will ensure that donations are delivered safely to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank’s gift barn, where adult family members will select the perfect gift for each child.

Santa Photos Issaquah Highlands Grand Ridge PlazaFood Donations: Throughout the holiday season, Santa will be delighted to accept donations of non-perishable food items for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Drop by the Winter Woodland and give your donations to Santa himself.

Photos with Santa: Professional Santa photography will be available at Grand Ridge Plaza beginning Friday, November 24. Throughout the holiday season, Santa resides in a cozy cabin at his Winter Woodland next to Regal Cinemas. Santa photographers Arthur & Associates will offer photography for purchase seven days a week.

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Donate Toys and Spread Joy this Holiday Season

Did you know the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) needs donations of toys and gift items for families? This holiday season, Grand Ridge Plaza at Issaquah Highlands is partnering with IFCB to host a toy and gift drive to help fulfill the holiday wishes of local kids. From November 25 thru December 15, donations can be dropped off at Santa’s cabin at Grand Ridge Plaza – and he’ll ensure each gift is safely delivered.

Grand Ridge Plaza IssaquahSelecting a donation is easy: Simply choose a specific wish tag from the Holiday Giving Tree, which is located at Santa’s cabin. Or, select an item that you know kids love – something that’s a tried and true favorite in your home. You can also choose items from IFCB’s Wish List.

Donation drop off: From November 25 thru December 15, donations can be dropped off at Santa’s cabin at the Winter Woodland next to Regal Cinemas Issaquah Highlands and Big Fish Grill at 940 NE Park Drive. Santa and his elves will ensure that donations are safely delivered by December 25.

Donate a toy or gift: Toys must be brand-new and unwrapped. Popular gifts include board gamesSanta Grand Ridge Plaza (Monopoly, Battleship, etc.), art supplies, puzzles, books, and movie DVDs. For older children and teens, the most desired gifts are often curling irons and hair straighteners. At Grand Ridge Plaza, you’ll find a selection of toys and games at Marshalls and Carter’s. Gifts can vary in price and value; there’s no minimum value.

Donate food: IFCB is running low on essential items and welcomes donations of non-perishable food items as well. You can drop off these donations at Santa’s Winter Woodland, and Santa will speed delivery to IFCB. In-demand items include canned meats, healthy soups, breakfast cereals, pasta sauce, Boost/Ensure, nuts, and canned pasta meals. IFCB reports that it already has plenty of green beans and canned pumpkin on its shelves.

Santa Regal Issaquah HighlandsDonate new clothing: Help the IFCB fulfill wishes for clothing items by purchasing new clothing for kids. All donations must be un-washed with tags on. The most requested items at this time of year are warm clothing such as hoodies and winter jackets. There’s no need to wrap the gifts.

Year-round donations of clothing: IFCB also accepts donations of lightly used clothing and shoes for men, women, children and babies on a year-round basis at its warehouse at 179 1st Avenue SE in Issaquah. There is a 24-hour drop box at the front of the building.

Thank you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!

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