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holiday kickoff at Columbia City's lighting festival


The air’s getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, and the streets are filling with holiday shoppers. The holidays are here, and in honor of that, Columbia City will be hosting a variety of events and activities to celebrate the season.

This year the Columbia City Business Association and its members will be launching a redesigned holiday event, one that includes and spans Columbia City's entire business district along Rainier Avenue South. Columbia City's first Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, at the Southwest corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Hudson Street. Details are here.

For the eleventh year in a row, Columbia City will be kicking-off the festivities of the season with a family-friendly holiday celebration.

Local performance groups, the Rainier Beach Children’s Choir and the Beaconettes, will also be providing musical entertainment throughout the ceremony and festival. Treats and snacks will also be provided courtesy of a number of local Columbia City businesses including Geraldine’s Counter, the Columbia City Bakery, and Wink Eyewear. Many children, as well as their parents, will be happy to know that Father Christmas is expected to be in attendance at this year’s Holiday Lighting Festival. To accommodate the festival and its guests, Columbia City will also be closing South Hudson Street, between Rainier Avenue South and 37th Avenue South, to all vehicles.

“Columbia City’s holiday events have become a beloved feature of the business district and surrounding neighborhood, and this year, we really wanted to try to create something that could encompass the entire business district,” said Michele Bayle, owner of Wink Eyewear and Columbia City’s Annual Holiday Lighting coordinator. “As a business district that is almost entirely made-up of small businesses, it’s really important that we support our local businesses by creating a fun and festive atmosphere that will encourage people to come, stay, shop, eat, and play in Columbia City.”

In addition to the Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Saturday, December 3, a number of local businesses and restaurants will also be offering shopping deals and holiday specials throughout the month. For more information on these and other events please visit:

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