Kent Winterfest, the Kent Lions’ gift to the community, returns Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Town Square Plaza, 115 Second Ave. N.
• Children’s activities: 2-4 p.m. at Rusty Raven Studio, 212 First Ave. S., and Titusville Station, 205 First Ave. S.
• Local choirs and bands performing: 2-4:30 p.m. at the Town Square Plaza stage.
• Holiday readings: 3:30 p.m. Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N.
• Christmas tree and park lighting: 5 p.m., Town Square Plaza (across from the Kent Library). Santa will arrive to light the tree with a light show synchronized to music.
• New this year will be raffle prizes for children and adults, a collection of new toys for the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority’s Toys for Joy program and used eye glasses for Lions International.
Kent Lutheran Church carolers will lead a sing-a-long of Christmas carols at the main stage from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. when Santa arrives to light the Christmas tree.
“It has been our long and proud tradition,” said Kent Lutheran Church Winterfest Coordinator Irma Fritz, “to assist the Kent Lions in making Winterfest a resounding success and delighting Kent families with cocoa and caroling.”
Kent Lutheran, a downtown community church, is celebrating its 128th year in Kent. The church hosts more than 150 people at free weekly Monday night suppers and opens its doors to the homeless during periods of severe winter weather.
Kent Lutheran Church volunteers will serve hundreds of free cups of hot chocolate to festival goers during the celebration, while the Kent Lions will hand out free popcorn and hot cider.
The holiday celebration is in partnership with the city of Kent, the Kent Downtown Partnership and Kent Library.