Kent Lutheran Church members sing Christmas carols in the Kent Town Square Plaza during Winterfest last year. The group returns to entertain festival goers this year. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Kent Lutheran Church members sing Christmas carols in the Kent Town Square Plaza during Winterfest last year. The group returns to entertain festival goers this year. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Winterfest to light up Kent Town Square Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 1

Festivites include music, visit from Santa and Christmas tree lighting ceremony

  • Monday, November 26, 2018 12:18pm
  • Life

The Kent Lions and its foundation present Kent Winterfest at the Town Square Plaza on Saturday.

Holiday activities are from 2 to 7 p.m., featuring live music, kids activities, complimentary drinks and snacks and a visit from Santa for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The Kent Downtown Partnership provides kids’ outdoor activities beginning at 2 p.m. There will face painting, blowup seasonal balloons for photo opportunities and Christmas caroling. The Kent Library offers a holiday reading at 3 p.m.

The Kent Station Santa House will be open.

Local choirs and school bands will perform traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols.

Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. to count down the lighting of the tree and the Town Square, synchronized to music and lights.

There will be a free raffle with prizes for children and adults. The public can donate new toys to the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority’s Toys for Joy drive, food items to the Kent Food Bank and used eye glasses to Lions International.

MOViN 92.5, 98.9 The Bull, and AM 880 KIXI will be on site to provide fun activities and giveaways throughout the event.

A refreshment tent will be open from 3 to 7 p.m., serving hot cider, hot chocolate and popcorn provided by the Kent Lions and Kent Lutheran Church.

Church volunteers also will entertain festival goers with Christmas carols.

Kent Lutheran, a downtown community church, is celebrating its 129th year. The church hosts more than 150 people at free Monday night suppers and opens its doors to the homeless during periods of severe winter weather.

The holiday celebration is in partnership with the city of Kent, the Kent Downtown Partnership, Kent Station, and Kent Library.

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