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A Busy Holiday Season Coming Up in Auburn, Highlighted With Santa Parade

Santa at City Hall 

The City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation announces this year’s holiday line-up with a wide range of activities perfect for the holiday season. The Auburn festivities kick off on Saturday, Dec. 5, with a Snack & Craft activity and the annual Santa Parade, held on Main Street beginning at 4:30pm. Following the parade, community caroling, the annual Tree Lighting and a synchronized light show will be held at Auburn City Hall. Head over to the Auburn Avenue Theater after the event for the adorable performance of ‘Elves and The Toymaker’.

For those that want to join in the parade, report to the parade line-up area (E Street NE and Main Street) at 4 p.m. No registration is required. Participants are asked to review the parade rules and regulations, which can be found at www.auburnwa.gov/events. The Auburn Elites from Pioneer Elementary will provide parade spectators with a pre-parade treat – filling Main Street in front of City Hall with exciting entertainment. 

Prior to the parade, families can enjoy the returning “Holiday Snack & Craft” activity from 2 – 4 p.m. at Washington Elementary, 20 E St NE. Participants can join the Parks Staff in creating holiday gingerbread houses and ornaments. It’s a warm way to ring in the holidays and something yummy to fill your belly before the parade! The pre-registration fee is $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents. Registration at the door is $5. So staff can be properly prepared, it is recommended to pre-register prior to attending. 

The Auburn Ave Theater, 10 Auburn Avenue, will be a festive stop after the parade and tree lighting events, with a performance of ‘The Elves and The Toymaker’ at 6:30pm - a holiday favorite that’s sure to get you in the spirit of the season. A toymaker and his wife have been working day and night to get toys ready to give to boys and girls everywhere, but the elves discover the toys have disappeared. This holiday musical will delight audiences young and old, and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all. Tickets are $8. Advance tickets available at the Parks Office or on-line at www.auburnwa.gov/arts. Or get your tickets on the day of the event (pending availability) at the theater box office, starting one hour before the show. 

The popular Red, White & Blue Holiday Concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2pm at the Performing Art Center. The 133D Washington Army National Guard will perform holiday classics and all the favorites of the season. Tickets are free with food donation, but required and can be picked up in advance at the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Office. 

Santa will be especially busy on Saturday, Dec. 12 for every child’s favorite breakfast event. Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation will host a Breakfast with Santa at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE. There will be two seatings for breakfast: at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cost is $5 for residents of Auburn and $7 for those living outside the city ($6/$8 for adults). The event features a special breakfast served by Santa’s elves, musical entertainment and a special visit from Santa. Pre-registration is required for the Breakfast with Santa event. Event fills up quickly so early reservations are recommended.  

If parents are looking for some ‘kid-free’ time for a night out, or to do some last-minute shopping, send them to the holiday-inspired Parent’s Night Out events at the Les Gove Gym on Saturday, Dec. 12 or Saturday, Dec. 19. Parent’s Night Out is offered from 5-10pm and includes games, crafts, inflatable toys, a pizza dinner and more kid-approved fun! 

The Auburn Ave Theater will be bustling for the holidays, with six scheduled performances. The soulful sounds of V. Contreras will fill the theater at 7:30pm on Friday, Dec. 11. An Inspirational Christmas with Elvis is planned for Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30pm. The following day, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2:00pm is Christmas with the Gothard Sisters, a popular Celtic trio – who really are sisters! Tap Root Christmas Show is planned for Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm. The following day, Saturday, Dec. 19, will be Ted Vigil’s Christmas performance, starting at 7:30pm. Doktor Kaboom – The Science of Santa will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available at the Parks Office, on-line at www.auburnwa.gov/arts or at the box office one-hour prior to the show.  

Santa will make a special visit to the Indoor Playground at the gymnasium at Les Gove Park. This is a great photo option for young ones, especially if they are apprehensive about meeting Santa, because they’ll have the opportunity to see him and get adjusted before snapping that special photo. He’ll visit the Playground from 9:30-11am on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 13. 

The White River Valley Museum has holiday activities planned too. Enjoy a fun, holiday-themed late night play date on Thursday, December 3, from 6:00-8:00pm. This free program is perfect for kids age 3-12 – they’ll especially love the cookie decorating station! The late night play date is a drop-in program and no registration is required. On Saturday, Dec. 5, a Holiday Tea will be offered at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Participants will enjoy a full menu of teatime savory and sweet treats. Holiday Tea is $15 per person; registration required. For more information, please contact the White River Valley Museum at 253-288-7433 or www.wrvmuseum.org

For more information on Auburn’s holiday events, contact the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043. Parade rules and a parade map are posted on the City of Auburn’s website, www.auburnwa.gov/events.