Festival of Lights – Santa Comes to Town

December 2, 2017 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

Mark your calendar, bundle up the kids (of all ages) and plan to be in downtown Kent for the arrival of the big guy in the red suit and white beard during the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, December 2nd !

Special thanks to Shelly Materials and ABC Railway for helping to provide Santa’s mode of transportation.

In addition to Hometown Bank Plaza, Kent’s winter wonderland will include the Main Street bridge and gazebo. Bring the kids and watch holiday favorites while waiting in line to see Santa! The Dickens Carolers from The Light Church will entertain the crowd by singing holiday favorites and getting everyone ready for the big moment starting at 5:30 pm. Santa will arrive at approximately 6:00 pm. Families are encouraged to get there early because the line gets long, fast. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a keepsake photo with Santa.

Once again there will be horse drawn wagon rides, sponsored by College Town Kent, throughout downtown starting and ending across from Hometown Bank Plaza on Main Street, compliments of College Town Kent! The Kent Free Library in collaboration with Acorn Alley will continue the tradition of handing out age-appropriate books (one per family) to the children after they see Santa.

Donations are being accepted to help defer the cost of the books. Please send checks made out to the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce to: 176 East Main Street, Suite 303.

Many local merchants are extending their business hours, so stop in and support them, and get some early Christmas shopping done. Bring the family to this festive community event and share in the spirit of the season.

The ever-popular event is sponsored by the following organizations: Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Kent Junior Mothers, Kent Lions, Kent Kiwanis Club and Kent Parks & Recreation.

Hot cocoa compliments of Tree City Coffee & Pastry. Cookies courtesy of the Kent Junior Mothers (while supplies last!)

Special thanks to Kent Park & Rec and the City of Kent for their assistance with this great, family-friendly event.  Thanks also to RHS Key Club for help with the Letters to Santa Workshop.

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