Per tradition, the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB will celebrate the holiday season by hosting a slew of family friendly and festive events, with a colorfully decorated downtown Redmond serving as the ideal backdrop for such holiday revelry.
From the Starlight Parade, Community Tree Lighting and the Holiday Village Market to the Giving Tree, the Downtown Holiday Open House, Charm Stroll and the Gingerbread House Contest, hardly a weekend will go by from Thanksgiving through Christmas when a holiday event won’t entice you to Redmond and surrounding areas, downtown corridor for the parades, shopping and giving, to Eagle Crest resort for a spectacular show of lights.
Get out your holiday calendars and start planning. You and your family are going to be busy starting new holiday traditions!
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25; Saturdays, Dec. 2 & 9 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
at Centennial Park, Redmond
Find original gifts for the hard-to-buy-for friend, family member or co-worker at Redmond’s Holiday Village Market, presented by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB. Held on four days throughout the holiday season, the Holiday Village Market features vendors selling local arts, crafts and artisan goods from old-world-styled kiosks and vendor spaces within Redmond Centennial Park. For more information, visit our Holiday Village Market page or call the Redmond Chamber at 541-923-5191.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 5 p.m.
The Redmond Chamber of Commerce and CVB is pleased to announce the theme of this year's St. Charles Redmond - Star Light Parade is "We are Santa's Elves"! This theme comes from the popular 1964 Christmas classic, Rudolph The Redmond Nosed Reindeer, and was actually a catchy tune created by the elves to sing to Santa. At first Santa was a little grumpy, but he quickly warmed up to the tune. We hope you have fun with the theme, and we do want to warn you that the tune does get stuck in your head after listening to it. Click to listen
The Starlight Parade is FREE to enter and will take place, Saturday, November 26th (the Saturday AFTER Thanksgiving) at 5:00p.m., in downtown Redmond on 6th Street, from Dogwood to Forest. For parade guidelines and rules see the official parade application here on the website or pick one up at the Chamber office. Parade entries are accepted up to the time of the event, but we encourage you to get your application in early and secure your spot in the parade.
The Redmond Starlight Parade is brought to you through the efforts of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB, with support from parade sponsor St. Charles Health System. (Thank you, St. Charles!) For more information, call the Redmond Chamber at 541-923-5191 or send us an email.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 24
Green Plow Coffee Roasters, Redmond
Beginning on Friday, Nov. 24, those wishing to help make Christmas a little brighter for Redmond-area children and teens can pick a tag (or multiple tags) from the Giving Tree, located at Green Plow Coffee Roasters (436 SW 6th St.) in downtown Redmond. A Redmond Chamber of Commerce tradition, the Giving Tree serves to assist approximately 150 children and 75 families by providing a conduit through which the citizens and neighbors can help provide gifts, clothing, shoes, etc., to those less fortunate. Gifts for the Giving Tree are due by Monday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.
Friday, Nov. 24 - through Dec. 24
Outside Green Plow Coffee Roasters, Redmond
Santa’s Mailbox, a connection to the North Pole for children wishing to pass along their wish lists to jolly old St. Nick, will be placed outside of Green Plow Coffee Roasters (436 SW 6th St.) in downtown Redmond – near the base of Redmond’s archway. Letters will be accepted from Friday, Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve. The Redmond Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the Santa’s Mailbox program, will collect the letters, some of which may be published in the Redmond Spokesman. All letters will be posted on the Redmond Chamber’s Facebook site. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.
Saturday, Dec. 9, Noon – 4 p.m.
Downtown Redmond businesses will be abuzz with the holiday spirit, offering refreshments, music, special events and a downtown Charm Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 9th, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Among the many holiday adventures, kids young and old can visit and get their pictures taken with Santa at the Green Plow Coffee Roaster located at 436 SW 6th St. The Charm Stroll organized by the Redmond Chamber with the downtown merchants are once again working with the Girl Scouts in helping them make over 100 Blessing Bags for our homeless people in Redmond. To participate in the Charm Stroll, we are asking individuals to bring donations such as socks, shampoos, gloves, toiletries or cash donations to Herringbone Books (422 SW 6th St). These donations will help complete the Blessing Bags that the Girl Scout Troops 50049, 50064 and 10772 will be making and delivering to the Redmond Police Station, St. Vincent DePaul, NeighborImpact, and Redmond VFW. Each participant will then receive a Charm Stroll passport that lists all participating merchants. After collecting charms, folks can bring them to David Haffey Fine Jewelry on Sixth Street to have the charms placed on bracelets for $10.00. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber at 541-923-5191.
Starting Saturday, December 9
Downtown Redmond Businesses
The Redmond Downtown Association, with the help of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB, invite you to participate in the fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest. Back by popular demand, this fun and festive contest is meant for families, businesses and kids of all ages. It is a wonderful tradition for families everywhere, and a great way for you to showcase your creativity, humor and love for the Christmas season.
The contest is open to the public, with entries displayed in various businesses in and around downtown Redmond. This year we are expanding our categories as we would love to see all of our schools participate in this great community event. New categories include Elementary, Middle and High School classroom group and individual age entries. Other judging categories will be adult, children, family and professional/business. For more information, contact organizer Cheriee Perrine at 541-504-4544 or Karen Sande at the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191. To download an entry form, Click Here!
Starting Late 2017
Downtown Redmond Plaza, Across from Centennial Park
Strap on a pair of ice skates and start a new winter tradition this season at the Redmond Ice Skating Rink, once again set in the Downtown Redmond Plaza on 7th Street across from Centennial Park. Thanks to the City of Redmond and the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (RAPRD), people of all ages and levels can enjoy this traditional winter activity throughout the winter, weather permitting. To learn more, including hours, fees, rules, etc., click here.
Saturday, Dec. 16, Noon – 4 p.m.
Holiday shoppers can take advantage of great sales, light refreshments, and special activities for the young and old; such as story time at Herringbone Books.
Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day
Eagle Crest Resort
If you and your family like to drive around at night to look at Christmas lights, you don’t want to miss Starfest, a mile-long animated holiday light exhibit at Eagle Crest Resort. Touring Starfest is free, and you can take in the lighted scenery either on foot or in your car – likely depending on the temperature. To learn more, visit the Eagle Crest website or call them at 541-233-7288.