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Explore Kirkland

Kirkland is a vibrant waterfront destination with an unparalleled blend of outdoor recreation, artdining and boutique shopping. Located on the shores of Lake Washington just east of Seattle, no other city in the Puget Sound region has as many waterfront parks and beaches as Kirkland.

Kirkland is home to award-winning hotelswineries and restaurants and hosts a dynamic repertoire of events spanning art openings and performances to athletic events, wine festivals and outdoor concerts.

From adventure and outdoor activities to shopping, strolling and sipping Washington wine with a water view, come explore all Kirkland has to offer. Check out our itineraries page for themed experiences.

City Hall located downtown (123 5th Ave) has free night and weekend parking!

 
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half arrowHoliday Home Tour
December 6

Self-guided tour of four beautifully decorated homes... more
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December 13

Google Lights is a spectacular display featuring more than 25,000 lights that blink, twinkle and sparkle in time with festive, holiday music... more
half arrowSecond Saturday Contra Dance
December 14

Fun evening of contra dances (social dance originally from New England)... more
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December 15

Join in Puget Sound's premier long-distance holiday-themed running and walking event... more
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Featured Activity: Argosy Christmas Ship Festival Argosy Christmas Ships
The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™, is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all.

Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard, to fellow boats and to communities gathered on shore. Select your preferred way to experience the Christmas Ship and prepare for the holiday event of the season!
 
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Featured Exhibit: “Pareidolia People”
In coordination with the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, King County Engineering for Kids, the Kirkland Arts Center presents a community exhibit that features a collection of six, colorful outdoor works by Ed McCarthy.

See Pareidolia People: Sculptural Installation On Park Lane tv_camera
           
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Pareidolia People Exhibit
Park Lane and Main Street