The City of Kirkland is committed to the health and safety of both residents and visitors. It is our top priority. In compliance with ongoing health and safety recommendations, many 2021 signature Kirkland events have transformed to virtual. Please check our events calendar frequently for new offerings including livestream performances, concerts, self-guided hikes and much more. We hope to welcome you to our shores soon to experience all that Kirkland has to offer. In the meantime, please stay healthy.
Raucous, community 4th of July parades, the festive and family friendly Google Lights celebration, the spectacular Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, and the Persian rite of spring celebration Nowruz, Kirkland celebrates its diversity and multiple cultures with a variety of holiday-themed celebrations that exemplify Kirkland's commitment to community, family and inclusivity.
Visit Winterfest, held every December in Marina Park, and grab a cup of free hot chocolate, served to you by members of the Kirkland City Council! This fun tradition has been ongoing for years, giving our residents the chance to mingle and celebrate with Councilmembers and guests. While it seldom snows in Kirkland, kids of all ages love sledding down “Marina Mountain,” a custom-made snowy hill created just for Winterfest!
And nothing will ignite your holiday spirit more than Google Lights, which takes place at the Google Campus and the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Like Winterfest, Google Lights is held every December, and features a stunning display of over 25,000 colored lights choreographed to music! The event includes carolers, a photobooth, holiday tree, free hot chocolate and cookies and other surprises that change from year to year.
Many other holiday events await your discovery! In spring, attend the northwest's only Nowruz Festival in Marina Park, a traditional celebration of springtime and re-birth important in the Persian community. The Fourth of July parade and celebration in Kirkland is famous for its inventive parade participants and it's down-home, American community spirit. In wintertime, visit the Kirkland Arts Center’s Holiday Art Market, enjoy the traditional Holiday Home Tour or pop by Kirkland Urban for its free Winter Festival, held on several Saturdays in December. And don’t forget about Celestial Lights, a spectacular showcase of choral and choral-orchestral music set against the magical backdrop of the Bastyr University Chapel. It is no wonder these holiday concerts have become a favorite annual tradition for so many!