18-month-old Ellie Fischer from Kirkland enjoys the tree lighting at Kirkland’s Winterfest. Katie Metzger/staff photo

18-month-old Ellie Fischer from Kirkland enjoys the tree lighting at Kirkland’s Winterfest. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Kirkland lights holiday tree at Winterfest

The family-friendly event also featured photo opportunities with llamas and Santa.

The Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) and the city of Kirkland kicked off the holiday season with their annual Winterfest and tree lighting on Dec. 1 at Marina Park.

Other activities included a sledding hill, bonfires, live music and entertainment, food trucks, and pictures with Santa and Kirkland’s favorite llama, Keiko. Kirkland councilmembers also provided free hot cococa.

The tree lighting was followed by an ugly sweater after party and karaoke at Wilde Rover. All ticket proceeds and donations helped the KDA fund Winterfest and all of the lights in downtown Kirkland.

See www.kirklanddowntown.org for more.

Hundreds of community members celebrate after Kirkland’s holiday tree lighting in Marina Park on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Hundreds of community members celebrate after Kirkland’s holiday tree lighting in Marina Park on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Members of the Bettes and Beecher families from Kirkland get their photo taken with Santa at the Wilde Rover during Winterfest on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Members of the Bettes and Beecher families from Kirkland get their photo taken with Santa at the Wilde Rover during Winterfest on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Kirkland’s Josefina Shore, 5, gets a push down the sledding hill at Kirkland’s Winterfest. The snow slide was sponsored by Life Community Church. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Kirkland’s Josefina Shore, 5, gets a push down the sledding hill at Kirkland’s Winterfest. The snow slide was sponsored by Life Community Church. Katie Metzger/staff photo

One of Kirkland’s “Christmas llamas” was available for photo opportunities at Winterfest on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

One of Kirkland’s “Christmas llamas” was available for photo opportunities at Winterfest on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

The Collective, a dance group from Kirkland, performs at Winterfest in Marina Park on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

The Collective, a dance group from Kirkland, performs at Winterfest in Marina Park on Dec. 1. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold and City Councilmember Jon Pascal greet community members and hand out hot cocoa at Kirkland’s Winterfest. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold and City Councilmember Jon Pascal greet community members and hand out hot cocoa at Kirkland’s Winterfest. Katie Metzger/staff photo

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