Deck the Halls! Over 100 volunteer to decorate downtown Kirkland

They climbed ladders. They climbed trees. They strung twinkle lights, garland and wreathes!

On Saturday morning, over 100 volunteers, garland in hand, canvased the downtown Kirkland core to decorate for the Holiday Season. Nary a Grinch could be found among them.


Downtown merchants, residents from almost every neighborhood and even elected officials past and present gave a hand to put some spirit into the season. Groups from Lake Washington High School and Journey Church also did their part. Much of the organizational efforts belong to Michelle Sailor of the Market Neighborhood. David Debois of Banner Bank did an amazing job with coordinating the garland with the downtown merchants and John Gilday was in charge of hanging the wreathes around town.

Elected officials were on hand too. Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet, council members Amy Walen, Bob Sternoff and David Asher along with former council member Mary-Alyce Burleigh all did their part.

The downtown merchants were very generous in this effort. The Grape Choice served as the meeting place and distribution center. George's Place provided breakfast for the volunteers and Olive You served lunch. Zoka supplied coffee and tea to weary volunteers throughout the day and Starbucks furnished the early morning coffee.

Later that eventing, the lights on the Holiday Tree were tested. The Tree Lighting Event will take place  Saturday November 27 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. Lighting at 6 P.M. – bring food donation to benefit KITH – Kirkland Interfaith Transitions In Housing

Thanks to all the Wonderful Volunteers


George’s Restaurant for Breakfast

Starbucks for Coffee Service

Zoca for Coffee and Tea

Olive You for Lunch

Additional thanks goes to these supporters of the Decorate Downtown Event


Banner Bank

City of Kirkland

Chamber of Commerce

Eastside Sun

Grape Choice

Hallmark Realty

The Heathman

Market Neighborhood Association

McLeod Insurance

Michael Delaurenti