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Sandpoint's traditional activities kick off the holiday season

Yep, it’s hard to believe but Christmas is right around the corner, and Sandpoint’s traditional start to the season, Holly Eve, takes place on Saturday, November 22 in the beautifully restored, third-floor auditorium at the Sandpoint Event Center (the old Sandpoint High School).

Despite a disconcerting national economic picture, donations have been steady and event organizer Marilyn Sabella says the live and silent auctions feature many great goodies to help you spark your holiday spirit.

In addition to the popular Fashion Show, back after a brief hiatus, plan on complimentary champagne and sparkling water, and an incredible array of hors d’oeuvres from many of your favorite local restaurants.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are $25 per person. Get your tickets at Eve’s Leaves; Panhandle State Bank and the Festival at Sandpoint office, or call 208-263-8956 for more information.

As always, proceeds from this event benefit the Panida Theater, the Festival at Sandpoint, Pend Oreille Arts Council, Bonner Community Hospice and Community Cancer Services.

The following weekend, November 28, the traditional tree lighting ceremony takes place in downtown Sandpoint at 5:30 pm. Every Saturday throughout the season (beginning November 29 and continuing through December 20) you will find Santa at the North Pole (located inside the Cedar St. Market, on the Cedar St. Bridge). And to make it easy to shop at home for the holidays, the city is offering free parking all day at the city parking lot (just across from Town Square) from November 27 through December 31.

Don’t miss the traditional showing of The Nutcracker at Sandpoint’s historic Panida Theater. The Eugene Ballet performs this holiday classic on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 pm. Colorful sets, dazzling costumes and talented local dancers highlight this imaginative ballet. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for POAC members, and $8 for youth. Call 208-263-6139 for more information.

Need a Christmas tree to go? The first weekend of December marks Kinderhaven’s Festival of Trees. It all happens at the airplane hanger just off Great Northern Rd. Friday, December 4 is family night, a free event open to the public with the opportunity to see Santa. Head out to gaze in delight at over a dozen magnificently decorated Christmas trees. Then head back on Saturday, December 6 at 6 pm for a night of fine dining and spirited bidding on the fully decorated and accessorized trees. Trees are delivered on Sunday to the winning bidder’s living room where Kinderhaven volunteer elves will unwrap it and set it up; your only job is to turn on the lights. Individual tickets for the event are $75 each, or sponsor a table of eight for $1,500.

Can’t make the gala event? Stop by for a holiday luncheon on Friday, December 5 from 11:30 to 1 pm. Tickets are $35, or $500 for a table of eight.

See page 46 for tips on decorating a unique Christmas tree from Kinderhaven Festival of Trees alumni.

-Trish Gannon

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