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Auburn’s Holiday Happenings


Here are some of the great events and attractions Auburn has to offer this holiday season.  Put on your mittens, grab your loved ones and enjoy some of Auburn’s holiday cheer!

Auburn’s Ice Rink

Now-January 31st | Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-7pm
Main Street Plaza
For the first year ever an artificial ice rink pop up is located in downtown Auburn!  Brought to the city by the Auburn Downtown Association, the temporary rink is located the Corner of E Main St & Division St, across from City Hall.  Purchase your tickets across the street at Gosanko Chocolate at 1 East Main Street. Tickets are $6 for kids (under 12) and $8 for adults (skates included).  Plenty of restaurants within walking distance.  Open daily until January 31, 2019.


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November 29th-December 10th
Community and Event Center
New this year, Auburn’s  Gingerbread House Contest! This fun event celebrates the holidays and brings the community out to see what Auburn can build! Any structures real or imaginary, houses, igloos, spaceships, etc. will be accepted. This event is free and open to all groups and individuals.

Ten entries will be on display at the Community & Event Center from November 29th until December 10th at noon. Stop by and vote on your favorite display.


November 29th and 30th | 7pm
Performing Arts Center
Pacific Ballroom Dance will present “Celebrate” on two nights, November 29th and 30th at 7:00pm. Come kick off your holiday season with this joy-filled performance.  Tickets are $15-$18.
Buy tickets now

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Auburn’s Annual Tree Lighting Event at City Hall | Courtesy Photo, City of Auburn

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Saturday December 1 | 4:30pm
Downtown Auburn, City Hall
A free, festive and fun children’s parade, which is followed by community caroling and the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree and a spectacular synchronized light show.


The Santa Parade is open to all children’s and community groups! Gather all your friends, clubs, groups, troops, and more and join us for this fun and festive holiday parade.  Registration is required to walk in the parade and will be available day-of. Participants are encouraged to review the parade rules and regulations.

Holiday Snack and Craft

December 1st | 2p-4pm
Washington Elementary
This is a great opportunity for families to create fun holiday gingerbread houses and ornaments – a warm way to ring in the holidays and a yummy activity prior to the parade.  Admission into the Snack & Craft is $5 at

the door. You can pay the admission in advance at the discounted price of $3/$4 (resident/non-resident) ONLINE, over the phone by calling our Parks Front Desk at 253-931-3043, or in-person at the Auburn Community and Events Center (910 Ninth ST SE, Auburn WA 98002).


Photos with Santa Paws

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Auburn Examiner’s best employees, August and Loki, with Santa Paws!

Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd | 9am-3pm
Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A St SE Auburn
Does your dog dream of a new toy? Does your kitty yearn for some catnip? Bring them to the AVHS Shelter and let them tell Santa Paws!  No appointment necessary for your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws. A $25 donation includes a photo card plus digital photo files of 50-75 photos on a bone-shaped USB flash drive for your use, plus dog toys and treats (cats will have cat toys and treats). A professional package worth $400.

For $40, you’ll receive the photo-print card, the digital photo and a copy of the 2019 AVHS Pet Calendar, featuring beautiful images of some of the pets in our community. Even if you don’t bring your pet to the event, you can purchase a calendar separately for $15. Dogs must be on a leash and cats and other pets must be in a carrier. The proceeds from this event provides care for our abandoned and homeless animals at AVHS. Get your pet photos done early!


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December 1st | 1pm-4pm
Rail Hop’n Brewing Co.
Coming to the Auburn Downtown Santa Parade? Come down early and get a hot chocolate with a digital holiday picture in our winter setup with our photographer for only $1.00. First come first serve for 3 whole hours!

Red, White & Blue Holiday Concert

December 2nd | 2pm
Performing Arts Center
Auburn Performing Arts Center
Sing in the holidays with this annual free community concert performed by the 133rd Army Band of the Washington National Guard. Enjoy a festive and rousing concert of patriotic music honoring our troops, together with all of your favorite holiday music and carols.  Tickets are free, but required for admission and will be available for pick-up only beginning November 1 at the Auburn Community & Event Center (910 9th Street SE). Limit 6 per family.

Christmas Tea at the Neely Mansion

Sunday, December 2nd | Sessions at 12:00, 1:30, 3:00
Neely Mansion, 12303 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd, Auburn
Featuring a delicious seasonal buffet tea, tours of the Mansion, costumed docents, holiday music, and an opportunity to take your own seasonal photos. RESERVE YOUR SEAT
Adults $15, Children $10  (5-10 yrs.)

Sensitive Santa

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The Outlet Collection

Welcoming children and families with special needs!

Take advantage of this FREE private, comfortable photo experience with Santa. Before mall hours we lower lighting and music to reduce any sensory triggers to offer you a private photo experience with Santa. Refreshments and holiday crafts will be available during any wait time. * Photo packages are separate and pricing varies

Reserve your time by clicking on the RSVP button.

Vintage Christmas at Neely Mansion

Sunday, December 2 | 1PM – 3PM
Neely Mansion, 12303 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd, Auburn Come have your picture taken with Santa and his lovely wife in their beautiful Victorian era costumes. Than mansion will be decorated for the holidays as well.You can take pictures yourself for FREE!

Santa and Sasquatch at the White River Valley Museum

Thursday, December 6th | 6:00pm-8:00pm
White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE
Auburn, WA 98002

Late Play Date – Special Visit w/ Santa AND Santa Squatch!  On the first Thursday of every month drop-in for FREE admission and themed activities perfect for families with children 3-12 years of age, no registration required. Sponsored by the Robert Chinn Foundationnbsp;

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – The Musical

December 7-9 & 13-16 | 7pm & 2pmauburn avenue theater, auburn avenue players, auburn community players, auburn wa
Auburn Ave Theater
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Join us for this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.  Check the Auburn Avenue Website to confirm showtimes and ticket availablity. 
Buy your tickets now

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 8th | 8:30AM and 11:30 AM
Auburn Community & Events Center 
910 9th Street Southeast Auburn, WA
A chance for your little one to tell Santa exactly what’s on his/her list! You’ll enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast and great entertainment.
Fee: Adults: $8 (Auburn resident)/$10 (non-resident)
Child: $7 (Auburn resident)/$9 (non-resident)
Tickets by calling: Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation 253-931-3043

Paw-liday Pet Caricatures at Auburn Lakeland Town Center

Saturday, December 8th | 1pm-3pm
Pet Pros, 1404 Lake Tapps Pkwy E, Auburn, WA 98092
Be sure to mark your calendar, because you won’t want to miss this fun-filled event. The free caricature of your pet will make a great keepsake for you to enjoy for years to come, and it is a great way to ring in the Paw-liday season! We can’t wait to celebrate this special time of year with you and your pet.

This event is first come, first serve, so we recommend arriving early to secure your spot in line. For a full schedule of Paw-liday Caricature Events, check out our blog.

Longevita Holiday Cookie Exchange

Saturday, December 8th | 2pm-4pm
Longevita Pilates & Yoga Studio, LLC‎
Come celebrate the holiday season, adopt a senior from our giving tree as we decorate and share holiday cookies!
*cookie exchange*
Please bring 1-2 dozen treats or cookies with a list of ingredients or a recipe card.
Participation in cookie exchange not required.

AHS Holiday Craft Bazaar

Saturday, December 8th | 9am-4pm
Auburn High School Commons
Join us for a day of holiday shopping with local crafters and Retail vendors

Lakeland Hills Community 1st Annual Tree Lighting Event

Sunday, December 9th | 3:30pm-5:30pm
Sunset Park Pavillion, 1306 69th St SE, Auburn, WA 98092
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3:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Wagon Rides, Hot Cocoa and Santa at the Sunset Park Picnic Pavillion
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM: Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Lakeland Town Center
? Meet Santa and tell him your Christmas Wishes
? Enjoy a “Magical” Horse Drawn Wagon Ride
? First 85 Families will receive a Christmas Stocking filled with Goodies
? Enjoy Hot Cocoa, Coffee and Snacks
? Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Town Center Court Yard
? Christmas Carols performed by The Auburn Riverside Choir
And the ARHS Dance Team will perform a kick line as well! ♥

We’ve partnered with Gildo Rey Elementary School to collect 300 unwrapped toys for Children ages 0-12. Last year there weren’t enough toys to satisfy the need and some children went without. This year, we are asking Santa for a toy for each child. (Donations can be dropped in our collection box at Lakeland Starbuck’s or can be brought to the Tree Lighting Event)

2nd Annual Chocolate & Beer Pairing with Santa!

Sunday, December 9th | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Geaux Brewing, 425 E Main Street, Auburn, Washington 98002

Once again, we’re teaming up with our pals at Gosanko Chocolate to bring you our 2nd annual Chocolate & Beer pairing event. After tirelessly poring through all of the truffle and fudge options that they have to offer (someone has to do it!), we’ve selected what we think are some of the tastiest combinations. As a bonus, this year we’ll pair up our newly-released Woodinville Brewing Company’s smoked porter.

Best of all, Santa will be on site with chocolates for the kids (and big kids)!

Tickets: $25.  If you are planning to go to this event, please make sure to buy tickets via the Eventbrite page. If you do not purchase tickets in advance, Geaux can’t guarantee they will have enough chocolate for walk-ins. 

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Mayor’s Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 12th |2pm-4pm
Auburn Community and Event Center
Join Mayor Backus on Wednesday, December 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Auburn Community & Event Center for her annual Holiday Open House! Live entertainment, appetizers and cookies, plus a visit by Santa!

Jingle and Mingle Plaid Christmas Party!

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Details to come – check Rail Hop’n Brews’ Facebook event for updates.


Friday, December 14 |7:00PM-9:00 PM
Performing Arts Center at the main campus of Green River College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA.

Heavier Than Air Family Theatre presents this timeless classic musical, Scrooge. Tickets are $16 RSVP (online) or $20 at the door (if available).

Cookies With Santa

Saturday, December 15  |10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Outlet Collection
Cookies + Santa: Probably the best pairing ever! Come have treats with the big man at the Outlet Collection

A Hectic Holiday

December, 15th & 16th | 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm
Performing Arts Center
Allegro Performing Arts Academy presents “A Hectic Holiday”
Join us for our annual Holiday Showcase, a great tradition and fun for the whole family.  Adults $16, Seniors and Students $15
Follow Allegro’s Facebook event for more information, and to purchase tickets

Pet Pics With SANTA!

Saturday, December 16th | 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Outlet Collection
Pets LOVE Santa, too! So bring yours to visit him and get a pic
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December 1st 2-4 p.m.
Holiday Snack & Craft
Washington Elementary

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Monday, December 17th | 7:30pm
Performing Arts Center
Celebrate the holidays with Auburn Symphony Orchestra!  Bring the whole family for Trans-Siberian Orchestra rock arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes, plus the Concert Suite from The Polar Express.  Come early for family-friendly activities and bring a non-perishable food item benefiting the Auburn Food Bank! $37 general $30 senior $10 student
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Crafts with a Cop

Tuesday, December 18th | 5pm-7pm
Rail Hop’n Brewing Co.
Come have fun and get a little creative with the officers who keep us all safe.  FREE event.  All ages are welcome. Please RSVP to the event on our Facebook so they can make sure to have enough supplies.

Networking Holiday Event

Thursday, December 20 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, 420 E Main Street, Auburn, Washington 98002

Come and network with Auburn Area Community and Business members as we festively celebrate the holiday season! Enjoy food provided by Iron Horse Casino and drinks from Schilling Hard Cider.  Holiday games and prizes during this cheerful time. Tis the season 5:30 to 7:30
Free event part of the 3No Networking Thursday series

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