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Issaquah Reindeer Festival
(since 1988)


Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays with family and friends! 

Take part in the most unique annual holiday celebration in the Northwest,

offering excitement and fun for everyone!

What to Do

  1. Meet Santa Claus in his House
    Santa is available Dec. 1-23 from 10:30am to 4:00pm with short breaks to check on his Reindeer.
  2. Picture Yourself with Santa
    Capture the joy of the Holiday Season by purchasing a photo with the Big Man Himself,
    Santa Claus. $15 for the first photo in a special Reindeer Festival photo folder.
    $10 for each additional photo or $5 for 3 photos using your own camera. (Dec. 1-23).
  3. See Santa’s Reindeer Team
    On your way to Santa’s House and Barn, feed his Reindeer and watch them play.
  4. Stop by Santa’s Post Office
    Write a letter or draw a picture for Santa and put it in his personal mailbox.
  5. Sit in the Grand Traveling Sleigh
    Sit in the Sleigh that Santa uses to make his remarkable journey around the World.
  6. Hear a Story from an Elf
    Visit Story Time Theater for a story read by an Elf (on the hour).
  7. Wander through the Magic Forest
    Hand Feed Santa’s South American Reindeer and Santa's Special Listeners, and hop on over to his Postal Carriers with built in pouches.
  8. Observe Santa’s Kittens
    Admire the strength and skill of Santa’s Kittens and as they prepare to accompany Santa and his Reindeer Team.
  9. Embark on a Magical Journey
    Take in the magnificent sights and sounds of this unique Holiday Festival.
  10. Watch Santa’s Candy Cane Makers
    Notice how carefully they clean their stripes before helping Santa make beautiful candy canes.
  11. Visit with Santa's Playful Pups
    Watch them frolic and play as they help keep everyone in the holiday spirit.
  12. Feed treats to Santa’s Animals
    Feed Santa’s designated creatures zoo approved yummy treats (available for purchase).
  13. Shop for Unique Gifts Galore!
    Discover the perfect holiday gift for yourself or anyone on your list at the Wild Treasures Gift Shop. Pick up a puzzling puzzle, a cuddly creature, or a festive fleece to complete your holiday shopping.
  14. Admire the Breathtaking Art & Bronze Sculptures
    Take a moment to peruse the stunning collection of Wildlife Art in the Nature Gallery and Museum and view the largest collection of Animal Bronzes of any Zoo in the country.
  15. Give to our Toy Drive
    The Issaquah Reindeer Festival proudly donates toys to kids in need. Bring your new, unwrapped present to the Festival and receive one free child's admission to Cougar Mountain Zoo for your next visit January through March the following year.
  16. Enjoy Hot Drinks and Snacks
    Treat yourself to hot chocolate, apple cider, scrumptious cookies and other tasty treats.

And Much More…….

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