It’s a holiday tradition that has been an Issaquah staple for three decades.
Back for the 30th year in a row, the Issaquah Reindeer Festival brings Santa Claus to town and delights all ages with festive activities and a collection of animals from around the world.
Kids can meet Santa in his house, write him a letter at the zoo’s post office and even feed his reindeer. Hear a holiday story read by an elf at the Story Time Theatre and see what it’s like to be Old St. Nick himself as you take a seat in his sleigh for photos.
Learn about how each animal at the zoo has a special role in helping Santa deliver his gifts on Christmas Eve. For example, the tigers are Santa’s candy cane makers on account of the stripes in their fur, and the emus, Santa’s Australian landing team, help the sleigh to land safely.
The Reindeer Festival runs from 10:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 30. It will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For information on admissions and discounts, visit http://cougarmountainzoo.org/Visitor%20Info/admissions.aspx.