Volunteer Park Trust is hosting its fourth annual Holiday in The Park on Dec. 8. Live music, luminarias and free treats will be waiting for community members and friends of the park from 6-8 p.m., with main activities taking place at the front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

The Trust and its volunteers will light up Volunteer Park with 600 luminarias next Thursday night, providing the park its holiday coat. The main road will be closed to traffic, providing visitors the freedom to enjoy the park in a festive nighttime atmosphere.

“The goal is to hold a celebration for all the people in the neighborhood and people of Seattle and to get together and enjoy the park, live music, and drink some cocoa,” said VPT Events Committee member Alan Marrero.

The event kicks off with the Columbia City Community Chorus at 6 p.m., followed by the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Beaconettes and Sing Noel at 7 p.m.

Volunteer Park Trust will be serving free hot cocoa and cookies, sponsored by Tully’s and Whole Foods, respectively. Guests are encouraged to stop by the VPT booth to enter a raffle for a chance to win goodies from neighborhood businesses.

Seattle Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory will also have their buildings decorated and lit, and will stay open late for visitors during Holiday in the Park. The conservatory will also have its Polar Express already set up for the kids to play with. Following last year’s success, kids will also have an opportunity to construct a small boat, put a candle on it, and set it to sail in a little pool and attach their wishes.

Volunteer Park Trust is a volunteer-run organization with a mission to enhance and preserve the park through stewardship parties, work parties, and other events. Holiday in the Park is one of two of its signature annual events, the second being Summer Picnic, which encourages people to explore and become friends of the park without working on maintaining the park.

“We love our park and we think the whole city shares that,” said VPT Events Committee chair Nancy Iannucci. “It’s quite a unique place, and people from all over the world come to see it and we want people of Seattle to enjoy its beauty forever. Holiday in the Park is a unique opportunity to see the park how it used to be without the cars and lit up in time for the holidays.” 

People are encouraged to come dressed up for a holiday event, have their Santa hats on and strollers lit up to make to add to the festiveness.

“Up until Dec. 8, we’ll sit around with our fingers crossed that the night will turn out to be clear, without too much rain and wind,” Iannucci said.

For those who would like to volunteer during the setup and cleanup of the event, click here.