With the construction of the Redmond Senior and Community center, the tree is surrounded by construction fencing and is not accessible for lighting this year.
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Redmond Lights 2022 is located in Downtown Park at 16144 Cleveland St, Redmond, WA 98052. The month-long installation of light and art begins on Dec. 1 and the last day for viewing is Jan. 4.
Redmond Lights 2022 is taking place from Dec. 1, 2022 through Jan. 4, 2023, in Downtown Park. Lights and art can be viewed on any event from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday Night Celebrations with live entertainment will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, and 16 in Downtown Park.
Lights and art will be available for viewing in Downtown Park each evening from 5 to 11 p.m. from Dec. 1 to Jan. 4.
Redmond Lights moved to Downtown Park in 2020 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions and King County’s planned sewer upgrade project along the Sammamish River Trail, which is where the luminary walk of the event historically took place. Redmond Lights continued in Downtown Park in 2021 to continue to meet COVID-19 restrictions and the delay of the planned construction. In 2022, with COVID-19 restrictions removed, in-person, live entertainment will now be reinstated as a part of the event. However, with the construction of the Redmond Senior & Community Center on City Hall campus and planned King County construction along the Sammamish River Trail, the event will remain in Downtown Park. In June and July of 2023, staff will evaluate the current construction timelines for both projects to determine the location for Redmond Lights 2023 and beyond.
Redmond Lights is free to attend. Some vendors may charge for food, beverages, or other goods during the Friday Night Celebrations on Dec. 2, 9, and 16.
You can get your Redmond Lights blinker starting on Dec. 1 at a Redmond Lights Blinker Stop. The map of Blinker Stop locations (coming soon!) will guide you to where you can pick up this year’s exclusive blinker. Blinkers are first-come, first-serve, and available in limited numbers, so be sure to get yours early in the month. Local organizations and businesses near Downtown Park were contacted starting in mid-September to be a Blinker Stop. This year’s Blinker Stop program is sponsored by Stock Charts.
The Redmond Lights website lists ways for businesses to be involved including event sponsorship, business window decorating contests, blinker stops, and more.
Business outreach for Redmond Lights 2022 began in August 2022. Businesses surrounding and near Downtown Park were visited by staff and many others were contacted through OneRedmond, email, and other partnerships and contacts.
The art for Redmond Lights 2022 is being selected through two artist calls. One call opened to the public from Aug. 12 to Sept. 23. The second is specifically tailored for participants of the 2022 Public Art Intensive Eastside, a free two-day basic training for visual artists who wish to develop their work for the public realm. Applicants from both calls are reviewed by a selection panel that includes artists, members of the community, and Arts and Culture commission members. The recommendations from this panel then move to the Arts and Culture Commission for approval. Following approval/selection, this year's process includes additional check-ins with artists to ensure that the final artwork continues to align with its approved design.
Visit redmond.gov/RedmondLights to learn more.
This year, Redmond Lights is able to expand to include in-person programming at Downtown Park during the month-long installations of light and art. That programming will be during Friday Night Celebrations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, and 16. Everyone is welcome to visit Downtown Park during these times for live entertainment and activities. More expansive information will be available on the website at www.redmond.gov/RedmondLights closer to the event timeframe.
OneRedmond will be hosting an International Winter Market on December 3 at Downtown Park during Redmond Lights. You can view more information about this on their website.
You can view the logos and links for all Redmond Lights sponsors on the main page of the event website at www.redmond.gov/RedmondLights
Downtown Park has restrooms available during open park hours and these will be available to all Redmond Lights attendees.