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Shop local while enjoying holiday festivities at Burien’s Winterfest

Buy hyper-locally for the holidays while celebrating the season with a sleigh-full of family friendly activities at Burien’s annual Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 7.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. stroll streets decked out in their holiday best while enjoying live singing by the Marvista Elementary School choir, photos with Santa for people and canines, in-store specials, a scavenger hunt at local businesses, holiday crafts for kids, horse-and-carriage rides and hot treats.

Make holiday shopping a breeze, fuel efficient and cost effective with Winterfest. Not only will there be in-store specials and gift-wrapping at some businesses, Burien’s small shops also offer out-of-the-ordinary presents. Gift ideas range from handcrafted chocolate and jewelry to the best in affordable fine wines, pet care, cute and comfortable shoes, facials and more. Beat the chill with free hot treats like cocoa and spiced cider at various shops.

Whether human or hound, free photo ops with Santa abound from 10 to 3 p.m. People can pose with jolly old Saint Nicholas at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate, 930 S.W. 152nd St. The family pooch can join SantaDog at The Mark Restaurant & Bar, 918 S.W. 152nd St.

Win a shopping spree through a scavenger hunt at local businesses. At each participating store get a secret word. Then combine the words to form the correct sentence. Bring the sentence to the yellow Winterfest information tent to be entered into a drawing for a shopping spree at Burien businesses. While there, grab a Winterfest guide with a map of scavenger hunt locations. The guide is also available at participating shops. Find the yellow Winterfest information tent at Burien Town Square, Southwest 152nd Street and Fifth Place Southwest.

Get into the holiday spirit with the sounds of the season sung by the Marvista Elementary School choir at 2:30 p.m. in Olde Burien. The wee ones can play with holiday crafts from noon to 4 p.m. at Collins Chiropractic, 619 S.W. 152nd St.

Take a load off weary feet with a free festive horse-and-carriage ride from noon to 4 p.m. along Southwest 152nd Street between Olde Burien and Burien Town Square.

Sponsors of the Winterfest event are Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate and the Discover Burien Association. Dr. Jim Coleman and El Dorado West are sponsoring the horse and carriage rides. Other activity sponsors include Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate, Collins Chiropractic, the Mark Restaurant & Bar, and Marvista Elementary School. Discover Burien is a nonprofit organization that works on the economic development, promotion and marketing of the city.

The event centers on Southwest 152nd Street in downtown Burien and Olde Burien, from First Avenue Southwest to Tenth Avenue Southwest. For more information on Winterfest, call (206) 433-2882 or (206) 941-7199, or go online to www.discoverburien.com

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