The City of Burien this week announced a series of safe, holiday-inspired events to celebrate the season in its second annual “It’s a Wonderful Burien.”

Winter lights will illuminate Burien’s Town Square Park every night in December, encouraging people to visit downtown Burien for restaurant take-out, shopping, and seasonal experiences hosted by the City of Burien and community partners.

“We want to offer a moment of cheer during a time when gathering is difficult,” said Brian J. Wilson, Burien city manager. “The winter lights and holiday programs support our local businesses and provides an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while staying safe.”

“Our hope is that the Burien community will rally around our businesses by keeping their holiday spending local this year,” says Debra George, executive director of Discover Burien.

Here’s what’s planned:

Town Square Park Holiday Lights

WHEN: November 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.–January 1, 2021
WHERE: Burien Town Square Park

For the second year in a row Town Square Park will be lit up with holiday lights. Enjoy the lights, take a picture and visit a local business for food and gifts!

Miracle on 152nd Street & Shop Small Saturday

WHEN: November 28, 2020
WHERE: Downtown Burien

Support local businesses by buying bingo cards November 28–December 24 and participating in cookie crawls on November 28, December 3, and December 10 between 10 a.m.–3 p.m.. Visit Discover Burien for more information.

Pop Up Story Walk in Burien Town Square Park

WHEN: November 28–December 31, 2020
WHERE: Burien Town Square Park

Bring the kiddos and take a walk through the Holiday Lights in Town Square Park and enjoy a self-guided storybook stroll!

Santa Mailbox in Town Square Park

WHEN: November 28–December 24, 2020
WHERE: Burien Town Square Park

Visit Discover Burien for more information.

Artists Sunday

WHEN: November 29, 2020
WHERE: Online

Help make Artists Sunday the biggest shopping day of the year for local artists! Visit the Artists Sunday website on November 29 and search for Burien artists to support by buying art, crafts, and handmade items to purchase for holiday gifts.

Run, Run, Run as Fast as You Can, Can you Catch the Gingerbread Man?

WHEN: December 4–18
WHERE: Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Burien

Grab the family and wander Downtown Burien to find as many gingerbread men as you can!

For more information visit:

Santa Photos and Food Drive

WHEN: December 5, 2020, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
WHERE: The Tin Room, 923 SW 152nd St

Bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation to benefit the Highline Food Bank and receive a FREE socially-distant, safe Santa Photo in return.

Family Dance Party with Eli Rosenblatt!

WHEN: December 9, 2020, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Join musician Eli Rosenblatt for a fun, free, virtual family concert for all ages!  Salsa, Hip Hop, Reggae, Samba and more will have you joyful and dancing!

For more information visit:

Great Burien Baking Challenge—Gingerbread Houses! 

WHEN: December 11–21
WHERE: Your home

On your mark, get set, bake! Create the most amazing gingerbread house as you compete for star baker!

For more information visit:

Burien Actors Theatre

WHEN: Various times
WHERE: Online

For Better by Eric Coble. A romantic comedy for the plugged-in digital age!

There are four online performances via Zoom:

    • December 12 at 8 p.m.
    • December 13 at 2 p.m.
    • December 19 at 8 p.m.
    • December 20 at 2 p.m.

Visit Burien Actors Theatre for more information.

Northwest Associated Arts presents Musical Joy for the Season!

WHEN: Various times
WHERE: Online

Don’t despair…you can still get your holiday choral music fix!

More information on the Northwest Associated Arts website.

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