Downtown Redmond and Redmond Town Center

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Santa isn’t the only one multi-tasking this time of year. With all the gift-buying, card-mailing and house-decorating to do, the holidays feel more like a holi-daze. Which is why you should pack up the kiddos and head to Redmond Town Center (www.redmondtowncenter.com), where you can mix seasonal biz with seasonal fizz. Gifts? See the gorgeous holiday collections of baby and kids’ clothing at Naartjie. Cards? Pose with Santa in Center Street Plaza or hit another great photo op: the live reindeer which are stationed at the Saturday Market Pavilion (the corner of Leary Way and Bear Creek Parkway). Decorating? A ride on the Holiday Train, which tours all of RTC’s dazzling light displays, is sure to inspire. Catch the train from NE 74th Street, in front of Information Central. (Cost is $3 per person. For times, go to redmondtowncenter.com. This Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m., enjoy the annual RedmondLights celebration. Start with the tree lighting at Redmond City Hall, and then leisurely stroll along the luminary-lined Sammamish River Trail, along the way watching live entertainment. The evening ends at RTC, where there are family-friendly activities on every corner and free food samples from numerous Redmond restaurants.