For a flurry of gift ideas and an exclusive holiday shopping experience, Country Village Shops would like to invite you to the official kick off of the holiday season: A Taste of the Holidays! For over 25 years Country Village has provided a great family friendly holiday filled with the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy discounts and specials in 40 unique shops offering new, vintage and one-of-a-kind gifts that you will not be able to find anywhere else, set in one of the hidden jewels of Seattle’s eastside.
Spend the day shopping or bring the family and enjoy the playful surroundings of the Country Village’s tug boat, duck pond or pirate ship and playground. Check out the Gingerbread House Display and don’t forget to grab some hot roasted chestnuts while they last!
At night, the Country Village comes alive with thousands of twinkling lights, a perfect backdrop for the Taste of the Holidays Wine Walk! This adults only event from 5pm-8pm features over 15 local wineries offering samples of their finest wines. A fabulous night to mingle and connect with friends. Proceeds from this year’s Wine Walk will benefit a great LOCAL charity, the Northshore Schools Foundation. Come out early to get some shopping in, then do the walk and experience the flavors from some of our areas best wineries! Tickets for the wine walk are available on line at countryvillagetaste.eventbrite.com or at the door.
The Taste of the Holidays starts at 10am, hot roasted chestnuts begin at 4pm, and the wine walk at 5pm. Come early to get a head start on the shopping season! Country Village Shops thanks you for supporting local business.
Here are some of the great specials, deals and demos happening this weekend:
Creativity Place: Make & takes
Eclectic Haven: Food tasting
An Afternoon to remember: Free tea with $20 purchase AND free tea with $20 purchase
Quite the Find: 20% off any item $20 or more. Some exclusions apply. See shop for details
Bon Sejour Home: 30% off apparel.
Sankara Imports: Buy one scarf get one 50% of
Heartland Interiors: 10% off all Christmas and candles and gift with $40 purchase
Town Hall: Tips on how to clean silver
The Weed Patch: Food samples and hot apple cider
Poppies: 15% off 1 item when you take a giving tree name tag (n.d.'s not included)
Village Eatery: Drawing for 2 village teas
Cranberry Cottage: Enter to win a fabulous holiday basket with purchase
LIfe Solutions: Free chair massage, demos and gift certificates. Kids can help us make our huge holiday paper chains (perhaps while mom gets her free massage or foot zone),Gluten free desserts from the Fancy free bakery.
O'Malley and Potter: Buy 10 Egyptian hand-made glass ornaments; get one FREE (equal or lesser value.) Hand etched and decorated with 12 ct Gold.
This morning we were happy to have the Bothell Fire Department stop by and help us put some decorations on the tip top of our large community Christmas tree! Once again this year the Country Village Shops have pulled out all the stops and have brought in a HUGE Christmas tree for this year's holiday season!
One issue was that we could not get to the tip top of the tree. Since there are thousands of people who come to admire the Country Village during the holiday season and as the Country Village puts on the much loved Santa Arrival community event each year, the Bothell Fire Department came out and quickly assisted us with decorating the tip top of the tree. It was so nice to see active community involvement from our local fire fighters and we so appreciate being able to work with them on this event
We would like to especially thank Lieutenant Jeff Sandman, Firefighter Jeff Salatino and Firefighter Brian Shulz for coming out and quickly getting the top on our tree decorated! We could not have done it without you guys! Thanks, and see you at Santa's Arrival!
Well, like clockwork the culprit we’ve been tracking struck again. This time, it was one of Country Village's home décor favorites, Cranberry Cottage. Quite frankly, it doesn’t surprise me. Cranberry Cottage is known for its new and vintage home décor furniture and gifts.
Security cameras caught him relaxing on a comfy chaise lounge. Unfortunately he vanished before we were able to open the door, but we have now confirmed his identity. It is in fact, Santa Claus.
When I accepted this position 15 years ago I had been told about strange events around this time of year, dating back to the opening days of Country Village. But until this year we were unable to confirm the visitor. All of the hard work installing our security cameras has finally paid off.
It’s such a relief to finally confirm my suspicions and I am hoping to be able to meet Santa in person. I have a feeling this year, he wants to be caught, I mean, why else hang around and read books? The Cranberry Cottage is known for its amazing variety of home décor products, styles and ideas so I am sure Santa had plenty to choose from.
We are continuing our investigation and will be interviewing shop owners who have experienced Santa’s late night shopping and will be reporting back to you later this week. Until then, stay frosty.
-Anthony Scroogetti, Country Village Shops Security
I have been head of security here at Country Village Shops in Bothell for the past 15 years. Each year, around this time, my team begins to receive reports of unusual after-hours activity. Of course, we are used to the typical ‘chicken stuck in a tree’ or ‘kids stuck in the pirate ship’, and we’ve also been trained to set speed traps for the train conductor, checking the water levels in the duck pond…. But nothing prepares us for the continual reports of large quantities of products mysteriously disappearing from store shelves each night.
As Head of Country Village Shops Security, the shop owners here look to me to solve what had initially appeared to be, "crimes". And, normally I would classify it as such. Except that the culprit leaves old world gold coins and a note of thanks on the counter near the cash register. He also has a penchant for cookies and milk.
I have had my suspicions for a long time as to exactly who this is that visits us each year. And, why wouldn’t he? We have more than 40 unique stores with such a variety of gift items, toys, antiques, artwork and some great restaurants…. What more could the Big Guy ask for?
This year, my team and I have set up additional surveillance cameras to see if we can catch a glimpse of our nightly shopper and solve this long time mystery. We are asking the public for their help. Please send any tips to via our CONTACT US page. And, stay tuned… I’ll be sure to post regular updates.