Edmonds to sparkle with sights and sounds of holiday Saturday

Enjoy photos with Santa and his helpers at the Edmonds Conference Center Saturday following the tree lighting.

A reminder that Saturday is filled with festivities in Edmonds.

For starters, it’s Small Business Saturday, a nationwide celebration of shopping small. Be sure to patronize locally-owned businesses throughout Edmonds — from Highway 99 and Five Corners to Firdale Village and Westgate to Five Corners and downtown.

At 3 p.m., the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a festive holiday stroll through downtown, starting in front of City Hall at 121 Fifth Ave. N. We hear that a sing-a-long will occur with song sheets available. The event is free; just dress warmly and bring your friends and family.

In addition, the Edmonds Center for the Arts is hosting its annual Sing-a-long Sound of Music event. Beginning at noon, the whole family can watch the original 1965 movie in glorious Technicolor, with lyrics on-screen for all the songs, and heckle and cheer accordingly. Wear your favorite costume from the movie!

When the movie is over, all attendees are invited to head out the door for the annual tree lighting, located at Edmonds’ Centennial Plaza (5th Avenue North and Bell Street). You can enjoy cider provided by the Chamber and Starbucks, coffee courtesy of Waterfront Coffee, and cookies from main sponsor Shooby Do Catering. Be sure to stop by the My Edmonds News table, pick up a complimentary candy cane and say hello!

Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with entertainment that includes the 20-piece Maplewood Jazz Band, North Sound Church choirs and Mariah Bear, followed by Santa’s arrival on a old-fashioned fire truck for the tree lighting. Afterward, walk with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Elf and the Gingerbread Man to the nearby Edmonds Conference Center, where North Sound Church will lead a sing-a-long and Magic Photo will be taking pictures of Santa with the children. The Center will also serve coffee, hot cocoa and cookies.

The tree lighting is a free community event. Parking is available to tree lighting attendees and shoppers after 4 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

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