Scene in Edmonds: Tree lighting delight for young and old

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Santa led the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree. And these children's faces caught the moment when the lights turned on.
Children attending the tree lighting in downtown Edmonds Saturday night react at the moment the lights are turned on. (Photos by David Carlos)
The tree in its fully-lit glory.
The tree in its fully-lit glory.

An estimated crowd of 1,000 gathered in downtown Edmonds Saturday night for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees braved chilly temperatures to sing holiday tunes and children cheered as Santa arrived in the traditional manner, for Edmonds, anyway — by fire truck.

Santa led the countdown and after the tree was illuminated, attendees were on their way to browse storefronts, dine at local restaurants and even have photos taken with the jolly Mr. Claus.

Students from Maplewood K-8 School's Jazz Band peform before the tree lighting.
Students from Maplewood K-8 School’s Jazz Band perform before the tree lighting.
The Briney family of Edmonds ready for the ceremony.
The Briney family of Edmonds is ready for the ceremony.
Edmonds Historical Museum board member Jack Hall at the helm of the popcorn machine.
Edmonds Historical Museum board member Jack Hall at the helm of the popcorn machine.
Pat McKee of Nama's Candy was the master of ceremonies.
Pat McKee of Nama’s Candy handles duties as the master of ceremonies.
Frank DeMiero directs the Sno-King Community Chorale in holiday songs.
Frank DeMiero directs the Sno-King Community Chorale in holiday songs.
Mayor Dave Earling welcomes the crowdl
Mayor Dave Earling welcomes the crowd.
Santa yells out to the kids, "Give me a high five!"
Santa yells out to the kids, “Give me a high five!”
Families gather at Canarino Gelato following the tree lighting to have their picture taken with Santa. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
Families gather at Canarino Gelato following the tree lighting to have their picture taken with Santa. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

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