Kick off the ho, ho, ho holiday season Saturday with Santa’s arrival, tree lighting

As he has done in past years, Santa will make his appearance via fire truck to help with Saturday’s tree lighting. (Photo by Chad Emerson)

The Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony — held the Saturday after Thanksgiving across from City Hall — is an annual holiday tradition. But this year, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has added a new twist: a festive holiday stroll through the streets of charming downtown.

The Christmas Stroll will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 in front of the chamber office, located in City Hall at 121 Fifth Ave. N. The event is free; just dress warmly and bring your friends and family.

And that’s just a sample of the holiday fun that awaits you in downtown Edmonds Saturday. The shops and restaurants decorated for the season, and you can get a first glimpse of the newly renovated block of Main Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 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.  When the movie is over, all attendees are invited to head out the door for the 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. Entertainment will include 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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