It’s a holiday tradition in Edmonds: the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this Saturday, Nov. 30. In addition to the illumination of the community Christmas tree, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, along with the Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association, are encouraging you to Shop Small as part of the national Small Business Saturday promotion.
And on Sunday, the Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County will celebrate the Festival of Lights at the second annual public Menorah Lighting Ceremony. The Chanukah celebration will take place at 4 p.m. at the Centennial Plaza in Downtown Edmonds. The event will feature speeches by the Rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center and Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, lighting of the nine-foot Menorah, and holiday doughnuts.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a candle to light.
On Saturday, for those who want a full day of holiday fun, the Edmonds Center for the Arts will host its annual Sing-a-long Sound of Music event starting at 1 p.m. When the movie is over, all attendees are invited to head out the door into downtown Edmonds just in time for the Tree Lighting, which begins shortly after the sing-a-long.
At the Tree Lighting, enjoy cookies by main sponsor Shooby Doo Catering. coffee provided by Waterfront Coffee and served by volunteers from Chase Bank. PCC Market will provide hot apple cider and the Edmonds Museum will be handing out popcorn. Entertainment includes the 20-piece Maplewood Middle School Jazz Band, North Sound Church choirs and a vocal performance by local artist Bear Lund.
Parking is available to tree lighting attendees and shoppers after 4 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
Saturday’s grand finale will be Santa arriving by fire truck for the lighting of the tree, accompanied 5-year-old Colton McCallon, who will be the honorary tree lighter. (Colton is the son of Felicia and Nick McCallon. Nick McCallon served two tours in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart.)
Following the tree lighting, join Santa on a walk to the Edmonds Conference Center for hot chocolate, cookies, fun and photos with Santa Claus (photos taken by Magic Photo).
Both the tree and menorah lightings are free community events open to the public. Parking is available to tree lighting attendees and shoppers after 4 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.