Edmonds Kind of Play: Make your own holiday traditions — in Edmonds and nearby

The Edmonds tree in its fully-lit glory. (Photo by David Carlos(
The Edmonds tree lighting 2015.  (Photo by David Carlos)

Christmas traditions seem to vary widely between families. My Facebook feed is full of Elves on Shelves, homespun advent calendars, and trees of all shapes, sizes, and materials. If we had an elf, I doubt he’d make it out of the box and my Advent intentions are well, just that, intentions. We have spent many chilly nights at the Edmonds tree lighting, stuffed stockings at Teri’s Toybox (Thinking Putty!), and our Santa resides at the Alderwood Mall. Whatever your holiday traditions are, there are a lot of options in Edmonds, or right next door.

The City of Edmonds has launched its inaugural Holiday Farmer’s Market. The market, held in the parking lot next to The Rusty Pelican, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through Dec. 19. The city invites you to the marked to “Grab local produce, meats and other edibles along with fresh garlands and more from nearly 20 vendors.” Also, running on Saturdays, is a free Holiday Trolley from 12 to 6 p.m.. If you time that right, you could catch the free Holiday Trolley to the Holiday Farmer’s market for a lot of Christmas bang for your buck.

Edmonds Movie FBAs if the weather and Christmas decorations aren’t enough, Cline Jewelers is sponsoring both Free Family Movies and carolers. The first of the Free Family Movies was Friday, Dec. 4 and the next one is Friday Dec. 11. There will be two showings on each Friday, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. I just called Cline Jewelers and they let me know that the carolers will be singing all through downtown those same Fridays. It’s hard not to get a little goofy thinking about adding to the already picturesque little downtown with its fountain, trees, and the view of the ferry navigating the sound with the added soundtrack of the Holiday Trolley and carolers.

The Argosy Christmas Ship at the Edmonds waterfront in 2014.
The Argosy Christmas Ship at the Edmonds waterfront in 2014.

With singing in mind, The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship is headed to Edmonds Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Choirs sing onboard, carrying on this tradition started in 1949. If you want to board The Christmas Ship you can buy tickets here!

PrintIn our house, it really is “Happy Holidays,” as we acknowledge both Christmas and Chanukah. I am particularly fond of Chanukah as it brings us together, on the nights we remember, to say a prayer and light the candles. Celebrating with foods cooked in oil, along with being able to hold fire and receiving Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins,) are selling point for the kids. Snohomish County Executive-elect Dave Sommers and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith will join The Chabad of Snohomish County for the fourth annual public Menorah lighting. The 9-foot menorah will be lit at 4:15 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6 and will be followed by “hot latkes, chocolate gelt and FIRE SHOW.” Yes, that reads fire show. The lighting is taking place at Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave West, and you can find more information here.

1 santa-letters-By far, the sweetest Edmonds tradition is rooted in the spirit of volunteering. Between 250 and 500 local children drop off letters in Santa’s mailbox located in front of the Edmonds Log Cabin, located next to the Edmonds Historical Museum on 5th Avenue. Janine Harles, whose mother Lana was the very first “Deputy Elf,” told me that she “kept it going after she passed away in her memory.” While Harles has since passed the torch, letters are still being accepted and those with return addresses dropped off in time, will receive responses. We talk a lot about “Christmas Magic” at our house when I get the harder questions about Santa and this is the exact thing I am talking about.

— By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at jen_marx . If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at [email protected].

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