Hundreds gather for Edmonds holiday tree lighting


The official start of holiday magic in Edmonds began Saturday night with the annual Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony, drawing hundreds to Centennial Plaza in downtown Edmonds.

Produced by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and presented by Comstock Jewelers, this year’s ceremony was emceed by Richard Taylor Jr. It featured music from the North Sound Singers Ensemble, the Seattle Children’s Chorus and Maplewood Jazz Band and a visit from Santa — culminating with the tree-lighting countdown.

— Photos by Julia Wiese

  1. Loved the event! HOWEVER– the emcee’s mic DEFINITELY needed a simple “pop” filter and the volume turned DOWN 1-2 levels. (Simple adjustment/inexpensive fix.) We heard numerous complaints at various locations during the event… as well as from people leaving DURING the event due to these factors… based on their muttering, as they passed. Looking forward to next year’s event!

  2. The grandkids loved the Tree Lighting, as always, singing Christmas songs etc.
    I must mention Santa dismissively speaking of Covid and his multiple kudos to Richard Taylor.
    This took place while the masses, including children of all ages, were positioned behind white plastic chains with blue signs designating VIP and DACA seating. I get special seating for people with issues, but VIP seating was a bit much. The area aroung the stage should be open for all.
    Christmas IS for kids not VIPS.

  3. My husband and I noticed the same thing. Santa spent so much time praising the emcee that he forgot to say HoHoHo

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