Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony begins with a festive Christmas stroll

Downtown Edmonds festivities on Saturday, November 24
Nov 20, 2012
The Log Cabin in downtown Edmonds is only one of a large number of businesses and buildings decorated for a festive treat this holiday season.

The time-honored holiday tradition of the Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony has been expanded this year.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, in addition to the illumination of the community Christmas tree, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has added a festive holiday stroll through the streets of charming downtown. The Christmas Stroll will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, located in City Hall at 121 Fifth Avenue North.  .

There is no fee to attend, just dress warmly and bring your friends and family.

For those who want a full day of holiday fun, purchase tickets to the Edmonds Center for the Arts annual Sing-a-long Sound of Music event (edmondscenterforthearts.org).

Beginning at Noon on Saturday, Nov. 24, 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 into downtown Edmonds just in time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Edmonds' Centennial Plaza (5th Avenue North and Bell Street).

Regardless of whether you choose to attend the Sing-a-long Sound of Music or take part in the Christmas Stroll, all are invited by the City of Edmonds to assemble at the Fountain at Main Street and Fifth Avenue at 4:30 p.m. for a first glimpse of the newly renovated block of Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets.

After imagining what Main Street will look like, walk a short distance to Edmonds’ Centennial Plaza for the much anticipated Tree Lighting Ceremony.

At the Tree Lighting, cider provided by the Chamber and Starbucks, coffee (Waterfront Coffee) and cookies (provided by main sponsor Shooby Do Catering) in front of City Hall.

Entertainment includes the 20 piece Maple Wood Jazz Band, North Sound Church choirs and Mariah Bear. The grand finale will be Santa arriving by fire truck for the lighting of the tree.

Following the tree lighting, walk with Santa just a block to the Edmonds Conference Center for hot chocolate, cookies, fun and photos with Santa Claus (courtesy of Magic Photo).

The Tree Lighting is a free community event and open to the public. Parking is available to tree lighting attendees and shoppers after 4 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

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