Snohomish County Tree Lighting Celebrations

List of Snohomish County Tree Lighting Festivals

Time to wrangle up the family and celebrate the start of the holiday season with your favorite cities tree lighting festival.

Each city has their version of a tree lighting/Santa celebration.  We hope to see you there.




Arlington Tree Lighting

December 2, 2017 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

114 N Olympic Ave
Arlington, WA 98223


8:30am-noon:  Santa Breakfast Tickets $15. Arlington Education Fundraiser. Located at Presidents Elementary, 505 E Third Street. More information to come.

10am-6pm:  Handmade Holiday. Vendor fair at Pioneer Hall, 20722 67th Ave NE. Sponsored by Arlington Farmers Market.

11:00-2:30 Live music in downtown merchants parking lot. Sponsored by DABA. Firepit, cocoa and cookies, presented by United Church and Youth Dynamics. Kiwanis evergreen swags for sale.

11:00-2:00 Firepit, Smores, and Crafts with Lifeway Church at Legion Park. Arlington Scouts will have fire pits and s’mores available. Music groups will also be performing in the park.

Noon: Santa Parade on Olympic Avenue, welcome Santa Claus to town! Join the parade with a donation of can food. Line-up is at 11:30 at 5th Street on Olympic Avenue.

12:30pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony at Legion Park with Mayor Tolbert presented by City of Arlington. Caroling and  Festive Sweater Contest sponsored by Arlington Lifeway.

12:30-4:30pm: Wagon Rides on Olympic Avenue, free, sponsored by Downtown Arlington Business Association



Bothell Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

23718 Bothell Everett Highway
Bothell, WA 98021


It’s a holiday wonderland at Country Village with live reindeer, caroling by local quartets all day long, a whimsical gingerbread house display, surprise visit by the Grinch, and 35 local shops and restaurants all decked out in their best with thousands of twinkling lights.

Be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop featuring on the spot Santa Photos by Arthur & Associates – Holiday Photographers. Darigold will be onsite located near the pirate ship giving out hot cocco and eggnog samples. Complimentary hot roasted organic chestnuts sponsored by PCC Natural Markets begin at 4 pm ‘til they last. In addition to our tasty restaurants, our farmers market vendor, Road Dawg will be selling hot dogs and deep fried oreos!

Santa will arrive to our winter wonderland at 7pm. He will light our sparkling traditional tree and greet the crowd. Everyone will get a chance to meet Santa and receive a candy cane.

This event is free and open to the public so bring your friends and family and celebrate the season!


Brier Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

2903 228th Street SW
Brier, WA 98036


Santa arrives at 6:00 pm.
Join us for some carols with The Brier Elementary Carolers.  Hot cocoa, cider, cookies, candy canes, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The lighting of our holiday tree. Food Drive for Concern for Neighbors Food Ban.


Edmonds Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 25, 2017 4-5:30PM

5th Ave N & Bell St
Edmonds, WA 98020


– 3:30 FREE Refreshments at Centennial Plaza
– 4:00 Program begins with Santa to follow
– 5:30 Program ends.
– 5:30 to 7:00 follow Santa to Canarino Gelato for photographs

Help Support These Groups at the Tree Lighting:
• Bring food donations for the Nourishing Network
• Bring children’s clothing (socks, jackets, etc..) for Clothes for Kids



Everett Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Waterfront Center
1205 Craftsman Way
Everett , WA 98201


The Port of Everett invites the community to join us on the waterfront for a day of family-fun at our annual Holiday on the Bay event.

Kids activities beginning at 1 p.m.

This year the event includes:

– Everett Farmers Market Holiday Festival (Saturday & Sunday)
– Face painting and washable tattoos
– Holiday cookie decorating
– Holiday craft decorating
– City of Everett fire truck rides
– Holiday music and movies
– Holiday drink specials at waterfront restaurants
– Toys for Tots Toy Drive
– Tree lighting ceremony
– Visit from Santa and elves
– Viewing of the lighted boat parade

Toys for Tots is accepting new, unwrapped toys for those in need this holiday season. Please bring gifts to the Waterfront Center drop box, located near the Scuttlebutt entrance November 1 thru December 2. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit


Gold Bar Tree Lighting
Friday, December 15 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

107 5th St
Gold Bar, Washington 98251

(360) 793-1101
[email protected]

The holidays are coming up quick! Gold Bar’s Annual Christmas Light Parade and Festival is the best way to kick off the holiday season! Bring the whole family for an evening of fun in Gold Bar.
There will be free photos with Santa at the Gazebo Park off of 5th Street from 6:30 PM- Done.
Line up for the light parade begins at 5:30 PM at the Gold Bar Family Grocer and the light parade will follow after at 6:00 PM. After the parade join us at the Gazebo Park off of 5th for festivities, Visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and MORE!

Hope to see you and the whole family on Lewis Ave and 5th street for an evening of fun!


Lake Stevens Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Lake Stevens Community Center
1808 Main Street
Lake Stevens , WA 98258


Kick off the holiday season with this community celebration!

Join us downtown at the new City Hall plaza and at the Community Center for a visit from Santa, caroling, treats, and a tree lighting.



Lynnwood Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

5326 176th St SW
Lynnwood , WA 98037


Local Music Groups Performing

  • The WhiteHouse Pre-School
  • Beverly Elementary Choir
  • Seaview Elementary Choir
  • Ampere Collective – Local Jazz Combo

Activities For All Ages

  • The Ultimate Melt – Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Hot Revolution Donut Truck
  • Balistic Swing Ride
  • Santa arriving on a Firetruck
  • Appearances by Lynnwood Mayor, Police & Fire Departments
  • Meet the Chick-fil-A Cow
  • Photo Booth
  • Face Painting



Marysville tree lighting
December 2, 2017 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

514 Delta Ave
Marysville, WA 98270

[email protected]

5:00PM Winter Wonderland Family Activities & Photo Booths • Holiday Craft Show.

5:30PM Holiday Concert featuring Soulevard, Live Music Sponsored by Grandview Village.

6:30PM Electric Lights Parade with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by Tower Lighting, Holiday Bonfire and Fun for the Entire Family.

Cost: $30



MIll Creek Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mill Creek City Hall South
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012


Join the Mill Creek community for holiday festivities. Start with the annual Santa Parade down Main Street. Stay to take in the sights and sounds of  the annual tree lighting at City Hall.

A few highlights from the event include performances by Jackson High School drum line, Voices Northwest Chorus, cookie decorating, carriage and wagon rides, and photos with Santa and his elves.



monroe tree lighting
Saturday 12/03/2016 @ 12:00 PM

Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Info Center
125 S Lewis St
Monroe, WA 98272


Join us Saturday, Dec. 3rd in Monroe to celebrate the winter season and ring in the holidays with our annual tree lighting ceremony, Light Up Monroe!

Downtown Monroe will be alive and festive for the holidays with live music, crafts, indoor market, local business retail specials, FREE pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and so much more!

So grab the family and all your friends and come on out to Downtown Monroe for a great day of holiday cheer and shopping!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 5 pm at the corner of Lewis and Main.

Schedule of events:
8:00 am to 9:30 am – Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop – Monroe WA will be hosting their Saturday Sampler class from 8:00 – 9:30 am (

10:00 am – Santa Breakfast at Big Daddy John’s

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop – Monroe WA will be hosting a Make & Take class. You can a Directional Sign for $12 and/or Angel Earrings for $3 and/or join in their Ornamentally Yours Series and make holiday ornament.. (Visit their website for more information)

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm- Join us at Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center for FREE pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. ** Please bring your camera to capture the perfect photo. **

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm-Caroling and local musicians singing and playing your favorite traditional songs and music. (Schedule TBD)

5:00 pm-Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:30 pm – Cocoa & Cookies with Santa at Olde St. Nick’s.



Mountlake terrace tree lighting
First Friday Evening In December 6:30 pm

Evergreen Playfield
22205 56th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace

(425) 776-9173

The Tour de Terrace volunteers will serve cocoa, coffee and cookies at the Evergreen Playfield concession stand while local school children sing carols. The “tree”, which can be seen from miles around, is actually frame constructed with 1,800 LED lights and sits atop the city’s water tower.

Experienced attendees know that Santa will make his  grand entrance on a Fire Truck! Guests should dress warm and wear boots if the weather is wet because it is a dirt field.

The Tree Lighting event is funded through sponsorships and the 2016 event was sponsored by Vineyard Park of Mountlake Terrace. The event is free to the public, however cash donations will be accepted at the concession stand for the Michelle Ringler Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. Since 2002, the Fund has helped over 400 children register for recreation programs at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion.



December 2 @ 3:00 pm 6:00 pm

Rosehill Community Center
304 Lincoln Ave
Mukilteo, WA 98275


A tradition for over 30 years, this special Holiday event features Santa, local performers, refreshments, crafting for the family, and tree lighting ceremony outside the Rosehill Community Center.

Sponsor Santa, Buddy the Elf, a craft, card making or cookie decorating to help gain visibility with the families. You can also watch the boat parade from the perfect view.


Snohomish Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 25 at 11 AM – 5:30 PM

Historic Downtown Snohomish
1114 1st St
Snohomish, Washington 98290


Here Comes Santa Claus! SATURDAY, November 25. This is the original and official Snohomish event. Our downtown tradition for over 20 years! Santa’s annual cruise down First Street starts at approx 11:00am. (Santa’s short cruise begins at Avenue D and proceeds east the Avenue A Gazebo.) Afterwards, join Santa for live entertainment and ALWAYS FREE PHOTOS until 4:45pm. BRING YOUR OWN CAMERA! The Community Tree Lighting takes place at 5:00pm near First Street & Avenue B.
(*Times approximate and subject to change without notice)



Bothell Tree Lighting
Saturday December 2, 2017 5:30 PM

River Park
2nd & Main St
Sultan, WA 98294


It is the quintessential small town holiday event, complete with Christmas carols, hot chocolate, coffee, sweet treats and photos with Santa Claus – who is escorted to the event on a fire truck.

The Sultan Tree Lighting celebration takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Main Street Gazebo in Sultan’s River Park. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with Santa Claus arriving at 6 p.m. sharp. Festivities include karaoke featuring popular Christmas carols, photos with Santa, free refreshments, fire pits and the traditional lighting of the tree, which rests on top of the gazebo. The tree lighting event is free, family-friendly and guaranteed to infuse the community with a healthy dose of holiday cheer.

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