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Christmas comes to North Snohomish County


Arlington's Snowmen are once again on display throughout town.

The cities of Marysville and Arlington have planned holiday festivities beginning this weekend, with all activities free to the public.

The Holiday Tour of Lights at Marysville's Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810-84th St. NE, will open for its third season on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through Dec. 28.

The one exception is Saturday, Dec. 7, when city staffers will be participating in Merrysville for the Holidays instead of operating the light tour at the golf course.

"The displays are fun for everyone," noted recreation coordinator Andrea Kingsford of the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department. "From classic scenes to fun cartoon characters, everyone can relate to the lighted displays."

More than 30 scenes are dotted around the grounds, and visitors are treated to a ride on the Merrysville Express Rotary Train to see all the sights. There's even a stop planned at Santa's Workshop.

While you're waiting for your ride, enjoy a cozy bonfire on the deck with free S'mores and hot chocolate, holiday music and more. Bleacher's Grill at Cedarcrest offers special menu items for a hearty family meal.

Arlington is transformed into a glittering wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 7, as Hometown Holidays takes over the town. Stroll the downtown streets and enjoy finding unique gifts from local stores, and be sure to take a peek at the gingerbread house contest entries at the Local Scoop Café and the handcrafted items available at the Handmade Holiday Market, tucked into the old Co-Op building. Pick up a homemade treat at the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Old-Fashioned Bake Sale, on the plaza in front of City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

At noon, grab a spot along Olympic Avenue to see the Santa Parade and welcome the jolly old elf to town. He'll proceed to Legion Park to help with the official lighting of the town's Christmas tree, then Santa will be available for visits in the depot building at the park from 1 to 3 p.m.

Take a ride around the streets of downtown Arlington in a horse-drawn wagon, courtesy of the Downtown Arlington Business Association, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Line up in front of City Hall for the free ride.

Arlington Fire Department will hold its annual Santa Run for 2013 Dec. 6 through 15. Firefighters and community volunteers will escort Santa Claus on a decorated fire truck through many Arlington neighborhoods, collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for the Arlington Community Food Bank. Visit to see when the big guy will be in your neighborhood!

Marysville will welcome the Christmas season with a bang this year, as Merrysville for the Holidays, also set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at Comeford Park, expands to include a fireworks show.

The day begins with a Holiday Craft Show opening at 2 p.m. in the Ken Baxter Community Center at the park. The craft show continues until 8 p.m. that evening.

Also during the day, take a short walk to downtown Marysville to visit the small family-owned businesses participating in Passport to Marysville. Visit local merchants to fill your shopping passport and qualify for prizes. Strolling musicians Bert and Herb will entertain shoppers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Sponsored by the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association.

Prancers and dancers (and marchers and wavers) will participate in the Arlington Hometown Holidays parade.

When twilight falls at 5 p.m., the park will come alive with holiday photo booths, ready to capture your own special memories (bring your camera!). Tasty food and beverages provided by local vendors includes the Marysville Kiwanis Club, Bite Me Cupcakes, Ivar's, Pete's Toffee, and Happy Trails Kettle Corn. Don't miss the deep-fried Oreos, a specialty of the Hillside Church group.

State Avenue comes alive at 6:30 p.m. as the Electric Lights Parade starts at 10th Street and makes it way down to the park, led by Parade Grand Marshal Carol Kapua. Bundle up to see the lighted floats, fire trucks, marching bands...and of course, cheer Santa's arrival!

As the Marysville City Band plays holiday music in the gazebo, crowds will gather for the 7 p.m. lighting of the iconic water tower, followed by a fireworks show-a first this year.

The evening event also features a bonfire in the park and a selection of local vendors with unique gift ideas.

So spend some time in your hometown and celebrate the holidays with your neighbors!


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