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December 6, 2017 | View PDF

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Victoria Snyder, left, and son Dominic Snyder ride on the train as part of last year's Marysville Tour of Lights' opening day on Dec. 8, 2016.

Families can ride the Rotary train through a holiday-lighted Cedarcrest Golf Course this December as the city of the Marysville annual Tour of Lights returns to the course.

At nighttime the local golf course is lit up with festive displays during three weeks of December.

The Tour of Lights will be held on Dec. 8-9, 13-16 and 20-23 this year at the golf course at 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville.

It is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or until tickets sell out during those evenings. No pre-registration is required but tickets are first-come, first served.

Tickets are free with donations accepted. Suggested donation is $5 per adult, $3 per youth or $20 for an entire family.

"It's our way of giving back a really fun holiday event for our community," said Lauren Woodmansee, recreation coordinator with the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

Many families come back each year for the tour, she said.

"It's definitely a family tradition," said Woodmansee. "We get two, three, four generations come and ride the trains here," she said.

"Some come back to ride the train multiple times because it is such a fun and affordable local option," she said.

Woodmansee said she likes seeing the families enjoy a festive night.

"I love the interaction with the community and seeing all the smiling faces," she said. "The train pulls back into the station and all the kids are just so pumped and excited."

The Marysville Rotary Train takes families for a 20-minute ride through the golf course with displays including a polar bear forest, a minion village and a visit with Santa Claus.

There are three new displays this year, including an animated nature scene and a penguin display.

The last display is a contribution from a Cedarcrest Golf Course group. "The ladies golf group [the Cedarcrest Women's Golf Club] has lit an entire area of the course for us as well, and it looks great," said Woodmansee.

After the train ride families can relax at the deck of the Bleacher's Grill restaurant. The configuration of this year's deck area is slightly different than previous years.

There will be two new areas playing holiday music and a new photo opportunity area for families to get a photo.

"We have a very cool photo opportunity that will say 'greetings from the Tour of Lights' and feature some live trees," said Woodmansee.

Some free marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers will be available for those who want to make s'mores around the fire pit.

Bleacher's Grill also offers nightly specials for December.

In addition, local frozen yogurt business The Creamery will be there selling some extra special treats as well, said Woodmansee.

Woodmansee wanted to thank all of the businesses that contribute to the event. "There are a lot of community organizations that contribute to put this together," she said.

Marysville Rotary provides the trains and Bleacher's Grill helps with their space.

Other businesses help offset the cost of supplies and signs, she said.

Other sponsors include The Cottages at Marysville, ReMax Town Center, Van Dam's Abbey Carpet and Floor, Slumber Ease, Herc Rentals, Coastal Bank, Sunnyside Nursery, Vinyl Signs and More, The Creamery, Marysville Strawberry Festival and the City of Marysville.

For more information about the Tour of Lights, visit the city's website at or call 360-363-8400.


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