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Cedarcrest shines with annual Tour of Lights


December 13, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Hailey Parsons, left, and Brooklyn Parsons make a s'more after riding through the Marysville Tour of Lights on Dec. 8.

Families got to ride trains through a Cedarcrest Golf Course that was covered with festive lights and decorations during the annual Marysville Tour of Lights.

The event is presented by Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department and is one of the annual holiday traditions for the city.

Opening day of the event was held on Dec. 8. The event will continue from Dec. 13 to 16 and Dec. 20 to 23.

"The first night has been going amazing," said Lauren Woodmansee, recreation coordinator with the city.

"When you look at the line you see happy faces and tons of new people," she said.

Woodmansee said that people like the event because it is "family friendly, inexpensive and festive."

The Tour of Lights is meant to provide an inexpensive way for families to spend some time together.

"It is another one of Jim Ballew's wonderful ideas and it's an alternative to the expensive light shows in other communities, and it's right here in our own backyard. Our whole mission is to provide family friendly events for the citizens of Marysville," said Woodmansee.

Local families said they enjoyed having a family event that is available in their city.

"It's wonderful, it's so much fun," said local parent Brooklyn Parsons. "Its close to home and to see all the lights is perfect for the little ones."

Local parent Blake Lennox appreciated having an event for his daughter that was nearby as well.

"It's fun. She loves it," said Lennox. "For kids it's awesome, especially since this is in Marysville so you don't have to go very far to do something," he said.

This year featured three new displays, including a marching penguins display and an area of trees completely decorated by the Cedarcrest Women's Golf Club.

"All of the reviews have come back wonderfully," said Woodmansee.

"All of the people who have attended in years past love the new penguins by Puget Sound Pediatrics Dentistry," she said.

When families get back from the tour they can make s'mores and drink hot cocoa on the deck of Bleachers Grill.

This year also featured a new photo area.

"There's a brand new photo-op area and we're taking pictures of families," said Woodmansee.

Christopher Andersson

Koree Kammerer, left, Amy Haggerton, center, and Jackson Kammerer ride the Rotary train at the beginning of the Marysville Tour of Lights on Dec. 8.

The Parks, Culture and Recreation Department works on the tour of Lights starting in late October and prepares the displays, light and equipment for about two months.

"There are hundreds of hours put into putting these up, and it's a labor of love," said Woodmansee.

Community organizations and local businesses also sponsor the event to support it. This year sponsors included RE/MAX Town Center, Van Dam's Abbey Carpet & Floor, Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry and Slumber Ease Mattress Factory.

The Tour of Lights continues Dec. 13-16 and Dec. 20-23. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedarcrest Golf Course at 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville.

The event is free although donations are accepted. Suggested donation is $5 per adult, $3 per youth or $20 for a family.

For more information call the Parks, Culture and Recreation department at 360-363-8400.


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