Nathan Shaboth, right, and daughter Charlie Shaboth warm up a marshmallow to make s'mores during last year's Arlington Holiday Open House on Nov. 25, 2018.


Fire pits, music and holiday spirit will be all along Olympic Avenue as part of the Hometown Holidays kickoff that returns to downtown Arlington on Nov. 30.

The event is meant to begin the holiday season in Arlington and serve as a Shop Small Saturday event for the downtown.

It will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“We had such a great reaction last year and it really ended up being an event where families could come together,” said Kiersten Baiamonte, one of the organizers of the event and a small business owner at the Stilly Valley Collective.

“I know as a family with two young kids we really appreciated it,” she said.

Baiamonte said it was a good community event for locals.

“I know, for my husband and I, we came from the bigger town of Edmonds and you could walk around and not see anyone you knew. And what was sweet about the Hometown Holidays is that we got to walk around and see people we knew and feel like a community,” she said.

The event will be similar to last year’s event.

“We’re doing really similar to what we did last year because we had a great response,” said Baiamonte.

“We’ll have the fake snow again and the fire pits on Olympic, just free, fun things for families,” she said.

A tree lighting at Legion Park will be held at 5 p.m.

Mrs. Claus will also show up for the event and there will be fake snow along certain portions of the downtown as well.

In addition to a family community event, the Hometown Holidays kickoff is meant to promote Small Business Saturday.

Many local businesses will be open late hours for the event.

“We’re focusing on shopping local and we want to encourage people to not only shop from their local stores but know their local stores,” said Baiamonte.

The Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce will again be hosting a charm walk. For $25 participants can get charms at 25 local participating businesses.

“You get to go to 25 different local businesses and collect a charm. Each business is coming up with something special for individuals who do that,” said Baiamonte.

“It’s a good opportunity for people who may not otherwise take the time to find 25 local businesses,” she said.

The Stilly Valley Collective, which is home to many small local businesses, is also holding an open house with many of the business owners there.

“A lot of businesses within the building will be there as well participating in the charm walk,” said Baiamonte.

“People can come in and see the building and what we have,” she said.

More info about the event is available at arlingtonwa.gov/HH.

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