Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Shop Small Saturday, on Nov. 27, emphasizes locally owned businesses. 

Businesses in downtown Arlington will extend their hours of operation until 7 p.m. and Olympic Avenue is closed to motorized traffic. Burn pits are available for shoppers to make S'mores and stay warm as they explore downtown. Classic cars decorated with holiday lights will be on hand to add to the festive flare. 

A Charm Walk is available to encourage people to explore Arlington's downtown businesses. People can purchase a bracelet from the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce and can obtain charms as they visit participating businesses. 

Also taking place during Shop Small Saturday and Hometown Holiday Kickoff is the tree lighting at 5 p.m. at Legion Park. Arlington High School's choirs will perform, Mrs. Claus and Olaf will make an appearance, and children can enjoy an obstacle course organized by Anytime Fitness. 

Shop Small Saturday in Marysville includes promotional materials from American Express, which originated the event, and support via the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce's social media. 

In addition, visitors can shop at the Arlington Holiday Market that is organized by the Arlington Farmers Market. The market takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, in Legion Park. The market features more than 40 vendors including several farmers selling fresh produce. 

Arlington Lifeway will host a craft bazaar, and fitness-minded people will have a couple of times to exercise away the holiday pounds. Organized by the Arlington Runners Club, the Turkey Trot takes place Nov. 25 and the Hot Cocoa fun run takes place Dec. 11. 

For more information about Arlington's Hometown Holidays celebration, go to www.arlingtonwa.gov/202/Hometown-Holidays or check out Arlington's Hometown Holidays Facebook page.

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