Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Marie Zackuse and Marysville School District Superintendent Jason Thompson.


As we approach the holiday season, shorter days, the school break, and begin to prepare for a new year, it is a good time to pause and reflect. At the Marysville School District, we begin thinking about first-semester student grades and attendance, but academics are not the only thing that is top of mind. Important, yes, but we also consider the social and emotional health of our students and their families. We know that for some the holidays and the breaks that come with them are not a time of celebration but a time that can add additional stress to a family.

As a public school district, we are very fortunate to have many community partners who work with us to support our students and families not only during trying or stressful times but also to provide opportunities for fun, low-cost activities. We appreciate the Marysville Community Food Bank and its annual holiday toy store; Marysville Police Department for the warm coats, hats, and gloves drive; The Tulalip Tribes holiday food, clothing, and toy drive; and the City of Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes for fun family activities. We also appreciate the many community members who give of their time, talents, and money to help, support and meet the many diverse needs of our local students and families. Following is information on some of these upcoming opportunities to both give and receive:

Toy Store Donations

Through Friday, Dec. 7, the toy store is collecting donations of new toys, books, stocking stuffers, coats, hats and gloves for children ages birth to 17 years. Bring donations to any city building or the school district. Your gifts will be given to families in need at the Marysville Community Food Bank annual holiday toy store. Volunteers are needed to help Dec. 10-13; to volunteer, please email

Believe: A Magical Holiday Experience

Friday, Dec. 7 – two showings at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Buy a golden ticket to watch The Polar Express and enjoy movie-themed crafts, snacks and photo ops. Ticket includes a small popcorn and hot chocolate. Tickets $8 for ages 2 & up; under 2 free if held on lap. Call 360-363-8400 for tickets. 

Holiday Tour of Lights

Dec. 7-8, 12-15, 19-22 – 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. nightly

Hop on board the Rotary train at Cedarcrest Golf Course to experience the tour of lighted holiday scenes followed by a bonfire and hot cocoa. Free family fun! Donations accepted – suggested $5 adults, $3 youth, $20 family. 

Disney Dance and Karaoke Night

Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tulalip Tribes Youth Center

“Be our guest” and join us for a night of Disney songs and karaoke to celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday. All ages welcome at this family event. Food and beverages, fun and a photo booth.

Leah’s Dream Foundation Magical Holiday Event

Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m., Marysville Pilchuck High School Commons

Hosted by Leah’s Dream Foundation and Marysville Getchell and Marysville Pilchuck Life Skills Programs

Christmas Powwow

Dec. 15, 4-8 p.m., Marysville Tulalip Campus/Francis Sheldon Gym

Free dinner, dancing, drumming, cake walk, holiday photos with Santa.

On behalf of the Marysville School District, The Tulalip Tribes, and the City of Marysville we extend our greetings and wish each and everyone a safe, happy, and peaceful holiday season.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community. 


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