Santa to count down to tree lighting

Nov 28, 2012
Photo by: Sara Bruestle The Kamiak High School Jazz Choir “Starry Knights” sings holiday songs during last year’s Tree Lighting event. This year’s open house features seven holiday performances from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Rosehill Community Center.

Santa Claus will be the one to count down to Mukilteo’s tree lighting this weekend.

The Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting is schedule for 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave.

The lighthouse and Mukilteo Yacht Club boat parade will be lit at 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting in Old Town is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

This is the second year the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event as an open house, so that there is no need for tickets and more available parking.

“It’s flexible, come and go, so it’s more relaxed,” said Shannon McCarty, executive director of the chamber. “And now you can enjoy multiple activities, where we used to just have the hour-long performance.”

Seven holiday performances – more than ever before – are scheduled in the Point Elliott Room. Family friendly activities will be set up in other rooms at Rosehill, including cookie decorating, card making and holiday arts and crafts. Refreshments will also be served.

Performances will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in 15-minute intervals, with time to transition between groups.

The performance schedule is as follows:

• 3-3:15 p.m. – Christo Free

• 3:15-3:30 p.m. – Camille’s Dance Edge

• 3:30-3:45 p.m. – Picnic Point Elementary Singing Panthers

• 4-4:15 p.m. – Joanne Davis

• 4:30-4:45 p.m. – Olympic View Middle School Jazz Band

• 5-5:30 p.m. – Kamiak High School Boys and Girls Barbershop Choirs

Santa Claus will gather everyone out to the Rosehill plaza for the lighthouse lighting, boat lighting and tree lighting starting at 5:30 p.m. Santa will also be available for photos – so don’t forget your camera!

McCarty said the first open house was well received, and that she expects 1,500 people to attend this year’s. She said the switch in event programming was a welcomed change.

“The open house format allows you to interact with your family more and socialize more with your neighbors and friends,” she said. “You’re not just sitting for an hour program and then leaving.”

Admission is free. No tickets necessary. Bring a canned food donation for the Mukilteo Food Bank.

For more information, call the Chamber Office at 425-347-1456.

–Sara Bruestle

Comments (1)
Posted by: jeff w | Dec 01, 2012 19:02

Who had the watch running fast?  Arrived plenty early and the tree was lit with people leaving.  Not a boat to be seen between Mukilteo and Everett.  What a waste of a trip.

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