Edmonds Holidays Kickoff
The small-town seaside charm of Edmonds is in full swing during the holidays. Families from all over the Puget Sound make Edmonds their holiday destination, soaking in holiday cheer, riding the trolley, taking in a free holiday movie, dressing up to see the Nutcracker ballet, and shopping all throughout downtown.
Tree Lighting Kicks off the Season
Start your holiday shopping in the traditional downtown boutiques, and then drop into the Edmonds Holiday Market on Saturdays, starting Nov 10. The Market has more than 40 vendors offering produce, preserves, edibles, holiday gifts and greenery, wines, ciders, baked goods, specialty gift items and more. The market takes a break for Thanksgiving, and returns every Saturday, Dec 1-22.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving the season kicks into full gear with holiday caroling and the popular tree-lighting festivities. This event attracts thousands of people to kick off the season. The sing-along with the Holiday Choir is a crowd favorite. The tree lighting begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov 24 at the Centennial Plaza. Top off the evening with a performance by Jane Lynch at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award- winning actress Jane Lynch gets in the Christmas spirit with Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and The Tony Guerrero Quintet, in A Swingin' Little Christmas!
Ride the Trolley Into a Busy Weekend, Dec 1st
The following weekend things really pick up: mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec 1:
• The Holiday Trolley rolls through town. The free trolley starts up this day and continues Saturdays through to Dec 22, making a loop between the historic downtown core and the Edmonds waterfront. The trolley gives shoppers a chance to rest their feet and tour the town. Kids love it!
• The Mosaic Choir and Orchestra performs Christmas in Edmonds at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. There is a 4 p.m. and a 7 p.m. showing.
• The model train open house is an annual favorite, put on by Swamp Creek and Western Railroad Association. The elaborate diorama hosts a fictitious bridge route over the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. It is a 30' x 28' HO scale (1/87th) model railroad housed in the old freight room of the Edmonds Train station.
• Holiday theatrical production of Twist of the Magi, back by popular demand and performed at 7:30 p.m. by the Phoenix Theatre.
• Holiday Bazaar, and fund raising event at the Edmonds Senior Center, has vendors offering handmade goods, jewelry, home decor, clothing, kitchen items and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Create unique holiday snowflakes in a free class at Cascadia Art Museum. SnowFlake Flurry, for children, parents, grandparents, and celebrates the holidays by making snowflake cards and learning about science and art at the same time. On a drop-in basis, children will work with Mona Fairbanks, celebrated artist and educator, to create unique holiday snowflakes.
The Nutcracker, Christmas Ships and More
There’s more in store throughout December, including performances of The Nutcracker by the Olympic Ballet Theatre, a Celtic Christmas celebration, and more. The kids will want to stick around to see the Christmas Ships and take in free holiday-themed movies at the historic Edmonds Theater. Fun for the whole family is on tap at the “Jingle Those Bells” Caroling Contest, and outdoor jazz performances of the award-winning Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz ensemble have become one of Edmonds’ many fun holiday traditions.
Visit the events calendar to learn more about holiday events in Edmonds.