The annual Mountlake Terrace Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Evergreen Playfield, 22205-56th Ave. W., and will feature a concert by Mountlake Terrace Elementary and Terrace Elementary School students, a visit from Santa and the traditional lighting of the tree.
Visible for miles around, the enormous “tree” is actually a frame constructed of over 1,800 lights and placed on top of the city’s water tower. With the use of LED lights the tree contains twice as many lights as in the past, but now uses only 25 percent of the power as the old lights.
Experienced event attendees know that Santa will make his grand entrance on a Snohomish County Fire District 1 fire truck. Tour de Terrace volunteers will be on hand to serve cookies, hot coffee and cocoa while Santa meets with the children. Guests should dress warm and wear boots if the weather is wet.
The event is free, however cash donations will be accepted for the Michelle Ringler Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. Since 2002, the fund has helped over 400 children register for recreation programs at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion.