Mountlake Terrace Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Dec. 2

Photo of 2015's tree lighting by David Carlos
Photo of 2015’s tree lighting by David Carlos.

Mountlake Terrace’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Friday, Dec. 2, at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W., at 6:30 p.m.

The evening features a choral concert by Mountlake Terrace Elementary and Terrace Park School students, a visit from Santa and the ceremonial lighting of the tree.

Visible for miles, the enormous “tree” is actually a frame constructed of over 1,800 lights that is located on top of the city’s water tower. The LED lights use only 25 percent of the power as the old lights while containing twice as many lights.

Tour de Terrace volunteers will serve cookies, hot coffee and cocoa and Santa will meet with children after his grand entrance on a fire truck.

“We’ll have music playing followed by the choirs between 6:30 and 7 p.m., and then we’ll introduce the City Council and sponsor prior to Santa’s arrival so please get your warm drinks and cookies from the concession stand first if possible,” said Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen. “Thanks so much to Vineyard Park for sponsoring this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony again, Fire District 1 for transporting Santa, and our dedicated Tour de Terrace volunteers who have done this event for years and years.”

The weather is always unpredictable in early December, so organizers recommend that guests dress warmly and wear boots if the weather is wet, because the event is held on a dirt field.

The event is free to attend. However cash donations will be accepted for the Michelle Ringler Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund at the concession stand. The Fund has helped hundreds of children register for recreation programs at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion since 2002.

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