What’s going on around Snohomish County this holiday season?

Editorial Correction [1:20 p.m. Dec 17, 2021] The EMI Holiday Party on December 17 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. located at 1618 Hewitt Ave in Everett, will be at the Luck Dime and NOT the Everett Mall.

Snohomish County, Wash., December 10, 2021 – The Christmas tree lights have been lit at Silver Creek Family Church for the annual tree lighting ceremony but that doesn’t mean the holiday festivities are over. 

Keep the holiday spirit alive with the following upcoming events all over Snohomish County. 


Dinner with Santa at Chick-Fil-A, 3026 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

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On Tuesday, December 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Santa Clause will be hanging out in the Lynnwood Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, smiling, waving, and bringing holiday cheer to all who are craving the chain’s famous chicken sandwiches. Come say hi and, who knows, you may just get on Santa’s nice list for the year!

Holly House Holiday Toy Drive

Those living in the Lynnwood area hoping to give back this holiday season should consider visiting Holly House’s Holiday Toy Drive

Do you want to encourage your little ones to give? Help your children sort through their books and stuffed animals to pick out “new or like-new” toys that they are not using anymore. 

Holly House is a children’s holiday gift program that provides gifts and necessities for low-income children in primarily the Edmonds School District, Lynnwood, during the holidays. 

Drop off new toys & necessities at Holly Homes’s community drop-off site at Sparta’s Pizza on 76th & Highway 99 or browse their Amazon wishlist

Beginning as a grassroots operation in 2006, Holly Homes has grown to serve 2,200 low-income children in 16 schools across the Edmonds School District. 

The giving does not end with toy donations, however. Holly Homes is always looking for volunteers to fulfill their dreams of paving better lives for underprivileged children. For volunteer or donation opportunities, visit https://www.hollyhouseforkids.org/donate-financially.html.

Christmas at Charisma Christian Center

Join the Charisma Christian Center for a Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m. Friends and family are welcome. 

Following their 11:30 a.m. service, which includes music and caroling from the Charisma Kids Ministry and a special Christmas dance performance, they will gather for a potluck lunch and more fun, including photos with Santa, face painting, and giveaways for new visitors. 

Lynnwood Lights

Drive through a Lynnwood neighborhood famous for its annual Christmas light shows at Lynnwood Lights

Lynnwood Lights 2021 Trailer

Located at 1409 172nd Pl SW, just five minutes away from Alderwood Mall, the display takes place every evening from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m up until January 1. Shows commence every 30 minutes and last about 18 minutes each. 

Attendees can even tune their radio to FM 103.1 to set a holiday-themed score to the miraculous display. This is a must-see show for the whole family. 


Holiday Lights Run (Tuesday, December 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.), can park at Costco Gas Station, 10200 19th Ave SE, Everett, WA.

Join in for some an athletic good time for the Holiday Lights Run in the Fir Grove neighborhood in Everett.

Holiday Lights Run, Everett
Photo credit: Snohomish PUD.

Every year, thousands of cars filled with wide-eyed holiday visitors make the slow drive through the brightly lit Fir Grove neighborhood in South Everett. The 20-plus year tradition of houses illuminated with ridiculous amounts of Christmas lights and front yards decorated with holiday characters is a favorite annual event for many families in December.

Sightseers donate canned food and cash to benefit the Volunteers of America Food Bank. The elaborately decorated homes are located between 100th Street SE and 104th Street SE, in the area of 21st Avenue SE. Santa’s donation collection site is on 21st Avenue SE, just past the 100th Street SE entrance to Fir Grove.

Those interested are encouraged to do the following:

  • Bring a food donation (you will need to run or walk with your donations)
  • Wear light gear (a headlamp/flashlight or your favorite holiday lights)

Everett Mall Holiday Music Series

Jolly on over to Everett Mall to listen to holiday jingles on December 9 and 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kristen Marlow will perform on December 9 and Sean Morse will perform on December 23. 

The concerts are part of the Live in Everett’s Everett Mall Holiday Music Series and are located at 1420 SE Everett Mall Way. 

Lucky Dime

On December 17 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Luck Dime located at 1618 Hewitt Ave in Everett, will host the EMI Holiday Party, featuring covers and originals from local artists. The price of admission is $10 and proof of vaccination is required for entry. 

Everett Mall Warm Winter Clothes Holiday Donation

While rocking out to live music at the Everett Mall, it’s important to remember those who are without warm clothes as temperatures in Washington continue to drop. 

Everett Mall is partnering with Volunteers of America Western Washington to host a warm clothes drive inside the mall. Anyone who is interested can bring new or gently used warm clothing to the Volunteers of America box at the indoor mall entrance.

Donations can be dropped off at the indoor front entrance near Old Navy during the following hours:

  • Friday, December 10: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Saturday, December 11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 12: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Edmonds Holiday Market (Saturday, December 11 and 18, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), 121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds, WA.

The Edmonds Holiday Market is a two-month opportunity to find the perfect, locally crafted gift, just in time for what’s sure to be a wonderful holiday season. For many, the market is an annual tradition, followed by a stroll through downtown Edmonds, visiting boutiques and meeting family or friends for a meal.


Represented at the market this year is 3 Generations Jam, a family-affair business making small-batch artisan jams and syrups from local, clean, and/or certified organic fruit they purchase from area farmers they know and trust. 

Vicki Nuñez-Remtulla of Cordially Sweet Candle Co. is attending with her hand-poured soy candles (all-natural, non-GMO, vegan) with a wood wick that makes a “crackling sound like a mini fireplace.” Talk about creating a little holiday ambiance!

Seattle’s Culture Shock Brew is bringing its whole fruit kombucha with good-for-you live cultures.

More than 60 vendors are signed up to offer everything from coffee beans and ravioli to butter toffee, mushrooms, flowers (yes, Teng’s Garden is back!), Indian street food, whole fish, 88 Cues Filipino food, and Chuckanut Beef’s grass-fed beef and lamb.

Edmonds, with that special hometown charm, will be putting on a show with a wonderland of lights, music, holiday wreaths and greetings on shop fronts, and rides on the Holiday Trolley with Emily the Holiday Elf on Saturdays. Eat, shop, and be merry and join other families on Saturdays at the market.

Wreath Walk Edmonds (Until December 16, 8:00 p.m.)

The second annual Wreath Walk in Edmonds continues to be displayed throughout December 16. 

wreath walk edmonds

Last year, Art Walk Edmonds started a new tradition for downtown, the Wreath Walk Edmonds! This new tradition of hanging original, artist-designed and decorated wreaths in select storefronts during the holiday season is back November 18 to December 16 along with an online auction for those who wish to take home one of these special wreaths.

Art Walk Edmonds has juried the wreath concepts to pick the best of the best in these one-of-a-kind wreaths. Artists thought “outside the wreath” with their designs, each portraying the artist’s unique style. Learn more about the wreath’s artist by reading their bio listed beside the wreath and on the Auction Page.

All proceeds from the Wreath Auction benefit Art Walk Edmonds, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Edmonds.

Winter Bazaar Holiday Sale

On December 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maplewood Rock and Gem Club will be hosting a Winter Bazaar Holiday Sale featuring rock, gem, jewelry, and crystal vendors selling their goods at discounted prices. 

Located at 8802 196th Street SW, the holiday sale is sure to have the perfect gift that dazzles, and your business will support local artisans, collectors, and lapidary artists. 

Lake Stevens

Lochsloy Acres Christmas Tree Farm

Nothing quite says Christmas in the Pacific Northwest like tapping into your inner lumberjack. Cut down your very own Christmas tree at Lochsloy Acres until December 13 by appointment only. 

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Located at 5511 SR92, those interested can saw down grands, noble firs, frasers, douglas firs, Turkish, and balsam trees to decorate in their homes while cutting down on plastic trees, too. Saws, wreaths, boughs, tree stands, and other swag are also available. 

To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4ba8a72da7f49-2021.

Kienan Briscoe

Kienan Briscoe is a 9-time award winning journalist who has worked for a variety of publications including Pulitzer Prize-finalist Puget Sound Business Journal, Sound Publishing, Game Rant, and the University of Washington's newsroom. Before making the leap to news reporting he worked as a freelance writer in New York City. He holds a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. Journalism, to him, is one of the most important tools for informing the public and holding governments accountable to the people. When he is not reporting he enjoys writing fiction and poetry (author of three novels), playing guitar, reading classic literature, and getting outdoors.

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