During the holiday season, Everett comes to life with their annual Wintertide Festival throughout the entire community. It is a multi-week community celebration that begins Thanksgiving weekend across the entire city of Everett. Wintertide usually kicks off with Small Business Saturday in downtown Everett including several local shopping promotions and a tree lighting ceremony with holiday music and the Everett Makers Market.
Everett’s mayor Cassie Franklin describes Wintertide as an opportunity for Everett residents as well as many visitors to enjoy fun and safe holiday activities this year while supporting local small businesses across Everett. It is the city of Everett’s goal to add a little more to the Wintertide festivities every year to promote and provide a fun experience during the holidays for the community.
There are some new additions this year that were not available in 2020, including the 6-foot snowflakes over Colby Avenue that will be a part of the lighting ceremony. The Everett Arboretum will feature additional light displays for the community to walk through and enjoy all season long.
There are several downtown businesses that will be offering special promotions and the Everett Makers Market will be a host for more than 45 vendors across three Holiday Markets Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend of December. There will be free hot cocoa at the makers market to keep you warm while you are exploring local downtown businesses.
Another highly anticipated new item of Wintertide is the community ice-skating rink at the waterfront. The Pacific Rim Plaza on the Everett waterfront will be hosting this in partnership with the Port of Everett and Pacific Ice. You can purchase tickets now and it is advised that you purchase them as early as possible. In addition to the new ice rink, the Port of Everett will have their Holiday on the Bay festivities on December 4 from noon to six including fun for the whole family with a Holiday Market, cookie decorating, kid’s crafts, music, movies, drink specials, a visit from Santa, and fun boat parade.
Some beloved community favorites will be back again this year including Santa’s neighborhood cruises in the local fire trucks and there will be some virtual programs returning this year as well. Through the month of December, the Everett Fire Department will chauffeur Santa around city neighborhoods in Everett in a fire truck to spread cheer and wave at families while they are on their doorstep.
Everett Public Library and the Imagine Children’s Museum are going to offer popular home-based holiday activities for families to enjoy together in the comfort of their own space. There will also be events at the Village on Casino Road and the Village Theater will also have planned events throughout December.
Festivities at the Village on Casino will take place on December 10 from 4 to 8 and this is a free event for the whole family. This year will feature holiday lights, cocoa, family photos, local Mexican treats, free gloves and hats for those who need them, live entertainment, and fun kids activities.
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