Edmonds, Washington, Shines During the Holidays

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Celebrate the holiday season with a family outing in the historic waterfront town of Edmonds, Washington, just 15 minutes north of Seattle. For starters hop on the free holiday trolley to take you on a tour of the town through the festive, decorated streets. In downtown Edmonds, parents take their kids to the museum so they can drop their letters to Santa in the big red box—and they are all answered. Then decide where you want to shop or dine, or maybe catch a movie.

Of course, Santa is on hand for pictures, and it seems the whole town turns out for the holiday tree lighting on November 26, when the holiday season really kicks off with Santa riding in on a fire truck. That evening, head to the beach or the fishing pier to see the lit-up Christmas Ships, including Argosy Cruise’s festive ship complete with a children’s choral group.

In Edmonds, you can copy a fun tradition one of the local shop owners created. Meet with friends and family over drinks or a meal in a downtown restaurant, draw “Secret Santa” names, and then everyone has one hour to shop before meeting again to exchange gifts. It’s a great way to discover Edmonds’ array of downtown shops, and maybe find gifts for others on your list.

In historic downtown Edmonds, restaurants, bars, bookstores, gift shops, art galleries and a movie theater are all within a few easy-walking blocks of each other.

The town has a tremendous arts and culture scene, including a seasonal orchestra performance at the 700-seat Edmonds Center for the Arts. The historic movie theater gets in on the action, too, showing free classic holiday movies.

For a calendar of holiday events and more information about visiting Edmonds, go to www.edmondsholidays.com.