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Friday night, December 4, pour a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea and join the City of Mountlake Terrace for our first virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony and 38th year of lighting the tree of lights on top of the water tower at 6:30 p.m. The event will be live streamed on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/q1uRWJ-R4b8.
This year, the city asked our community businesses and organizations to add a little cheer and make a virtual event possible with the hopes of holding it in the new Jerry Smith Town Center Plaza, a component of the Civic Campus Revitalization Project. Several partners stepped up and contributed so the city could create a new winter event in the Town Center with a tree for future gatherings. Unfortunately, the plaza does not have full power yet and is not quite ready for the city to hold a virtual event there this year.
Therefore, the city will continue the traditional lighting of the “tree” that is actually a frame constructed with over 1,800 LED lights and visible from Interstate 5 and for miles around. The event will include a glimpse of the new plaza, sponsor recognition, a visit from Santa, and the lighting of the tree.
“I’d like to express the city’s appreciation to our business and development community for contributing toward this event and allowing us to purchase materials for a big event we are planning for 2021,” stated Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen.
The following sponsors contributed toward making our future Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the plaza a reality: Landsverk Quality Homes, Lake Cushman Company, Sound Structural Solutions, AFCO & Sons (Yuko Abe), Joe Mustach of Mustach & Jackson, Grand Pere Bakery, David Blau/B Squared Construction, First Security Bank, Steve Hubner, Steve Cox, Wade Heyer, Summit Homes, Chicago Title as well as Mountlake Terrace Plaza and Premera Blue Cross.
Mountlake Terrace Plaza has sponsored this event for the past several years and Premera Blue Cross re-allocated their annual sponsorship for National Night Out Against Crime toward a community year-end event after COVID-19 did not allow summer events to happen. Tour de Terrace volunteers look forward to serving cookies and cocoa at the event they founded in 1983.
The city looks forward to celebrating events in 2021 when it is safe to do so and encourages our community to stay home and stay healthy, as recommended by Snohomish Health District, as COVID-19 is currently surging at unprecedented levels.