Merrysville for the Holidays and Santa Parade


Enjoy the holidays at Marysville’s annual Merrysville for the Holidays event including the Electric Lights Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in Comeford Park, 514 Delta Ave. In addition. Families will be able to enjoy musical performances, interact with live reindeer, explore outdoor vendors including nine delicious food trucks, see snow in the park, and take pictures with Santa.

The Electric Lights Parade features a flotilla of vehicles, floats and walking groups decked out in glistening holiday lights. There is good word that Santa will be there, too! The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and travels south on State Avenue from the former courthouse at 1015 State Ave. to Comeford Park.

Longtime community volunteers Ron Wagner and Sandra Schlerf will lead the 2023 Electric Lights Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade runs south on State Avenue from the Marysville Community Center to Comeford Park.

The co-grand marshals were chosen for their dedicated service as volunteers in our community. They often volunteer together, having fun and bringing humor and laughter to others.

Wagner has donated over 6,200 hours of service to the Marysville Volunteer Patrol for 12 years, for which he received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award in 2019. Marysville Volunteer Patrol members assist the Marysville Police Department by serving as eyes and ears for the community.

He also has donated time and energy to the Marysville Community Food Bank Toy Store for 8 years and the Salvation Army of Marysville/Tulalip for 7 years. A Marysville resident of 31 years, he previously served as president of the Harley group and the Monroe Junior Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member of Boys and Girls Club Monroe.

Schlerf has lived in Marysville for 20 years. She volunteers with the Toy Store and the Salvation Army, and is a former membership chairman of the Harley group. Both say they enjoy giving time to help other people.

“The park will be full of fun activities, including free train rides prior to the Electric Lights Parade, adding to the magic of this season,” said Kristen Rasmussen, Recreation Supervisor. “New vendors have been added this year to give guests an opportunity to shop for holiday treats, decorations or gifts.”

Following the parade, everyone is invited to count down with Mayor Jon Nehring for the tree lighting in Comeford Park at about 7:15 p.m. Free visits with Santa will begin immediately after the tree lighting; be sure to bring a camera to capture photos. Please leave pets at home.

Come hungry and ready to enjoy the tasty food and warm holiday drinks from food trucks available throughout the event: Big Red Truck, Black Sea Food Truck, Dreamy Drinks, Canela Mexican Café, Fil Up Food Truck, Joca Coffee Co., Kettle & Pop, Little Jamie’s Mini Donuts and The Food Atlas.

Because large crowds are expected for this event, plan ahead for parking and street closures on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Thank you to event sponsors Coastal Community Bank, Community Transit, Renewal by Andersen, and Village Concepts of Marysville Grandview Village.