Sleigh, what? The City of Everett is putting on a celebration to remember this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 27-28) to kick off the holiday season! According to the Wintertide website, the festivities include shopping deals, an outdoor holiday Makers Market featuring over 50 artists, free cookies and cocoa, a tree lighting celebration with Santa, holiday music, and much more!

Remember, this time of year it’s important to not be elfish; grab your deerest friends and family and have a ho-ho-ho lot of fun! Kick-off the festivities by checking off some items on your shopping list through supporting local businesses in downtown Everett. You can find a complete list of incredible shops, savings, and more by picking up a Downtown Everett Association’s annual Downtown Shopping Guide. Yule be sure to enjoy the outdoor holiday Makers Market to load up on handcrafted art, pottery, plants, jewelry, and a whole lot of other things that can fit in your stocking! These activities will be happening Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wetmore Avenue between Everett Avenue and California Street.

Don’t get me started on how tree-mendous the decorations will be. Bring all your reindeer friends Saturday evening at 4 p.m. to watch the holiday spirit light up the sky and the hearts of our community during the official Colby tree lighting and holiday street decorations. Enjoy music, hot cocoa, and more. Hopefully, you’ve been good all year long, because Santa will be there to check his list, not only once, but twice. But have no fear, Santa cleans his sleigh with Santa-tizer, he understands how important safety is! If you ask nicely, he might even let you take an elfie! These North Pole shenanigans will take place on Colby Avenue, between Hewitt and California.

You’ll be able to park your sleighs in the FREE parking garage, Everpark which is in the heart of the action.  You will have a merry time, there’s snow doubt about it!

Daniel Albert is an Award-Winning journalist majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications at Washington State University.