Monroe's annual winter celebration and tree-lighting ceremony will take place this weekend, and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce invites all to attend.
Light Up Monroe takes place 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, in downtown Monroe and Traveler's Park, and coincides with Small Business Saturday. In order to support and promote downtown commerce, activities and booths will be set up in the parking area on the corner of East Fremont and Lewis streets. There will be wreath and ornament making, musical performances, free paintball, photographs and more.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be escorted to the event by Monroe Fire District No. 3, who will drive the jolly couple to the event in a fire truck. After their arrival at 2 p.m., both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for free photos with kids.
Like last year's Light Up celebration, snow is absolutely guaranteed.
Musical performers will include Voices Northwest, the Monroe High School Jazz Ensemble, local country singer Dakota Neuman and a cappella groups. There will be square dancing and other family friendly activities. .
"The goal for the 2015 celebration is to produce even more wonderful memory making experiences that showcase the small-town heart of Monroe,GÇ¥ said the chamber in a news release. "The Chamber hopes to produce a quality, family-oriented holiday celebration to welcome shoppers into downtown.GÇ¥
At 7 p.m., Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and Santa Claus will lead guests down to Traveler's Park for the official tree lighting at Monroe's new permanently located holiday tree. Guests will be ferried back and forth from downtown Monroe to Traveler's Park on antique tractor-trailers, the free rides provided by the Western Heritage Cultural Center and Museum.
From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Big Dog's Hot Dog Joint will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the family of Grant Strinden, the 23-year-old Monroe man who was killed last Tuesday, when a falling tree struck his vehicle on Ben Howard Road. Jerry "Big DogGÇ¥ Dixon's "HawkdogGÇ¥ truck will be parked near Sam's Cats and Dogs, Naturally, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Strinden's fianc+¬e, Ronicka Messner, and their young daughter.
Sam's Cats and Dogs, Naturally is located at 20016 Old Owen Road, and the Hawkdog truck will be visible from U.S. 2. Big Dog's was recently recognized on Evening Magazine for winning both Best Food Truck and Best Hot Dog during KING 5's Best of Western Washington contest.
Additionally, Poppy Seed Productions Founder Molly Daniels is hosting her Monroe Holiday Bazaar, which takes place 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Cascade Community Church. Daniels' event was originally supposed to take place in Monroe's downtown core, but last-minute complications with the venue necessitated a change.
Cascade Community Church is located near the Fryelands, at 14377 167th Ave. S.E., in Monroe.
Entry to the Holiday Bazaar is free, and the event includes hot food, espresso drinks, baked goods and 59 vendors. The event also includes hourly door prizes and free giveaways, and kids can write letters to Santa Claus.
For more information about the Monroe Holiday Bazaar, visit www.facebook.com/events/707128189432129/. For more information on the Monroe Chamber of Commerce's Light Up Monroe event, visit www.facebook.com/groups/choosemonroe.Photo by Chris Hendrickson Light Up Monroe will feature many activities for families, including free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Masonic Lodge located at East Fremont and Lewis street. This yearGÇÖs event will take place on the corner of East Fremont and Lewis streets, and at TravelerGÇÖs Park near downtown Monroe.
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