Family Fun

Wintertide with family fun

Santa Photos 

Santa loves Everett and we don't know how the dude runs his toyshop when he's spending so much time hanging out in Everett and posing for photos. Wanna get a photo with the man this year?  

Here's how:

Everett Santa Photos will set up their studio on Hewitt in downtown this season. They've been doing Santa photos in Everett for over 20 years and they have a really fun set design full of vintage toys and other cool props. Reservations required. 

Everett Santa Photos
1420 Hewitt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201

Santa photos at the Everett Mall kicks off on November 19th and runs through December 24. Catch one of their fun theme nights like College Spirit Night on Nov. 22,  Pet Photo Night on Dec. 1 & 8, Ugly Sweater Night on Dec. 13, or Pajama night on Dec. 20. Reservations are highly recommended. 

Everett Mall Santa Photos
1402 S.E. Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208 

Catch Santa at one of his Santa Stops with Everett Fire on Dec. 1, 8, and 15. Santa makes the rounds and posts up at several City of Everett Parks so you can stop by, say "hi," and snag a selfie with him. Note, this isn't a professional Santa photo studio so come prepared with a camera or camera phone. 

Come see Santa at the Wintertide Kickoff Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 25, or the Downtown Wintertide Festival and Market on Dec. 10. Santa will be posted up in a traditional photo set ready for you to take your own photos with a camera or camera phone. 

North Pole Party at Imagine Children’s Museum

Nov. 26
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Head to the newly remodeled (and massively expanded) Imagine Children’s Museum for a fun day of holiday cheer for the kiddos. This event includes a tree lighting, story time with Mrs. Clause, holiday crafts and projects, games, and there’s a rumor that a special cookie-loving, jolly-ole someone will make an appearance.

More info: imaginecm.org

Wintertide Caroling at Clark Park

Dec. 2 

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Head to Clark Park on Dec. 2 for Bayside Neighborhood's annual Wintertide caroling celebration. Enjoy performances by North Middle School, Everett High School, Spare Hearts, Bible Way Victory Community Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. Come see the old-growth trees and the gazebo aglow with festive lights and admire over 300 luminary lights illuminating the paths through the park. 

There'll be complimentary hot cocoa provided by Bayside Neighborhood Association and Paparepas food truck will be on-site with yummy food for purchase along with Kettle n Pop serving tasty kettle corn for purchase. 

Last but not least, snow will be falling in Clark Park compliments of Bayside Neighborhood Association and a trusty snow machine. Kids are gonna love it! 

Wintertide Festival at the Gipson Center

Dec. 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Head over to Wintertide at Gipson Center for a ho-ho-whole bunch of free family fun including, Santa photos (this dude is everywhere!), holiday makers gift market, live entertainment, bingo and yummy goodies. The event is free and open to the public. Shout out to the Volunteers of America for throwing this awesome event. 

Entertainment

Saturday

  • 10 a.m. Voyager Middle School Choir
  • 11 a.m. Heatherwood Middle School Choir
  • 1 p.m. Kamiak High School Barbershop
  • 2 p.m. Evergreen Community Orchestra
  • 3 p.m. Holiday Bingo begins

Sunday

  • 11 a.m. Eisenhower Middle School Symphonic Band
  • 2 p.m. Marysville City Band

More info: voaww.org/gipson-center

Port of Everett’s Holiday on the Bay

Dec. 3
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Kids and adults alike will gather in and around the Port of Everett’s expansive outdoor Pacific Rim Plaza for the day’s activities, located adjacent to Hotel Indigo's Jetty Bar & Grille.

Festivities include:

  • Pop-up holiday market featuring 20+ local vendors
  • FREE cookie decorating
  • FREE ‘deck the halls’ kids crafts in partnership with Imagine Children’s Museum
  • ‘Touch-a-Truck’ and City of Everett Fire Department fire truck rides 
  • A visit from Frozen-inspired "Ice Queens" with When You Wish Events
  • Holiday music and photo opportunities
  • NEW! Food Truck Alley from 12 - 7 p.m.
  • FREE holiday drive-in movies at Boxcar Park; more information coming soon! (reservations required)
  • Marine Toys for Tots holiday toy drive
  • FREE face painting
  • Tree lighting ceremony & countdown at the ‘frozen fountain’ tree
  • Appearance by Santa and elves
  • Lighted boat parade organized by Mukilteo Yacht Club
  • Firepits and s'mores
  • Holiday specials at waterfront restaurants

More info: portofeverett.com

Everett Farmers Market Holiday Festival

Dec. 4
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

The beloved Everett Farmers Market crew will be hosting an indoor Holiday Festival on Sunday, Dec. 4  at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Load up on holiday treats, handmade gifts and enjoy other festive fun. While you're there, take some time to admire the Pilchuck glass collection on display in the foyer - there are some amazing works from renowned artists like Dale Chihuly. Learn more here.

Snohomish County PUD Holiday Light Exchange and Helping Hands Bazaar

Dec. 9
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Do your holiday lights need an upgrade? SnoPUD will be hosting its annual Holiday Light exchange and food drive at its headquarters in downtown Everett. Trade in your old lights and some food donations for Volunteers of America for up to three strands of new, LED holiday lights. 

Happening at the same time is the Bazaar that helps raise money for Helping Hands, which directly assists low-income seniors with their electric bills. Helping Hands is an PUD employee-funded and employee-run program focused on assisting low-income customers 65 and older with grants toward their PUD bill. 

Learn more here.

Wintertide Celebration at the Village on Casino Road

Dec. 9
5-8 p.m. 

Families will gather to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, hats and gloves for kids, a raffle, storytelling, music, activities for kids, and resources. Registration will be available for the Christmas House gift program for income-eligible families in Snohomish County.

Wintertide Makers Market and Holiday Festival

Presented by Everett Makers Market and the City of Everett 

Dec. 10
Noon - 8 p.m. 

Head to Wetmore Plaza for a day of family fun and incredible handmade holiday gifts from over 50 local artisans. This year's market is bigger than ever with added food trucks, Santa photos, and live holiday performances inside Cope Gillette Theatre. 

The Reptile Lady at Everett Public Library

Dec. 3
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

There's nothing really holiday-themed about the reptile lady's program, but we're putting it on the list for all the parents looking for ways to entertain their kids during the holidays. The Reptile Lady (April Jackson) isn't a reptile herself, but she's bringing all kinds of scaley friends to the library for kids to interact with and learn. 

Polar City Party at Imagine Children’s Museum 

Dec. 17
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Holiday-loving kiddos don’t want to miss this year’s most anticipated holiday kid’s party. The Polar City Party at Imagine Children’s Museum features penguin racing, penguin art projects, DIY crafts, polar bingo, a Yeti hunt (the giant snow beast – not the cooler) and selfies with Santa. 

More info: imaginecm.org

Everett Mall Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Dec. 18
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Head to Everett Mall and show off your creative side by decorating a gingerbread house to win one of several prizes! The pre-order kit will include made-from-scratch gingerbread house pieces, icing, an assortment of candies, and a take-home box for your creation. Reserve your kit for the contest by going online to www.annemariescakes.com or by visiting The Crafty B’s located next to Burlington.