Christmas hustle and bustle was in full gear in Lake Stevens last Saturday, Dec. 4 as shoppers scurried about Cavelero Mid High School visiting the over 100 hand-crafted vendor booths at the annual Dickens Fair.
Shoppers were purchasing everything from homemade candies and jams to fresh Christmas wreaths and jewelry all while listening to the musical talents of local school children.
This is the 24th year that Lake Stevens School District has hosted the event which also collects non-perishable food items for the Lake Stevens Food Bank.
In downtown Lake Stevens kids lined up to get a glimpse of Santa Claus as he drove up in a Lake Stevens Fire District Fire truck.
After Mrs. Jurvakaineu’s second grade class from Highland Elementary sang Christmas carols to the crowd, Santa counted down to the annual tree lighting.
The tree was lit and kids hustled to tell Santa just what they hoped to see on Christmas morning.
This annual event was hosted by the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club. Lake Stevens resident Jack Sahlbom donates the tree to the city each year, which the Kiwanis cut from Sahlbom’s lot.
Kids were also entertained with crafts and hot chocolate and cookies.
After watching the beautiful tree come to life, many wanted to warm up, so they headed to Ixtapa for the annual Tips for Firefighters event.
Each year our Lake Stevens Firefighters bus tables, pour water and welcome guests all in an effort to bring smiles to the faces of children in Lake Stevens on Christmas morning.
The tips firefighters collect are used to purchase Christmas gifts for local kids.
This year’s event brought in $2,600, which means 26 kids will wake up to a very special Christmas morning.
“Not too bad for this economy and the Apple Cup,” Firefighter and organizer Pat Cook said. “We also collected about $150 to $200 in gifts.”