Christmas arrives in the upper valley

The holiday season is back, with major east county celebrations taking place in Concrete and Sedro-Woolley.

“Christmas in Concrete” returns with a parade and more. The parade is slated for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. The route begins at the PSE complex on the east side of the Baker River, crosses Thompson Bridge, and passes through Concrete Town Center. It ends at the Concrete Senior Center, where Santa will be waiting to hand out toys for kids. Look for a few snacks too. For more information, call 360.826.4848.

Following the parade, head to Concrete Theatre for a Christmas-themed variety show at 7:30 p.m. Included on the pro-gram is an award-winning play written, directed, and acted by local playwright Nicola Pearson; poetry by writer Jason Miller; and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” featuring actor Bruce Newburn. Other acts are being arranged and will be announced on the Concrete Theatre Web site at

For more information, call 360.941.0403 or contact Valerie Stafford at

Magic of Christmas

Sedro-Woolley is planning its annual townwide celebration, Magic of Christmas, hosted by Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedro-Woolley. Sponsored by United General Hospital and a slew of other businesses, including Wells Fargo and Sedro-Woolley Family Dental, the Dec. 4 bash begins at 3 p.m.

Attendees can take their kids to ride the ponies provided by Lange’s Pony Farm or ride the kiddie train provided by The Shoppe. The whole family will enjoy a ride on the horse-drawn trolley provided by Cramer Classic Carriage Rides with donations for the ride going to the Allison Clark Memorial Fund. The rides will begin around mid-afternoon and continue up to parade time at 5 p.m. The parade promises to be a colorful spectacle.

Attendees are encouraged to browse Sedro-Woolley merchants prior to the parade. Look for special sales, plus hot cider, coffee, cookies, and excellent service.

On Dec. 11, Sedro-Woolley hosts two more events. Start the morning off with Breakfast with Santa at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids are free and adults are asked to make a nominal donation to enjoy a French toast breakfast with sausage and juice provided by the Sedro-Woolley Chamber and served by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

The Holiday Home Tour hosted by The Sedro-Woolley Museum is held the same Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to visit Sedro-Woolley heritage homes decorated for the holidays. Tickets are only $5, and are available at the Sedro-Woolley Museum, which will provide maps of the participating homes. For more information, call 360.855.0638.

Something for every taste

This Christmas season, there’s something fun for every family member. Events ranging from silly to serious are lining up. For more ideas on how to spend this holiday season, see the schedule at right, and go to for regular updates throughout December.

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