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“Wintertide Lights” at Evergreen Arboretum gives a wintry walk

EVERETT — Walking outside is one pleasure left as COVID-19 restrictions exist in the state. The Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is well-known as a great place for a stroll and for the first time ever, the Arboretum will light up its gardens for festive evening walks. From Dec. 1 to 31, lights will turn on at dusk and turn off at 8 p.m. State guidelines mandate that groups should be smaller than five people, masked and distanced.
Eileen Simmons, incoming President of the Arboretum, explains, “It was suggested that the Arboretum provide a family experience for the holidays. Our board has long wanted to offer holiday walks, and with all that’s gone on this year, it seemed like a very happy, hopeful thing to do.”
“Parents, seniors, all ages really, have had a rough time navigating life this year,” she says. “Our goal is to provide the community with a safe outdoor activity everyone can enjoy. It’s part of our mission to be inspirational and accessible.”
Support for Wintertide Lights came quickly and began with truly generous individuals in the community. Corporate sponsors were equally enthusiastic and include Lamoureaux Real Estate, Natural Systems Design, Newland Construction and Snohomish County Master Gardeners.
Giving Tuesday happens on Dec. 1 and coincides with the first night of Wintertide Lights. Growing this event annually is the board’s goal. They hope to raise $5,000 for 2021. A $10 donation allows them to add an arborvitae gnome to the display, while a donation of $200-500 lights a tree, depending on size. 
To donate for Wintertide Lights 2021, visit www. , and then choose Family Fun Events Fund from the list. If you are interested in a sponsorship, please email contactus


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