Everett’s Fir Grove Neighborhood Lights Up for Charity

December 18, 2011


For more than 25 years, residents in the Fir Grove Neighborhood of South Everett have put on one of the most popular Christmas lighting displays in the city. At the same time, neighbors have been raising cash and food donations for Volunteers of America. That tradition continues this year at the intersection of 21st Ave. SE and 104th Street SE. Five different neighbors take turns as Santa’s helpers from the week after Thanksgiving thru Christmas. Dozens of houses in the Fir Grove neighborhood are lit up with displays ranging from simple roof outlines to complete themes with lights set to music. Tour busses, limos and mini vans filled with families slowly drive thru the neighborhood taking in the sights. At the intersection of 104th and 21st SE a white tent holds bins filled with donations for the Volunteers of America food bank. Santa greets motorists and people walking the neighborhood, passing out candy canes and posing for pictures. For those who don’t have a food donation, cash is also accepted. If you plan on going, you should know that lines thru the neighborhood can stretch for several blocks and Christmas Eve is the busiest day.

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5 Responses to “Everett’s Fir Grove Neighborhood Lights Up for Charity”

  1. Karye Says:

    My favorite is hearing the stories of “when I was younger, my parents brought me through here.” Now they are enjoying the lights with their kids. I too have the same story to tell…about coming through when I was younger. I now live here and am happy to share in the excitement that the younger ones express when they get to see and talk to Santa.
    Thank you for your continued support and donations to Volunteers of America.

  2. Kerry Says:

    I grew up on 103rd and my dad, Jim Odell, was one of the people who started this craziness. I love that the tradition continues even though we are all grown and have moved away. I am now in Maryland and miss being able to drive through the old neighborhood to see the lights. Thanks for keeping a wonderful tradition alive.

  3. Holly Says:

    I’m so glad they continued the tradition of the food bank and use the lights that go across the street that my dad donated 🙂


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