Tree lighting ceremony tentatively slated for Dec. 7 at mall

The holiday tree lighting at The Commons mall, as seen in 2011. - Mirror file photo
The holiday tree lighting at The Commons mall, as seen in 2011.
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After the Federal Way City Council voted no to moving the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony from The Commons Mall to the Federal Way Community Center (FWCC), city staff was directed to start conversations with mall management regarding the event.

According to Public Works and Parks Director Cary Roe, the conversations he and other city staff have had with the mall's management have been very positive.

The event is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 7.

"I did meet with Cynthia Stanley-Lee, who is the mall manager, and Tiffany Archibald, who is the marketing director," Roe shared at the council's Oct. 1 meeting. "They were very open and willing to consider to allow a portion of our event to occur (in) the mall. Obviously the tree lighting would occur outside in the month of December, so it's very likely to be cold and/or wet, or both. And they understood that concern."

One of the arguments for moving the ceremony from the mall to the community center, as discussed during the Sept. 17 meeting, was that it could be an indoor/outdoor event, where music and other activities could be enjoyed inside the facility while still having the tree lighting outside.

Roe said that mall management was also open to the idea of trying to merge some of their holiday activities with the tree lighting ceremony.

"In addition to the openness to that concept, they also discussed the potential to integrate our events with other activities they've got planned for the mall that are holiday oriented," Roe said. "Including maybe moving some of the time slots, so they would kind of end up back-to-back and we could take advantage of some of that synergy that's going on at the mall, whether it be Christmas pictures or a Santa theme that they have planned as well."

"So, that was a very positive conversation," Roe added.

Roe said a meeting is scheduled for Oct. 11 between city staff, mall staff and the Federal Way Arts Commission to "start that discussion and planning," on how all the groups might "work together" and "advertise the event."


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