This won’t be an ordinary holiday season. But in Lynnwood and its immediate surrounding areas, the holidays can still be extraordinary — with health and safety always in mind. Lynnwood’s array of holiday shopping offers an easy and fun way to check everyone off the list. But shopping is just one way to celebrate the season.

Lynnwood, just 16 miles north of Seattle, and the surrounding communities have made all kinds of changes — all to ensure everyone stays safe while still savoring this most special time of year

Save a spot at Alderwood Mall

With nearly 200 shops, department and electronic stores, specialty boutiques, and more, Alderwood Mall is the center of the Lynnwood shopping experience. This year, Alderwood is making it particularly easy to avoid the holiday rush with the new Alderwood Spot Holder program.

The program allows shoppers to avoid waiting in line by reserving a time at their favorite stores. It’s as easy as scanning a code at the front of a participating store, choosing a time to shop, and meeting at the front door of the store. In the meantime, relax and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee. There may be no easier way to shop.

Visit with Santa, virtually

No Christmas would be complete without a visit with Santa. This year, the Alderwood Mall is making it easy with several ways to have a virtual visit with Santa.

Santa’s helpers have been hard at work decking the halls for a North Pole Virtual Visit, which features an array of experiences to choose from. Visit with Santa live from the North Pole, enjoy the reading of your favorite Christmas tale by Santa and Mrs. Claus, or have Santa send a special message to your child with a pre-recorded, personalized video.

Drive-thru The Lights of Christmas

Stanwood, a charming hamlet north of Lynnwood, is celebrating the holidays like few others with The Lights of Christmas. This year, the cherished tradition continues. Held all season long, this year will feature the same dazzling light displays that wow kids and kids at heart. But it will be a drive-thru experience to ensure the safety of all revelers.

See spectacular lights, wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus, all while listening to Christmas music from the comfort of the car.

Edmonds Holiday Market

Give the gift of something truly meaningful at the annual Edmonds Holiday Market, a traditional outdoor market filled with the products of local crafters and farmers. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays from Dec. 5 through Dec. 19, the Holiday Market invites all to shop local wares while staying safe by remaining socially distanced, masked and outdoors.

Set on Fifth Avenue, between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum, the market is home to more than 50 vendors. From wine, jewelry, pottery, and many specialty gift items to cured meats, preserved foods and cheeses, and baked goods and sweets, just about everything you’ll want for the holidays is here.