Queen Anne Girl Scouts sing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ for the HomeStreet Bank Santa during the annual Grand Tree Lighting and Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne Avenue.
Queen Anne Girl Scouts sing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ for the HomeStreet Bank Santa during the annual Grand Tree Lighting and Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne Avenue.
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A strong windstorm knocked out power in Magnolia and other parts of Seattle on Friday night, but lights came on once again in Queen Anne for the annual Grand Tree Lighting celebration.

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Grand Tree Lighting and Holiday Magic on Queen Anne Avenue, which promotes holiday shopping while visiting with friends and neighbors, and is topped off with the lighting of a large Christmas tree in the plaza outside Trader Joe’s.

Santa visited HomeStreet Bank a little after 4 p.m. Friday, where children and adults deposited their Christmas wish lists. A large troop of Girl Scouts came in for a quick photo and to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” HomeStreet was just one of many stops that night for the caroling scouts, who, ironically, decimated the supply of cookies set out at the bank; there were plenty more in the back.

High winds reached Seattle by 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, eventually knocking out power to more than 109,000 customers in Western Washington.

Four members of the Seattle SeaChordsmen sang carols outside Trader Joe’s while volunteers worked on straightening out the large Christmas tree’s bent top. With a shortage of large trees this year, the chamber had to go with a fake one this year, said chamber director Charley Shore.

Wag n’ Wash also had a visit from Santa, who handed out treats for the four-legged family members.

Once power was knocked out in Magnolia, organizers decided to light the tree early rather than risk waiting until 7 p.m.