Marysville rescue team members Matt Campbell (left) and Tobin McGowan string lights on the Marysville water tower Friday. Holiday lights have been a tradition for decades, but last year the city skipped the decoration because the tower needed repairs. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville rescue team members Matt Campbell (left) and Tobin McGowan string lights on the Marysville water tower Friday. Holiday lights have been a tradition for decades, but last year the city skipped the decoration because the tower needed repairs. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After dark year, Marysville tower lights up for the holidays

Last year the water tower was not illuminated, breaking a nearly quarter century-long tradition.

MARYSVILLE — After a tough year, city leaders hope the tradition of lighting up the Marysville water tower brings joy to those who pass by this holiday season.

Last year the lights were not on display for the first time in decades. Crews could not safely get to the lights because the tower needed repairs.

Workers completed part of the tower’s restoration earlier this month. More work remains, but the completed repairs allowed for the lights to be hung, city spokesperson Connie Mennie said.

“The whole reason for doing that part of the work early is that we wanted to be able to light the tower again this year, to bring that back,” she said. “Especially this year I think all our communities need just about as much joy as we could get.”

Firefighters from the Marysville Fire District set up the lights Friday.

Mayor Jon Nehring and Santa Claus are expected to illuminate the water tower at 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Usually the ceremony is in person, but this year it will be streamed online. People are not encouraged to visit Comeford Park.

Other Merrysville for the Holidays activities have been put on hold this year, including a parade on State Avenue and Christmas lights at the Cedarcrest Golf Course.

Marysville firefighters string lights on the Marysville water tower Friday. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville firefighters string lights on the Marysville water tower Friday. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Instead, the city has put together Merrysville Home for the Holidays. Those who own a business or live in the city can sign up to be included in a tour of lights, and be entered into a contest with prizes in seven categories.

Folks can find a map of the decorations online starting Dec. 10. Visit www.marysvillewa.gov for more information.

Marysville’s water tower was built in the 1920s. The landmark has been illuminated during the holidays for more than a quarter century. Lights are usually configured to make the tower look like a drum.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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