The temperature dipped into the mid ’30s and slushy rain fell at times, but neighbors nonetheless came out to celebrate the annual Holiday Open House in the Village Friday evening.
There were carolers, shoppers, chestnut roasters, and festive merchants and musicians well into the evening. And the annual Holiday Tree lighting took place as scheduled in front of the Magnolia Garden Center hosted by owners Chuck and Margaret Flaherty.
The night air grew cold and by 8 p.m., Seattle Police had reopened West McGraw Street to vehicles. By then it seemed most people had wandered into The Magnolia Pub for a hot toddy. Others visited merchants at Leroux’s or Magnolia Eye Care, Vixen and Museum Quality Framing where musicians played until 9 p.m.
The spirit of Magnolia has only just begun.