Burien’s Christmas Tree Gets Lit Up By Santa


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Gwin Smith, longtime owner of Burien's YB Tubless/Economy Wiring.

Story and Photos by Janet Grella

On a cold and clear December night (Wednesday, Dec. 3rd), Gwin Smith, longtime owner of YB Tubless/Economy Wiring hosted Burien’s 42rd Christmas Tree Lighting at 633 SW 148th in Burien.

He started this tradition in 1966 when he first bought Economy Wiring. Over the years his small celebration has grown to include the St. Francis Choir and the King County Station #2 Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department.

In the first eight years of the tree lighting, Gwin climbed the huge fir tree himself to install the lights and then climbed back up in January to take them down. This changed some years ago, when the fire department took responsibility for installing and removing the lights.

After singing Christmas Carols, the St. Francis Choir welcomed Santa Claus, who arrived with sirens a-blazing in the front seat of a fire truck. After greeting the kids, he distributed candy canes to one and all.

Santa used all his resources, including some of Buriens finest, to light up the Christmas tree Wednesday night.

Santa used all his resources, including help from one of Burien's finest, to light up the Christmas tree Wednesday night.

Like magic, when the crowd (led by Santa) shouted “Merry Christmas,” the large tree was ablaze with its 42nd year of Christmas lights in Burien.

Merriment, song and Christmas cheer was enjoyed by an estimated 150 adults and children.

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