The Yakima Valley is celebrating the holidays with toy trains, trolley rides with Santa, light parades, horse drawn carriage rides and more! Every week until Christmas there is an activity sure to bring delight and wonder to every child and child at heart!
Kick off your celebrations with the Annual Holiday Reception at the Yakima Convention Center on December 1 at 5pm. Enjoy a Down Home Country Christmas as you taste Yakima Valley wines and enjoy heavy appetizers. Bid on exceptional silent auction items for great deals on gifts for the whole family! Purchase a $5 or $10 Candy Canes for a surprise gift! Proceeds help support Yakima Valley Tourism’s promotion of the Yakima Valley. Wear your cowboy boots for boot-scooting dancing from 8 -9pm. This year’s event sponsor is GESA Credit Union.
Stroll through streets of Downtown Yakima while you enjoy the Historic Christmas & Holiday Lights Tour. You’ll learn about how they celebrated the Christmas season a century ago, while enjoying the holiday lights on December 12, 17, 20 and 22 at 6 pm. The tours are free, however should you enjoy them, tipping is allowed.
Take a FREE Horse Drawn Wagon Ride from Millennium Plaza through Downtown Yakima on Dec. 2, 9, 16, from 5-9pm, and Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from Noon-4 pm. The horse drawn wagon ride makes the Mulled Wine Walk a special experience on December 10, from 1pm-5pm. Step off at AntoLin Cellars, Gilbert Cellars or Kana Winery and sip warm spiced wine and choose gifts for the wine lover on your list.
Visit the Capitol Theater on December 3rd and 4th from 4 - 6 pm for Yakima Symphony Orchestra's Pops III: A Christmas Pops Spectacular. An annual Yakima holiday tradition, Christmas Pops Spectacular features favorite Christmas carols and songs, performed by the Yakima Symphony Chorus and the Yakima Jazz Sextet. At the 4th Street Theater, enjoy a Holiday Cabaret - Al & Charlie on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm.
Still have gifts to buy? Visit the Mighty Tieton Holiday Crafts & Antiques Bazaar. Find those unique and handcrafted gifts December 3rd from 10am-5pm.
Capture the Spirit of Christmas at The Northwest’s premier lighted parade, the Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade, a valley tradition since 1989. On December 3, at 6:30 pm in Downtown Sunnyside, your family will marvel at more than 50 lighted farm implements and vehicles on parade. A&E voted it one of the Top 10 lighted parades in the country! Get to Sunnyside early in the day to experience an Old-Fashioned Christmas: The Real Spirit at the Sunnyside Museum Christmas Open House from 11am-4pm.
The annual Luminaria Walk at the Yakima Area Arboretum is Dec. 9 and 10, from 6pm to 10pm. Take a magical candle-lit walk through the wintry wonderland of the Yakima Area Arboretum during the largest annual Luminaria walk in the Pacific Northwest. This two-night event will enchant the entire family with over a thousand candles lighting their way. This year parking will be in the KMART parking lot, a shuttle will run to the Arboretum or you can walk the short distance to the grounds. Listen to the music of the Arboretum's Carillon Bells as you stroll through the twinkling lights of the Japanese Garden, then into the Jewett Interpretive Center where you will enjoy steaming cups of Starbuck's coffee, hot Tree Top apple cider and tasty treats.
Looking for a fresh-cut Christmas tree? Here are a few places to find them:
Start a new family tradition and visit Bill’s Berry Farm to pick out the perfect freshly cut Christmas tree and a beautiful handmade wreath or garland. Take a caroling hayride to view the twinkling Christmas lights around the farm, pet the goats Max and Millie, sip a cup of hot cocoa or hot cider by the bonfire and try a delicious vanilla sugar donut!
Red Mountain Trails is celebrating the holidays by offering horse-drawn wagon rides! They also have Christmas trees and wreaths for sale. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa around the bonfire and go for a wagon ride through the vineyards while you enjoy the sound of jingle bells and Christmas carols. Fri. – Sun., December 2-4 and 9-11, from noon – 5 pm.
Want to find Santa and tell him what you want? Here are a few locations he will be visiting:
Take a ride on Santa’s Trolley! Santa Claus will be in Yakima on December 10 and 11, and 17 and 18 to ride the trolleys with all the kids! Trolleys will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.
A holiday tradition for many families is the Toy Train Christmas in Toppenish at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18. See a number of fully-operating model trains of many sizes. The event includes a Caboose Ride to the 'North Pole' to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children receive a candy cane from Santa and have photos taken (extra charge to purchase photos). There will be a Christmas craft to take home, and the opportunity to play with a model train and a caboose while you enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies.
Visit Santa at the Valley Mall right up until Christmas Eve! Don’t forget to include your pets too! There is a Santa “Paws” event where you can bring in your dog-gone good canine or purr-fect feline for pet photos with Santa at 6 pm on Dec 1, 8 and 15.
The holiday season is a busy time of year in the Yakima Valley, so take the time to enjoy these Holiday events! For the full list of events, click here!