Bundle up the kids, pack into your family sleigh and take a trip through the Yakima Valley this holiday season! Santa is going to be out and about all through December, but we got an early look at his schedule! Follow Santa all month long!
Welcome Santa into town at the Annual “Light Up the Plaza” in Downtown Yakima, Friday November 27. Santa and Mayor Micah Cawley will throw the switch to light the City Christmas Tree at Millennium Plaza during this annual tradition. Music begins at 6:00 p.m. with Tim Snider, followed by the Joseph Band. At 6:40 p.m. the tree lighting countdown begins. Get your free picture with Santa from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Ron’s Coin and Collectables.
See Santa at his next stop as you and the kids hop aboard the caboose for a ride to remember. The Toy Train Christmas at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish, starts the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and continues the first three weekends in December, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event brings you back to the days of old when toy trains were common around the Christmas tree. There will be many craft projects and a caboose full of toy trains designed for younger children to operate. Festivities include free hot chocolate and cookies. Optional photographs with Santa are available. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
Follow Santa down to Sunnyside where you can see him at the Annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. Featured on A&E’s Ultimate Holiday Town USA, this event has been the Northwest's premier lighted parade since 1989. The show kicks off December 5th at 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Sunnyside, with more than 50 farm implements, vehicles, and floats covered with thousands of decorative lights!
Santa then returns to Downtown Yakima for one more parade, the annual Holiday Light Parade, December 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come line the streets of downtown and see the many lighted trucks, farm equipment, parade floats, bicycles and more!
Santa will be also be available for photo opportunities at the Valley Mall in Union Gap, WA, until Christmas Eve, December 24th. Be sure to listen in on those requests the kids make and take advantage of those great sales at the mall. Santa will be available Monday - Saturday: 11am-8pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm.
Want to have breakfast with Santa? He’ll be in two places at once on December 5th! Santa will be at Old Country Buffet starting at 9:00 a.m., so bring the family down and enjoy a wonderful buffet. Santa will also be at Yakima's Harman Senior Center's, "Breakfast with Santa," from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Bring your camera for pictures, and make sure and pass on your gift requests and get a candy cane. Make your reservations before November 27th by calling 575-6166. Cost for breakfast is $5.
Santa has a lot of ground to cover, and usually shows up in the Lower Valley pretty early. Rumor has it, he’ll be at the The Family Christmas Festival in Prosser, Sunday, November 29 at 4:00p.m. There will be Christmas carols, hot cocoa, the Lighting of Depot Square, bonfires, hot hogs, marshmallows, gift drawings and lots of opportunities to get a picture with Santa! And make sure to bring the kiddos to a free showing of “A Christmas Carol” at The Princess Theatre! Show time is at 2:00p.m. and 5:15p.m.
And if you still need to hunt for the perfect fresh cut Christmas tree to light up your home for the holidays, make sure to visit Bill’s Berry Farm. The fun begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues into December. The park has hundreds of fresh cut trees, beautiful handmade wreaths, garlands, ornaments and twinkling Christmas lights. Enjoy a caroling hayride around the farm for a donation to the local food bank, 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!
There are lots of opportunities to see Santa this holiday season, so make sure the whole family is bundled up warm and have a wonderful time following Santa around the Yakima Valley! Happy Holidays!