• Jessica Steward

10 Events to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Washington State This Month

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Another year has come and gone, and with the holiday season comes a time to get together with the family, only this year that may look a little bit different. We may not all be able to have big dinners as we hoped, but there are many activities happening across Washington that will allow you to get together while staying safe!


From tree lighting ceremonies to Christmas light displays, there is so much to do, but make sure to plan ahead! Here are 10 ways to celebrate the holidays this season and spread some Christmas cheer!


Santa Holiday Train, Chehalis, Wa

‘Tis the season to have fun! From now until December 20th The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum is continuing their traditional favourite with safety measures in place on the Santa Train. Ride with Santa for a themed journey and get your pictures taken in style. Visit their website to make your reservation today!


Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular, Spokane, Wa

Until January 1st, Riverfront Park will light up with dynamic light displays with vibrant colors and patterns. This is a free event for everyone so join in on the festivities and bring your holiday spirit! Visit their website for more information.


Issaquah Reindeer Festival, Issaquah, Wa

From December 1st - 23rd and 26th - 30th Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays with family and friends at the annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival where the Cougar Mountain Zoo is transformed into the North Pole to welcome Santa and his reindeer. Check-out their website for more event details!



Hometown Holidays, Maple Valley, Wa

The City of Maple Valley is offering a reinvented Hometown Holidays event this year on December 3rd and from December 18th to 20th to bring the holiday season to the community. Make sure to catch the virtual tree lighting ceremony with music and a visit from a special guest and take part in the Wilderness Lights Drive or just drive through to see the many light displays. Visit their website for all of the details about this year's Hometown Holidays.


Community Tree Lighting Celebration, Anacortes, Wa

Join the Anacortes community from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on December 4th as they light up the tree to celebrate the holiday season. Visit their website for more information.



Crab Pot Christmas Drive-by Parade, Ilwaco, Wa

This year’s annual Crab Pot Tree Lighting is on December 5th from 5-6 PM, you can watch the event live on Facebook or drive-by and tune in on your car radio to listen to the event and crabby carols. Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #crabpotchristmas2020. Decorated vehicles are not required, but strongly encouraged, check-out their website for all the event details!


Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Days, Conconully, Wa

This year, the holiday tree lighting and Santa Days will be combined for one festive celebration on December 5th. During the day you can browse and shop the craft fair followed by the tree lighting at 6:00 PM then a parade featuring a special guest. Visit their website to learn more about this fun-filled event!


Lighted Boat Parade, Tacoma, Wa

Tacoma Yacht Club will be hosting the lighted boat parade this year on December 19th from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Enjoy the festivities by viewing the boats along the Ruston waterfront starting at the Tacoma Yacht Club and into the Foss Waterway. If you plan to watch the parade from a local waterfront restaurant, check-up on their COVID-19 guidelines to ensure a safe and entertaining evening.


Holiday Festival of Arts, Bellingham, Wa

From now until December 24th there are many ways to get your hands on locally handmade gifts this holiday season from the Holiday Festival of Arts. Until December 23rd the online store is open for customers to place their orders and pick up at a later date. From December 4th - 24th the gallery will be open for you to shop from your favourite Holiday Festival Vendors. Visit their website for all the event details!


A Drive-Thru Christmas, Stanwood, Wa

Are you ready for a night of Christmas joy? See spectacular lights, dazzling displays and wave to Mr. and Mrs. Claus while listening to music and enjoying the company of your family all from the comfort of your car. A Drive-Thru Christmas provides a holiday outing that the entire family is sure to enjoy. To keep the event safe and enjoyable for everyone, advanced ticket purchases are required. Visit their website to make your reservation today for your drive-thru experience before December 30th!


However, you choose to celebrate the holiday this year do it with people you love and with lots of Christmas joy to share!

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