Mark your calendar and make the rounds!
It’s the season for thousands of twinkling lights! Lighted events around the Valley kick off this Saturday, November 27, with the beginning of the eight-day Holiday Light Fest at State Fair Park. Back for a much-anticipated second year, State Fair Park puts on a spectacular show with more than 25 miles of lights and themed holiday scenes. You’ll find more food to enjoy and a HLF fast pass available for purchase online. The Toppenish Lighted Parade also takes place this Saturday.
Lighted events continue with light festivals and parades from Selah and Yakima to Zillah and Prosser. Along with the lighted parade in Selah, stop by their annual Christmas Market. The iconic, Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade is recognized as one of the top 10 lighted parades in the U.S. The city of Sunnyside has an array of festive events planned in celebration. Go early for the Christmas Market, to see Santa and sample delicious bites from food vendors. The Downtown Yakima Lighted Parade and tree lighting is Saturday, December 5.
Two special events return this year as well. The Luminaria, lighting up the trails and trees of the Yakima Area Arboretum is December 10 to 11. A new local favorite from the Yakima Museum is the Holiday Lights Extravaganza. Join them for some holiday bling December 7 to 18! More than 20 local charities will be joining the museum to bedeck the museum galleries with beautifully decorated Christmas trees and other festive displays. Support local nonprofits when you visit and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. View the trees and displays, each colorfully lit and extravagantly decorated by an area nonprofit. From your entry fee ($12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and $5 for Children), each adult and senior will receive $5 back in the form of five $1 tickets to award to their favorite tree or their favorite charity. The charities will redeem these tickets for cash. Celebrate the season and celebrate the charities that work so hard to do good in our community!
What’s sure to become a new holiday favorite, Yakima’s beer bus, The Little Hopper hosts Mele Kalikimaka Holiday Light Tours for the first year, from Dec 5 through Dec 22.
ALOHA! Relax and enjoy the season with family, friends, and colleagues while sipping your favorite winter-time beverages and touring the season of lights in the Yakima Valley. Included is one stop at a local brewery and a bite box for each guest filled with Hawaiian holiday treats! Learn More.
Check out the complete list of Yakima Valley Lighted Events.
Holiday Markets & Small Business Shopping
The festivities don’t end with lighted events! Saturday, November 27, is Small Business Saturday. Communities all around Yakima Valley wine country have plans to celebrate local shops, restaurants and artisan vendors just in time to kick off the season of gift giving. In Downtown Yakima, pick up a passport and shop local to win great gift baskets. In Selah, shop local small vendors for surprise, on-the-spot prizes and don’t miss the Holiday Market featuring local vendors. In Prosser, look for raffles, a scavenger hunt and lots of local deals. Even Yakima Valley Breweries are getting in to the spirit with on-site markets featuring local artisan vendors. Plan your stop at Wanderland of Wandering Hop Brewery and Single Hill Brewing.
A perennial favorite event this season is the 15th annual Mighty Tieton Holiday Craft and Antique Bazaar. Each year is bigger and better than the last! Santa’s visiting from the North Pole and live musicians are bringing cheer! Over 50 curated vendors will be on hand to offer the most unique handmade and vintage items in the region. Enjoy delicious eats from Essencia Artisan Bakery and an array of gourmet gifts for the foodie on your list. Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs with Yakima’s Premier DJ Big Ern!
Start a new tradition this year with Wagon Rides, Christmas Trees & Campfires at Red Mountain Trails. Nothing says “Holidays” like a horse-drawn wagon ride, cozy campfire and beautiful Christmas trees and gifts. Starting November 26th they will be open noon to 4 pm for wagon rides (reservations required). Take home one of their wild Christmas trees, as well as handmade wreaths, ornaments, gifts and goat milk goodies from their own goats Sign up for a wagon ride, add on a fire pit and wine flights (featuring wine from our own winery) and enjoy some s’mores, snacks or charcuterie.
Boutiques and shops all around the Valley are decked out for holiday shopping as well! Stay tuned for our upcoming holiday shopping guide!
Don’t forget to stop by the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center for locally made artisan goods, Yakima Valley wine, tasty treats and craft brews. When you get home be sure to visit their online shop to share gift baskets with friends, family and associates.