Sure, Christmas comes only once a year, but that “once” begins earlier and earlier, it seems. ... That can be a good thing!
Tuesdays-Sundays Chalet Place Ice Rink. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. New ice skating rink made from sheets of polyethylene, which isn’t cold and doesn’t require refrigeration or electricity, allowing for the possibility of a year-round outdoor skating rink. “Come July,” says Frank Hieber, co-owner of Incline LLC, which operates Chalet Place Ice Rink, “you might see people in shorts and tank tops skating next to the shaved ice area.” Cost: $5 per person including skate rental, $4 if visitors bring their own skates. There is an unlimited amount of time within the hours of operation. Chalet Place Ice Rink, in the Chalet Place shopping center at 56th Ave. and Summitview Ave., Yakima.
Fridays & Saturdays thru Dec. 8 Bill’s Berry Farm’s “Christmas Trees on the Farm.” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 & Dec. 7-8. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Look forward to getting a fresh-cut Christmas tree with the family. While you’re at it, you might get yourself and others handmade wreaths and garlands. Don’t forget to try the hot cocoa, cider and vanilla sugar doughnuts and experience the caroling hay ride. The farm is at 3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview. Call 509-882-3200 for more information.
Saturdays thru Dec. 22 Giant Gingerbread Man Decorating. Noon-1 p.m. Also offered Dec. 8 and 15. Cost: $15 per child (multiple event sign-ups can receive a discount; call for details). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Saturdays & Sundays thru Dec. 16 Ninth annual Toy Train Christmas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. All aboard! Take the train to the North Pole (don’t worry, you won’t need a passport) to see Santa Claus, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. More than 40 running model trains. Cost: $6 adults, $4 children. Photos with Santa offered for extra fee. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 South Asotin Ave., Toppenish. 509-865-1911. nprymuseum.org
Fri., Nov. 23-Mon., Dec. 24 Santa Claus Visits & Photos. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, & Christmas Eve., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Valley Mall, 2529 Main Street, Union Gap; 509-0979. shopatvalleymall.com
Fri., Nov. 30-Sat., Dec. 1 “The Rented Christmas.” Nov. 30, 10 a.m. & Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Presented by the Yakima Valley Opera Company. Suggested for ages 3-12. Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students ages 12 and older, $7 children 5-11. The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; 509-485-1888. theseasonsyakima.com
Fri., Nov. 30-Mon., Dec. 3 Journey to Bethlehem. 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Take an interactive journey through the streets of a re-created ancient Bethlehem, complete with sets, actors and actresses and animals. Free. Yakima Seventh Day Adventist Church, 507 N. 36th Ave., Yakima; 509-452-2041. yakimasda.org/journey
Sat., Dec. 1 Whispers of Christmas. All-day event starts at 8 a.m. with a breakfast with Santa. Other events include kids games from 10:30 a.m.-noon, a 5K fun run from 1-3 p.m. (fee attached), a movie from 3-5 p.m with concessions available to purchase, a lighted parade, and a reading from Santa of The Night Before Christmas. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah; 509-698-7302.
Yakima Valley Mueseum Open House. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Several performances are lined up in the Neon Garden: Yakima Youth Symphony at noon, Yakima Children’s Choir at 1 p.m. and the Melody Lane Singers at 2 p.m. The museum is at 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima. 509-248-0747. yakimavalleymuseum.org.
Sun., Dec. 2 Christmas Pops Spectacular. 4 p.m. Yakima Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas and holiday music for the whole family, in partnership with Yakima Symphony Chorus and Yakima Children’s Choir. Cost: $13.50-$50 per ticket. The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima; 509-853-8000. capitoltheatre.org
Sat., Dec. 8 Breakfast with Santa at Harman Center. 10 a.m. Enjoy fireplace, holiday decorations, music and time with Santa. Bring cameras. Cost: $4 per person. Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima. Call to register by Nov. 30: 509-575-6166.
Sun., Dec. 9 Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert. 3-4 p.m. Theme: “Destinations Ahead!” Cost: $5 at the door. The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima; 509-853-8000.
Fri., Dec. 14-Sat., Dec. 15 Luminaria. The Yakima Area Arboretum will host its annual Luminaria from 6-9 p.m. both nights. Go see more than 1,000 candles lighting the pathway, along with holiday music and the tallest Christmas tree in Central Washington. Coffee, hot apple cider and treats are also provided. Kids can enjoy making crafts. Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima; 509-248-7337. ahtrees.org
Sat., Dec. 15 Yakima Valley Holiday Trolley. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ride the electric trolley with Santa and enjoy holiday treats. Cost: $4 per person. Electric Railway Museum, South Third Avenue and Pine Street, Yakima; 509-249-5962.
Tues., Dec. 18-21 Classes at the Cake Decorator Shoppe: Dec. 18, Cookie Decorating; Dec. 19, Cupcake Decorating; Dec. 20, Mini-Cake Decorating; Gingerbread House Decorating. 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $25 per person (discount for multiple day sign-ups). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Wed., Dec. 19 Christmas Potluck & Entertainment. 6-8 p.m. Featuring Gone Fiddling Again. Broadway Grange No. 647, 909 W. Washington Ave., Yakima. 509-949-2100.