Holiday Happenings

A semi truck decorated with tens of thousands of lights and a Christmas train scene illuminates the night during Yakima's Lighted Christmas Parade. Photo courtesy of Rene' Jarvis of Critter Cab

WEDS NOVEMBER 6

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, and towering puppets. Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. See capitoltheatre.org for more details.

TUE NOVEMBER 19 — WED NOVEMBER 20

A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL This classic holiday tale centers on a bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie and his family get into all kinds of situations — from a tongue stuck on a flagpole to a garish leg lamp. See capitoltheatre.org for more details.

THU NOVEMBER 28

TURKEY TROT New date: On Thanksgiving morning this year. 9 a.m. at Sarg Hubbard Park 111 South 18th Street. 5K run/walk. Costume contest with prizes for the winners. Pre-register at campprimetime.org. Registration 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Sarg Hubbard Park — day of event. The run benefits Camp Prime Time and the Yakima Greenway.

SAT NOVEMBER 30

TOPPENISH LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE 6 p.m. Parade features lots of BIG trucks dressed up in thousands of lights, floats, princesses galore, horseback riders and a horse-drawn wagon. It begins with a tree lighting at 5:30 at Post Office Park downtown. Parade travels on West First Ave. going east through downtown then north on South Toppenish Ave., ending at the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum on Asotin Ave. Free to the public & free to enter. See visittoppenish.com for more info.

SAT NOVEMBER 30 & SUN DECEMBER 1

TOY TRAIN CHRISTMAS Also Dec. 7 & 8, Dec. 14 & 15, Dec. 21 & 22 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Model trains, decorated Christmas trees, refreshments and caboose rides to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. $8 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and younger. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 Asotin Avenue, Toppenish. Call 509-865-1911 for more info.

FRI DECEMBER 6

SELAH LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE 6:30—7:30 p.m. The parade begins at Wernex Loop near Selah Middle School. It will continue down 1st Street to Selah Avenue, and end at the Civic Center. For more information, check selahdowntown.org.

SAT DECEMBER 7

PEACE IN CHRIST 7-8 p.m. A live, family-friendly, musical performance put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Cost: Free. Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 702 N 1st St, Selah. “Nice casual” dress suggested.

SAT DECEMBER 7

SUNNYSIDE LIGHTED FARM IMPLEMENT PARADE The Northwest’s premier lighted parade and oldest farm implement parade in the nation! Held downtown at 6:30 p.m. Boasts more than 60 lighted farm implements and vehicles. Designed to capture the spirit of Christmas. See lightedfarmparade.com for more info.

SAT DECEMBER 7

HOLIDAY CRAFTS & ANTIQUES BAZAAR 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 618 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton. Knock out all your holiday shopping at this bazaar featuring handmade and vintage items. Featuring more than 70 curated vendors, live musical performances and Santa. See mightytieton.com for more info.

SAT DECEMBER 7

SANTA’S WORKSHOP & WINTER VILLAGE LEGO COMPETITION 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a day of fun featuring pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts, hot cocoa bar, and Lego winter village competition. Family-friendly event. Harman Center 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima. Stop by or call Leslie at 509-576-6402 to sign up. Free!

SAT DECEMBER 7 & SUN DECEMBER 8

YAKIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY POPS SPECTACULAR The Yakima Symphony Chorus and the Yakima School of Ballet join the orchestra for this traditional holiday program. Capitol Theatre, 19 S. 3rd St., Yakima. See ysomusic.org for more info.

SAT DECEMBER 14

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Santa Claus will join kids of all ages for a special Christmas breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Bring your camera to take priceless pictures of your child with Santa. Join us for prize drawings and shop in the Country Store. A fun morning for all! Children 3-12 $4, 13 and over $7. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at Holy Family Church 5313 Tieton Drive, Yakima. Call 509-388-4128 for more information.

SUN DECEMBER 15

UNION GAP’S OLD TOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE & FESTIVAL 6 p.m. A lighted parade and festival. Parade starts at the Pepp’rmint Stick and runs to the Sears Parking lot at the Valley Mall. Go to visituniongap.com for more info.

SAT JANUARY 18

SLEIGH DAY 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family, your blanket and your camera and take a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride (depending on the weather) compliments of the Horse ‘n Harness Group. Bonfire on site — and supplies for S’mores, cider, coffee and cocoa will be available for purchase. No charge for rides, but donations are gladly accepted and help fund future horse events. At the Central Washington Ag Museum in Union Gap. See visitiuniongap.com for more information.