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Holiday happenings: 'It's a Wonderful Life' kicks off a season of celebration

The Warehouse Theatre Company’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” opens today, Thanksgiving day, as Warehouse holiday shows have for decades.

It’s a tradition now, something people look forward to every year. You get your turkey and stuffing, the Lions game on TV, the Macy’s parade and the Warehouse Theatre holiday show. There’s comfort there, a sense of normalcy and stability and, for those who’ve moved away but return for the holidays, a sense of home and family.

“We have people who came as kids and are now bringing their own kids,” said Julianne Van Dyke, a longtime Warehouse veteran and director of this production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The show, starring Brandon Lamb as George (the Jimmy Stewart role), Amy Matson as Mary and Brian Van Dyke as Clarence, adheres pretty closely to the source material. It will be recognizably “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and with a longtime Warehouse regular in the lead role it will be recognizably Warehouse. Like many of the events listed below, it will be this year’s entry into a long holiday tradition.

“Most of our holiday shows open on Thanksgiving day,” Van Dyke said. “It’s been great. It gets you in the spirit of the holidays. And families have come and said, ‘We’ve done this for 20 years; it’s a tradition.’”

The Warehouse Theatre Company’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” opens at 7:30 p.m. today. Subsequent performances are set for the same time Friday and Saturday as well as Dec. 5-7 and 12-14. There will also be 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 7 and 14. Tickets cost $20, and $17.50 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call 509-966-0951.

Here are a few more Yakima Valley holiday events, some longtime traditions and some potential new ones:


Photos with Santa at the Valley Mall; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24; 2529 Main Street in Union Gap;, 509-469-9308


Moments to Remember; 2-6:30 p.m. with tree lighting at 5:25 p.m.; downtown Ellensburg;, 509-962-6246


Holiday matinee canned food drive featuring “Abominable”; 10 a.m.; Grand Cinemas, 3400 Picard Place in Sunnyside; film admission is a can of food;; 509-837-3900


Cookies and cocoa with Santa; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Washington Fruit Place and Gift Shop at Barrett Orchards;, 509-966-1275

Family Christmas Festival; 3:45-5 p.m.; Depot Square in downtown Prosser;, 509-786-3177

Toppenish Lighted Christmas Parade; 4:30 p.m. tree lighting, 6 p.m. parade start;, 509-865-3262

‘90s Holiday Rock Party; 9 p.m.-midnight; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $10 advance, $15 door;, 509-453-1888

Saturday-Dec. 22

Toy Train Christmas; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Northern Pacific Railway Museum; 10 Asotin Drive in Toppenish; $8 adults, $5 children;, 509-865-1911

Sunday-Dec. 8

Silent Santa, sensory-friendly experience for Santa believers with special needs; 9-11 a.m.; Valley Mall, 2529 Main St. in Union Gap;, 509-469-9308


“O Christmas Tea”; 7:30 p.m.; The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St.; $28, $33, $43;, 509-853-2787


4th Street Features Holiday Cabaret; 6:30 p.m.; 4th Street Theatre, 14 S. Fourth St.; $10;, 509-853-2787

Tuesday-Dec. 14

Holiday Lights Extravaganza; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive; $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children;, 509-248-0747


Christmas in Naches; 5-8 p.m.; Depot Park;, 509-653-2647

Dec. 5

Mark O’Connor Band “An Appalachian Christmas”; 7:30 p.m.; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $24, $35, $50;, 509-453-1888

Cocoa & Carols; 6-7:30 p.m.; Mural Alley in downtown Grandview;, 509-882-2100

Dec. 5, 12 and 19

Santa Paws, pet visits to Santa; 5-8 p.m.; Valley Mall; 2529 Main St. in Union Gap;, 509-469-9308

Dec. 6

Sunnyside Festival of Trees and Yuletide Reception; 5:30-10 p.m.; Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First St. in Sunnyside;, 509-837-8660

Selah Lighted Christmas Parade and Selah Community Christmas; 5 p.m. reception at Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., 6 p.m. parade start;, 509-901-6060

Dec. 6-8 and 13-14

Valley Theater Company’s “Holiday Inn”; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8; $15, $13 students and seniors; The Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser;, 509-786-2180

Dec. 7

Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade; 6:30 p.m.; downtown Sunnyside;

Old Fashioned Christmas, 1-6 p.m.; Sunnyside Museum; 704 S. Fourth St. in Sunnyside;, 509-837-6010

Santa Day; 1-3 p.m.; Grandview Library, 500 W. Main St. in Grandview;, 509-882-7034

Zillah’s Old Fashioned Christmas; 2-5 p.m.; Zillah Fire Department, 111 Seventh St. in Zillah;, 509-829-5055

Dec. 7-8

Yakima Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops Spectacular”; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Dec. 8; The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St.; $10-$60;, 509-853-2787

Dec. 7, 14, 21

Holiday downtown wagon rides; noon-3 p.m.; Millennium Plaza in downtown Yakima;, 509-571-1328

Dec. 8

Yakima Lighted Christmas Parade and tree lighting; 6 p.m. parade start; downtown Yakima;

Tieton Tree Lighting; 4:30-6 p.m.; Tieton City Park;, 509-673-3162

Dec. 13-14

Luminaria; 6-10 p.m.; Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive;, 509-248-7337

Dec. 14

The Ellington Jazz Nutcracker; 2-4 p.m.; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $11, $15, $30;, 509-453-1888

Decemberfest; 6:30-11:30 p.m.; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $20, $10 with toy donation;, 509-453-1888

Mulled Wine Walk; 1-5 p.m.; downtown Yakima;, 509-571-1328

Cookies and Santa; 2-4 p.m.; Grandview Museum, 115 W. Wine Country Road in Grandview;, 509-882-9219

Christmas with Tingstad & Rumbel; 7-9 p.m.; Brewminatti, 713 Sixth St. in Prosser; $25 advance, $30 door;, 509-786-2269

Granger Lighted Christmas Parade; 6:30 p.m.; downtown Granger; 509-305-6040

Dec. 15

Santa Claus and Friends Trolley; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Yakima Valley Trolley Powerhouse Museum, 418 S. Third Ave.; $7;, 509-249-5962

Old Town Christmas Parade; 6 p.m.; Union Gap;, 509-575-8770

Holiday Music Surprise for Kids; 2-3 p.m.; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $8 for 14 and younger, $10 over 14;, 509-453-1888

An Acoustic Holiday Celebration with Tingstad & Rumbel; 6-8 p.m.; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $12, $15, $25;, 509-453-1888

Dec. 20

Broadway Bound Dance Academy’s “The Nutcracker”; 5 p.m.; The Capitol Theatre, 19. S. Third St.; $14;, 509-853-2787

Dec. 21

Night of Noel: Carols From Christmas Past; 7-8 p.m.; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $10;, 509-453-1888

Moxee Lighted Christmas Parade; 6-8 p.m.; Moxee;, 509-945-2759

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