holiday events: Downtown for the Holidays 2013 in Olympia - 11/26/13 03:51 AM
After you enjoy a Thanksgiving of family, feasting, football - and maybe some Black Friday shopping, get ready for the annual Downtown for the Holidays in Olympia.  The Olympia Downtown Association has some great fun planned for this coming Sunday, December 1st from noon until 5 PM. 
Most activities are centered in and around Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia - and are free for your family to enjoy some holiday spirit!  You can hop on free rides on a horse drawn wagon or an electric trolley.  And the kids will love seeing Santa (yes, you can purchase photos of them … (4 comments)

holiday events: Olympia Toy Run 2013 - 11/25/13 07:47 AM
 
 

Olympia Toy Run 2013 is coming up soon - and motorcycles will be filling our streets with generous riders bearing toys for kids.  This year's event is scheduled for Saturday December 7th, and motorcycles will begin assembling at 10 AM that morning.  The parking lot by Sears at South Sound shopping center on Sleater Kinney Rd in Lacey is the assembly point and a pretty amazing sight once it is filled with the participants.
 

There will be motorcycle riders with Santa suits or hats, and many decorated cycles too.  And the assorted teddy bears and other … (6 comments)

holiday events: Gingerbread House Competition 2013 in Olympia - 11/22/13 08:26 AM
One of our family's favorite holiday activities is always going to see the creative gingerbread houses at the annual event sponsored by Habitat for Humanity in Olympia. 
 

The 2013 event will run from December 2nd - December 20th and is in a new location this year.  The gingerbread houses will be on display at the new Habitat Store at 400 Cooper Point Rd on the westside of Olympia.
 

These gingerbread creations always include some intricate and beautiful displays - and some great humor too.  Now if we can keep the grandkids from deciding to sample those … (6 comments)

holiday events: Olympia Toy Run 2012 - Motorcycles & Toys Galore! - 11/27/12 12:38 AM
The Olympia Toy Run 2012 is just around the corner, and this annual event has become a community favorite during the holiday season.
 

Where else can you see thousands of motorcycles (yes thousands - I read that last year was around 18,000 participants!) and their riders decked out with Santa hats, reindeer horns, and other holiday finery?  And where else can you watch them vroooom through the streets with their cargo of stuffed animals, dolls, and toys of all shapes and sizes?  And where else can you get that warm feeling, knowing that all those toys will be donated … (0 comments)

holiday events: Lighting of the Christmas Trees 2012 in Lacey - 11/26/12 06:07 AM
 
 

'Tis the season to enjoy the festive holiday events in the area, and one of my favorites is the lighting of the Christmas trees in Lacey.  The 2012 event will be on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 PM, and is at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square (behind Fred Meyers' in Lacey). 
Come sing along with familiar carols and sip some coffee or hot chocolate until it is time for the trees to light up with their beautiful holiday finery. 
And....I understand that Santa will show up in his Santa Mobile, too, so don't miss the fun!
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holiday events: Downtown for the Holidays 2012 Includes A Singing Christmas Tree! - 11/24/12 12:50 AM
The weekend after Thanksgiving sees many folks getting into the holiday spirit, with shopping and decorating and local special holiday events.
 
 

On Sunday November 25th in downtown Olympia, there will be a number of fun holiday activities, from a parade to gingerbread cottages to a singing Christmas tree and then the official Christmas tree lighting.
Head on downtown Sunday afternoon, and enjoy the colorful and tuneful singing Christmas tree at 4:00 on the side street bordering Sylvester Park.  You'll find yourself humming or singing along to holiday favorites!
And shortly after that musical program concludes, you can stay … (2 comments)

holiday events: Downtown for the Holidays 2012 in Olympia - It's a Parade! - 11/21/12 04:26 AM


Downtown for the Holidays 2012 is a great start to the holiday season in Olympia!  And it begins with a parade along the downtown Olympia streets this coming Sunday, November 25th.  The parade leaves Olympia Farmers Market at 3:00 and ends up at Sylvester Park on Capitol Way.
While you are waiting for the parade, you can also enjoy some free horse drawn wagon rides - with Mrs. Clause!  And watch that parade very, very carefully in case you might see a certain jolly Santa aboard a float or in a car!
 

Downtown for the Holidays is … (3 comments)

holiday events: Christmas Forest 2012 in Olympia - A Very Special Holiday Event - 11/13/12 05:34 AM



Christmas Forest 2012 is a really special holiday event in Olympia, and this year will be the 25th year you can view the amazingly beautiful trees and wreaths.
The Christmas Forest will be open for viewing on:
          Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 10 AM - 2 PM
          Thursday, November 29, 2012 - noon - 8 PM
          Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 10 AM - 8 PM
          Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 10 AM - 8 PM
The location again is at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia (2300 Evergreen Park Dr), and admission is … (0 comments)

holiday events: MIXX96.1 Radio Toy Drive Olympia - December's Season of Celebrations & Sharing - 12/08/11 10:05 AM
'Tis the season to share with those who may not have the means to provide Christmas gifts for their kids, and one easy way to do that is coming up in Olympia on Friday, December 16, 2011.  Mixx96.1 radio station will be putting on their annual toy drive from 6 AM until 6 PM.
 
 

And they make it really easy for you - you don't even have to get park and get out of your car.  Just drive by the corner of State & Washington Streets in downtown Olympia, and the radio station will have smiling volunteers to … (6 comments)

holiday events: December's Season of Celebrations & Sharing - Olympia Toy Run is TODAY! - 12/03/11 04:21 AM
 
 
 

One of the special annual events in Olympia during December's Season of Celebration & Sharing is the Toy Run - and it is happening today! So if you were wondering why there are LOTS - and I do mean LOTS of motorcycles around town with riders sporting Santa hats, they are part of the Toy Run. The Toy Run will start from South Sound Center in Lacey at 1:00 this afternoon, and the motorcycle parade will head down a new route along Pacific Ave to State and around the lake to their endpoint at Marathon Park. In … (4 comments)

holiday events: December's Season of Celebrations & Sharing - Lighting of the Christmas Trees in Lacey - 12/01/11 11:44 AM
December is definitely a season of celebrations and sharing - and tonight in Lacey, your family can share in the old fashioned holiday spirit for the official Lighting of the Christmas Trees.  The event will begin at 6 PM in Huntington Park in Woodland Square, Lacey (just east of the Fred Meyer store). 
 

There will be caroling, Santa will arrive in his Santa Mobile - and then the actual Christmas Trees will light up with glorious holiday colors to light up the night.  And what could be better this time of year - it is free!!!
So come on … (2 comments)

holiday events: Christmas Forest 2011 in Olympia - Opening Soon! - 11/21/11 10:25 AM
Christmas Forest in Olympia will be open soon for the 2011 holiday season!  Close your eyes and visualize the most beautiful decorated Christmas tree or wreath you have ever seen.  Now multiply that by 50 and you get a small sense of the treat in store for you at this year's Christmas Forest!



Opening day for Christmas Forest 2011 will be on Thanksgiving Day (11/24/11) and public viewing hours that day are from 11-5 PM.  The Christmas Forest will also be open to the public on Nov. 25th from 10-8; Nov 26th from noon - 8; Nov. 27th … (4 comments)

holiday events: Gingerbread Cottage Competition 2011 Next Weekend in Olympia - 11/20/11 01:50 AM
The annual Gingerbread Cottage Competition in Olympia will be next weekend, November 26 & 27, 2011 offering some great free family fun downtown.  It will be open from noon - 5:00 and is located above the Urban Onion Restaurant in the Olympia Ballroom (116 Legion, Olympia).  
 

This is always so much fun and you will marvel at the many gingerbread creations - past years have seen everything from gingerbread houses and castles, to the Space Needle, a gingerbread carrousel and more.
The event benefits South Sound Habitat for Humanity - so head on out to see it and … (4 comments)

 
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