olympia 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)

olympia 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)

olympia 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)

olympia 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)

olympia holiday events: Gingerbread House Competition for 2012 in Olympia - 11/17/12 12:36 AM
I CANNOT figure out how it could be possible that next week is already Thanksgiving week, but seems to be true.  Which means that the annual holiday events in Olympia are kicking off with some really fun opportunities right after you eat more turkey, stuffing and pie than you thought possible.
 
 

The annual Gingerbread House competition for 2012 is scheduled for November 24th & 25th in the Olympia Ballroom downtown.  The competition is sponsored by South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, and is part of the Downtown for the Holidays events organized by Olympia's Downtown Association.
We have … (6 comments)

olympia 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)

olympia holiday events: Holiday Bazaars in the Olympia WA Area for 2012 - 11/02/12 07:44 AM
This time of year, I start marking my favorite holiday bazaars in my calendar - and there are some really good ones coming up for the 2012 season in the Olympia WA area!  I love the opportunity to support local craftspeople and artists.  And I love the chance to find some unique and beautiful gifts for family and friends on my shopping list! 
 

One of the ones I always enjoy is Homemade for the Holidays at Thurston County Fairgrounds today (November 2nd) from 4-8 and then tomorrow, Saturday November 3rd. from 9-4.  There will be more than 100 vendors … (4 comments)

olympia holiday events: Holiday Bazaars Are Starting Up in Olympia!! - 10/13/12 07:22 AM
 

 
One of my favorite fall activities is to go to the various holiday bazaars in the Olympia area - always such a great place to get ideas, buy gifts, and just enjoy the creativity on display.
 

Today was one of the first of my list of favorite bazaars and it is an "All Season Bazaar" with Halloween, fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas items, as well as some for ....well, all seasons.
 

This bazaar is at the State Capitol Museum Coachhouse, and I spent a fun hour or so with a couple of friends.  Of course, … (4 comments)

olympia holiday events: Barb's Family & Friends Christmas Meal in Olympia - December's Season of Celebrations & Sharing - 12/13/11 09:43 AM
You've heard the old saying that there is no free lunch??  Well, that may be true....but in Olympia in December there IS a free Christmas meal!  This year will be the 42nd annual event known as Barb's Family & Friends Christmas Meal. 
Started originally by Barb O'Neill, this event has grown in size through the years in both participants and helpers.  After Barb's passing, her family and the community did not want to see the tradition end, so through the efforts of many, the free Christmas meal continues on. 
This year, it will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 from … (2 comments)

olympia 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)

olympia 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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