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Calendar of Family Fun Holiday Festivities this Season in Downtown Yakima.

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City of Yakima has announced a big list of family fun events this holiday season in downtown Yakima:

On Friday, November 27th:

  • Yakima's Community Christmas Tree will serve as the centerpiece during a free Light Up the Plaza celebration at Millennium Plaza. The event will start at 6:00 pm with a musical performance by Tim Snider (6:00 pm – 6:40 pm). At 6:40 pm, Santa will help Yakima’s Community Christmas Tree spring to life during a special lighting ceremony.

            Free photos with Santa will also be available inside Ron's Coin and Collectibles (6th N. 3rd Street) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

            Joseph, a band consisting of three sisters, will then take the stage and entertain the crowd until 7:30 pm.

On Thursday, December 3rd:

  • Yakima Valley Tourism will hold its 26th Annual Holiday Reception & Silent Auction from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Yakima Convention Center.

Friday, December 4th:

  • Multiple First Friday activities at a variety of Downtown Yakima businesses and performances by Olate Dogs at the Capitol Theatre at 7:00 pm and Polyrhythmics at the Seasons Performance Hall at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, December 5th:

  • Seattle Rock Opera presents: Led Zeppelin will take to the Seasons stage at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, December 6th: 

  • The Yakima Symphony Chorus performing traditional Christmas favorites during its Christmas Pops Spectacular starting at 4:00 pm at the Capitol Theatre.
  • At 6:00 pm, the 16th Annual Holiday Lighted Parade will fill Yakima Avenue from 6th Avenue to 3rd Street.
  • The parade will be led by runners and walkers participating in Dasher’s Dash, a 1-mile race/walk sponsored by the Yakima Roteract Club. Dasher’s Dash will follow the parade route from 6th Avenue to 3rd Street.
  • The cost is $15.00 per person. Registration can be taken care of ahead of time online at or before the race at the Salvation Army beginning at 5:00 pm.

December 11th:

  •  The Seasons Performance Hall will welcome Cataldo & the Marshall McLean Band on Friday,  beginning at 8:00 pm.

Multiple day events:

  • Free horse drawn carriage rides will be available on December 11th and 18th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will board at both the Millennium Plaza and the Train Depot on North Front Street.
  • Second Saturday (Saturday, December 12th) will see the second opportunity for free pictures with Santa at Ron’s Coin and Collectibles from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and the Eugene Ballet Company performing The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre at both 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
  • The busy season in Downtown Yakima will also include the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 pm and A Holiday Cabaret with Charlie and Al at the 4th Street Theatre on Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm.

A complete list of Downtown Yakima holiday festivities can be found on the Downtown Yakima website at