December 2017 Events: Festivals, Fairy Tale Balls & more!

December 1-3:

Festival of the Nativities

4pm – 9pm, 900 11th Ave, Longview

Hundreds of Christmas nativities from around the world will be displayed. A free event, open to all, features hundreds of nativities from around the world set up in an Old World Bethlehem marketplace.Also including local music performances, living nativity vignettes, a special “white” room and a children’s room with activities and “touchables” nativities.

Friday, December 1st:

Christmas in Kalama Kicks off

6:30pm, Toteff Park, Kalama

Kicking Christmas season off right with a tree lighting ceremony.

The Walk and Knock food driver for Helping Hands is December 2nd. Kalama residents are asked to set out bags of non-perishable foods for pickup.

December 2, 1-3pm people of all ages can visit with Santa, get a free photo, gift and candy cane at the Kalama Public Library.

Sunday, Dec 3 at 5pm is the annual community turkey dinner at Kalama Elementary School. Cost is $7 per person, and kids 8yrs and younger eat for free. Music and entertainment, as well as visiting and photos with Santa, gift and a candy cane

Saturday, December 2nd:

Woodland’s Winterfest, 6pm

Beginning with a Christmas tree lighting at 6pm, the Hoffman Plaza in downtown Woodland will be hopping with holiday cheer. The Winterfest queen and princess will light the tree, and following all kids will have the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a free gift. Free hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served.

Saturday, December 9th:

Breakfast with Santa Claus!

McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Ave, Longview

Tickets now available for 8:30am and 10:45am breakfast seatings. Tickets are $9pp and include breakfast, hands-on workshops, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and Penny’s Puppets from Portland leading a singalong and puppet show. Professional photos with Santa available for $5. Each child goes home with a gift.

NO tickets sold at the door.

Register online or call 442-5400.

Online: for session 152858 (8:30am) or session 152859 (10:45am).

Saturday, December 9th:

Jingle All the Way 5k

The annual Jingle All the Way 5K starts at 5pm at the Civic Center in Longview. All ages are invited to run, walk, dance, skip, stroll and “jingle all the way” as many laps as they want up to 5K.

Prizes awarded for first 3 men finishers, first 3 women finishers; best group costume, most original costume and Griswold brightest costume. To enter costume contest, arrive at 3:30pm, contest at 4:30pm, Santa will stop by at 4pm. Entertainment provided along the course.

Registration is $25pp (includes shirt) or $65 for a family of 4 (includes shirts); $10 per additional family member and $20 per individual (no shirt).


Saturday, December 9th:

Castle Rock Festival of Lights

Downtown Castle Rock, WA

See article on page 6 for all info!

Saturday, December 9th:

Festival of Lighted Boats

Kalama Marine Park, 5pm

101 West Marine Drive, Kalama

Decorated boats will light up the waterfront, featuring a parade of lighted vessels, music and caroling, live entertainment, festive food and drink. Holiday photos with Santa and a McMenamins beer garden.

Tuesday, December 12th:

Fairy Tale Snow Ball

Longview Public Library

6pm – 7:30pm

The annual fairy-tale winter ball invites attendees to wear folk and fairy tale themed costumes. Ball goers will listen to stories told by the fire, drink delicious hot cocoa, eat magical treats, play with “snow dough” and make holiday crafts. This is a free event for the whole family!

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