Holiday Events: What’s happening in NCW?


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And you want know why? Because this is the one season that’s all about family, peace, love, joy, giving and food. So much food. And this community really gets into the spirit, with events all December long. Here are some of the holiday happenings that we’re looking forward to. Have another suggestion? Email me and I’ll add it to the list:

The Pybus Holiday Lighting Ceremony is this Friday, Nov. 25 at 5:30 p.m. SHARP!

Skip Black Friday shopping and take the kids fishing at the Beebe Springs Natural Area.

Beginning Friday and running through December, Chelan celebrates Small Town Christmas 2016 — with live music, photo booths, visits from Santa, gift wrapping and lots of other holiday events.

Mountain Springs Lodge in Plain is hosting its annual Holiday Sip and Shop this Saturday, Nov. 26.

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth does Christmas right, with tons of festive offerings, including a screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” a family Christmas show, and A Candlelight Christmas concert.

The “Journey to Bethlehem” with Live Nativity happens Dec. 1-4 at the corner of 5th and Western in Wenatchee.

There’s a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in East Wenatchee on Dec. 1.

And a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Mansfield on Dec. 3.

Wenatchee High School presents “White Christmas” on stage at the PAC Dec. 1-3 and 15-17.

Stage Kids presents “Elf Jr.” on the Numerica PAC stage Dec. 1-3. (We wrote about it on the blog.)

Leavenworth Village Voices presents “Christmas in the Mountains” concert Dec. 2, 9 and 11.

The Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival returns Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18. Come for the lights, live Christmas music, St. Nickolaus at the Front Street Gazebo, sledding and more.

The TwispWorks campus will host “Gear Up For The Holidays” on Dec. 8. Cozy fires, lively music and tons of local artisans selling their wares.

St. Joseph Parish holds its all-parish Christmas Cantata on Dec. 9. Five choirs will perform traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

FREE holiday movies on Saturdays in December at the Ruby Theatre in Chelan. On Dec. 3, it’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” On Dec. 10, it’s “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.” On Dec. 19, it’s “The Polar Express.”

Head downtown on Sunday, Dec. 4 for Mingle and Jingle: a fun shopping event featuring collectible ornaments, Christmas caroling and in-store events.

A holiday tradition: Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and local dancers perform “The Nutcracker” at the PAC Dec. 9-11.

Christmas Family Fun Day at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center on Dec. 10.

This looks like fun: a holiday hair workshop at Merriment on Dec. 13.

Local women’s choir The Appleaires will perform holiday songs in the Pybus concourse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Holiday Movies on the Big Screen at the Numerica PAC: “Polar Express” on Dec. 18, “Die Hard” on Dec. 19 and “Holiday Inn” on Dec. 20. Just $3 each!

Local performers bring “A Christmas Story” to the stage in a 1940s-style radio hour at the Numerica PAC on Dec. 22.

Here comes SANTA CLAUS…

Santa will kick off the season this Friday, Nov. 25 from 3-5 p.m. at the Ruby Theatre in Chelan.

Santa Claus is coming to (down)town on Dec. 3, 10 and 11.

And to Pybus (arriving by helicopter) on Dec. 4. Santa will return to Pybus from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in December for free photos.

The big man will stop by Family Fun Day at the museum on Dec. 10 for pictures.

Santa will pose for pictures from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 3 through Dec. 18 at Owl Soda Fountain & Gifts — Grand Central Building, 25 N Wenatchee Ave. Cost is $20 for two color photos, one in a folder. And everyone gets a free “Santa Sundae.” Yum! (664-7221 for more information)

He has already been seen at the Wenatchee Valley Mall, where he’ll make appearances through Christmas Eve.

Santa will stop by Merriment on Dec. 10 for pictures by a professional photographer. ($10 each.)

Get your dog’s picture with Santa at Firehouse Pet Shop on Dec. 10.


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