YAKIMA – The calendar is full of family fun holiday festivities this coming weekend in downtown Yakima.
Today, Friday, Yakima’s community Christmas tree will serve as the centerpiece during a free Light Up the Plaza celebration at Millennium Plaza.
Santa will be on hand to help light up the Yakima community Christmas tree during a special lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.
For those wishing to see all the lights of downtown Yakima, free tours via horse-drawn carriages starting at Millennium Plaza will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday. The horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available each weekend during December. The rides will begin at the Millennium Plaza and at the North Front Street train depot, at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Musical performances are also planned as a part of the weekend holiday gala. The Seasons Performance Hall stage at 101 N. Naches Ave. will welcome the Seattle Rock Orchestra for a rousing Friday night show at 7:30 p.m.
Also scheduled for Friday night will be an 8 p.m. performance by the Wailin’ Jennys’ at the Capitol Theatre.
In addition to Friday night’s activities, the Historic North Front Street District merchants will host holiday open house events on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m.
The activities on Sunday, Dec. 7, will include a pottery ornament workshop at Yakima Maker Space, 16 S. First St., from 2 to 4 p.m.
Also on Sunday, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Spectacular at the Capitol Theatre will start at 4 p.m.
Sunday’s festivities will culminate with the 15th annual Yakima Holiday Light Parade, which will follow a route from 6th Avenue to the Millennium Plaza, beginning at 6 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place following the parade near the 2014 community Christmas tree in Millennium Plaza.
Also planned during the month–long holiday festivities is the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra performing its holiday Magical Sensations program at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m.
The Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will take to the Capitol Theatre stage on Sunday, Dec. 14, beginning at 5 p.m.
Also planned for the holiday season is Through Stained Glass, a telling of the Christmas story with classical music and stained glass imagery, to be held at the Seasons on Friday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.
A complete list of downtown Yakima holiday festivities can be found at www.downtownyakima.com.