WSECU Presents Downtown for the Holidays Celebration - Always the Sunday Following Thanksgiving

Olympia downtown will kick off the holiday season in style on Sunday, December 1 with the Jingle Bell Parade, a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, and horsedrawn wagon rides!  This endearing community tradition is made possible through the support of downtown businesses, sponsors, membership dues and volunteers.  Enjoy Olympia at its seasonal best!

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Deadline for entry is November 20.

The WSECU Jingle Bell parade is staged on Deschutes Parkway SW, and begins at 1:00 p.m. sharp, where the streets merge to 5th Avenue.  Mixx 96 KXXO will emcee the parade and announce each entry as they turn the corner on to Capital Way.  The parade finishes as they wrap around Sylvester Park, turning onto 7th and dispursing onto Washington Street. 





All over downtown Olympia
Enjoy the Twinkle Fest Storefront decorating contest throughout the holiday season by visiting downtown shops. Vote for your favorite store-front display and enter to win prizes! 

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Sylvester Park | 615 Washington St SE, Olympia

  • 1:00 p.m. The Jingle Bell Parade starts at Capital Lake and finishes at Sylvester Park. Parade emcee Ty Flint, Mixx 96.1.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides. Sponsored by Batdorf & Bronson.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hot chocolate sponsored by Batdorf & Bronson.
  • 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m Alleluia! Handbell Ensemble, located at Batdorf & Bronson.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive to the park by parade! Visit and photos with Santa till 3:30 p.m. (photos by Dinea de Photo | purchase optional)  Sponsored by WSECU
  • 3:45 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m. Apple Tree Productions children’s theater presents a preview of their December program. Apple Tree Productions is an educational theater program featuring students from all over the Puget Sound area. Entering their 7th year, they are excited to perform their winter musical, Oliver!, at Tumwayer High School on December 21st and 22nd. For more information visit
  • 4:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony | Olympia High School Chamber Choir, Sponsored by Acme Fuel 



The holiday tree, a Korean fir, was planted in Sylvester Park in April 2017 by Enterprise Services. The new fir serves as a permanent and sustainable holiday tree for the enjoyment of the community for many years to come. It also eliminates the need to find, transport and install a cut tree each year. It is a yearly tradition for Enterprise Services to adorn the holiday tree prior to the tree lighting.