Downtown for the Holidays

Sunday, November 25th, 2018
– Always the Sunday following Thanksgiving –

Olympia downtown kicks off the holiday season in style!  Join us for “Downtown for the Holidays,” festivities, a fun-filled day of window shopping, photos with Santa, parade, tree lighting ceremony, and more.  This endearing community tradition is made possible through the generous donations of downtown businesses, sponsors, membership dues and volunteers.  Enjoy Olympia at its seasonal best!

Preliminary Program

The Hotel Olympian
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free photos with Santa (purchase optional)

The Washington Center
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Gingerbread Village
5:00 p.m. The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

Sylvester Park
3:00 p.m. Jingle Bell parade (possible new route the year, but definitely ends at Sylvester Park.  See below to participate!
3:00 p.m. Entertainment on stage
4:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sylvester Park

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


Call for Parade Entries

Deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
– Free to enter. No size limitations –

The parade begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday November 25, 2018.  We encourage and welcome local community groups of all ages and interests to participate.




Sponsorships available ranging from $500 to $5,275. 
Further information contact - Brit Kramer