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Kick-off Your Holiday Season Downtown!

Our weekend lineup includes Get Outside Friday, Small Business Saturday and Downtown for the Holidays Sunday!

Have family visiting from out of town, or are you just looking for some activities to fill the holiday weekend? Kick-off the holidays by coming downtown and exploring all the activities Oly has to offer. Enough is happening to book your weekend solid! Come downtown and celebrate with us!


Friday, November 29 - Get Outside

Get up and ‘at em after a long Thanksgiving day! Stop by Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters for a cup of joe to fuel up for your day downtown! Opt Outside post-Thanksgiving by taking a stroll around Capitol Lake. Need a fun family activity or need to work off some Thanksgiving pie? Cross the street and lace up your ice skates at Oly on Ice! They are back for the season and open on Friday from 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m. Make sure you allow enough time to look at the holiday lights that are popping up all over town.

Stop in at a downtown restaurant for lunch or dinner.

If you still have energy, continue your walk downtown checking out the fabulous artwork of the city’s unique and colorful murals along the way!

You can view a map to the murals downtown here.

Saturday, November 30 - Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, November 30, many are joining what has become an annual tradition in cities across the United States known as Small Business Saturday.  

Just as the movement to eat locally produced, seasonal food has helped us discover just how tasty fresh vegetables are, the shop local movement has us pleasantly surprised as well.

We’ve discovered the pleasure of talking to shop owners about where they source their products, why the quality of their goods are often superior to those mass-produced, and to receive great shopping tips as well.

American Express started the Small Business Saturday movement to encourage people to purposefully spend their dollars at local merchants, supporting their home-grown economy, making their hometowns a better place. In recent years, support for the movement generated an estimated $14.3 billion nationally at independent businesses on #SmallBizSaturday. 

So, head downtown Olympia on Small Business Saturday and rediscover the vibrant offerings along our downtown streets.

Sunday, December 1 is ‘Downtown for the Holidays’

Busy elves throughout Olympia are preparing for the Annual ‘Downtown for the Holidays,’ which will take place the Sunday after Thanksgiving, December 1, 2019.

What’s on the calendar this year?

10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Oly on Ice is back and will be open all day!

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides and hot chocolate at Sylvester Park

1:00 WSECU Jingle Bell Parade—New Time, Same Route! The route begins at Capitol Lake and ends at Sylvester Park. The best viewing is on the corner of 5th and Capital to hear commentary by parade emcee Mixx96.1 personality Ty Flint.

1:15 p.m., Alleluia! Handbell Ensemble at Batdorf & Bronson, 516 Capitol Way S, Olympia

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Sylvester Park. A photographer will provide photos for purchase by request, but not a pre-requisite to slip Santa your wish list.

3:45 p.m. Apple Tree Productions performance at Sylvester Park

4:00 p.m. Tree Lighting at Sylvester Park, with Live Music from Olympia High School Chamber Choir

WHAT: Downtown for the Holidays
WHEN: Sunday, December 1, 2019. Activities run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHO: Produced by Olympia Downtown Alliance
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Brit Kramer, the Event Partner at (360) 481-5010 or For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or
SPONSORED BY: WSECU, Acme Fuel, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters and Mixx 96.1

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