The calendar rolling over into December always signals the start of the holiday season. The Pacific Northwest has everything to offer from extravagant light displays to Santa themed pub crawls. Here is a list of the best holiday events in your region.
Snowflake Lane - You don't get the title "Most Festive Town in America" by The Huffington Post for nothing. If you haven't seen Snowflake Lane holiday parade, now is your chance! From November 24 - December 24, this spectacle invades downtown for a nightly show featuring toy solider drummers, exhilarating music and even snow.
Woodland Park Zoolight - This annual tradition brings alive one of the oldest zoos' in the country with over 600,000 LED lights. You'll get to see some of your favorite nocturnal animals at night and get your picture with Santa.
Bellevue Ice Skating - Re-live your childhood and lace up your skates with the family at the Bellevue ice skating arena. Free lessons, family skate nights and group parties are just some of the nightly events located at Bellevue Ashwood Park.
Kitsap County & Pierce County
Point Defiance Zoolights - Ride a camel, enjoy delicious treats or ride the carousal featuring animal displays such as hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. Bundle up and see masterpiece 3D animal designs.
The Christmas Revel - Bring the family and friends for lively concoction of folk tradition and high art. This Christmas musical features gripping story telling with the regions best singing and dancing with holiday cheer.
Columbia Gorge/Hood River
The Polar Express - Your favorite holiday story comes to life with this once in a lifetime event. Your children get to wear their pajamas and embark on a journal to the North Pole. This train ride features dancing chefs serving cookies and hot cocoa with Christmas carols to get the holiday cheer flowing.
Skamania Lodge - All during the month of December, Skamania Lodge will be holding different holiday events for the entire family. You'll find everything from Gingerbread house building, art showings, holiday themed cocktail hour and more!
Wishes and Candles Holiday Concert - Hosted by the Central Coast Chorale, this year will be hosted at the Yachts Commons. Join them for a celebration of holiday cheer. Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation.
Winter Gala at Sunriver - This annual winter gala promises an elegant evening with fine dining, live entertainment, dancing and networking. A silent auction will be held with all proceeds going to Sunriver Women's Club.
SantaCon - The 4th annual SantaCon will start at Splash Bar or Kells Irish Pub. All proceeds from the event will go to the Portland Police Sunshine Department. The theme this year is "Festival of Lights" so dress up in your favorite holiday gear and help light up the holidays.
Festival of Lights at The Grotto - The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. With nearly 160 holiday concerts, this family oriented holiday tradition is sure to spread holiday cheer in Portland.
Zoo Lights at The Oregon Zoo - It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo's annual winter festival, ZooLights. As you walk around the zoo, you'll see a dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts. Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be availalble for photos each night.
Holiday Ship Parade - For 15 years, the Willamette river has been home to the holiday ship parade. More than 60 boats have signed up this year promising a new twist on a holiday tradition.