Whether you’re looking for Santa, a cup of hot chocolate, carolers or fireworks there’s an event for you taking place in the region this weekend.
FESTIVALS AND PARADES
Today – Winterfest, Colfax
What to expect: Santa photos, fireworks, a parade with lit up farm equipment, live music
From 3-6 p.m. Santa will be at The Center, 110 S. Main St., to visit with youngsters. Photos will be available. He’ll depart on a fire engine in the lighted Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Mill, Canyon and Main streets. After the parade ends in fireworks, Ukulele Players of the Palouse will perform festive tunes at The Center where there will be a Festival of Trees. The Center and many businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tonight – Light Up the Night, Moscow
What to expect: Lights and Santa
Santa will visit for the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. downtown on Main Street and coincides with Moscow’s First Thursday Artwalk events around town.
Friday – Bundle Up Downtown, Lewiston
What to expect: Carolers, hot beverages, live music
From 4-8 p.m. the Inland Harmony Chorus and Sweet Adelines will stroll along Main Street visiting businesses and caroling. People are welcome to join in. The Brackenbury Bundle-Up Benefit is from 4-10 p.m. in Brackenbury Square. Lewiston High School Safe & Sober Graduation will serve holiday snacks, hot cocoa, hot cider. There will be live music and a photo booth. Throughout the night people will be invited to vote for their favorite window dressing display in the second annual Vintage Downtown Lewiston competition. The holiday event coincides with First Friday art activities. The Fourth Wall, Brava’s & Brocks, As You Like it Cakes, LCSC Center for Arts & History, Blue Lantern Coffee House, and Season’s Wine Bar will be open with special events, wine tastings and samples.
Friday – Old Fashioned Light Parade, Orofino
What to expect: Lights, Santa photos, kid’s crafts
The Candy Cane Lane-themed parade begins at 6 p.m. on Michigan Avenue. Santa will visit the gazebo at the Orofino City Park at 6:30 pm. for pictures. The city park Lighting Ceremony is at 7 p.m. with the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Guard. Activities at the park include crafts for kids.
Saturday – Breakfast with Santa, Clarkston
What to expect: Food and photos with Santa, activities
The second annual Breakfast with Santa is from 8-11 a.m. at Grantham Elementary Gym, 1253 Poplar St. Tickets are $5 each for pancakes, sausage, eggs and a beverage. There will be Christmas activities for all ages. Photos with Santa are $3 printed or emailed. Tickets are available at the door or at the Grantham Elementary Office.
Saturday – Clarkston Lighted Christmas Parade
What to expect: Dozens of elaborate lighted floats
The 29th annual parade starts at 4:30 p.m. downtown. This year’s theme is “Christmas Night Under the Lights.”
Saturday – Winter Spirit – Cookies with Santa, Lewiston
What to expect: One on one time with Santa
From 5-8 p.m. Santa will be at Locomotive Park in Lewiston for the fifth annual “Cookies with Santa.” He’ll sit by the fireplace and visit with children surrounded by one of the most elaborate light displays in the state.
Saturday – Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Pullman
What to expect: Kid’s fun run, live entertainment, Santa, activities, free cocoa and cookies
Holiday Fest is from 4-6 p.m. downtown. The annual Kid’s Jingle Bell Fun Run is open for late registration at 3:30 at the YMCA of the Palouse before it starts at 4. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 4:10 p.m. at the Pine Street Plaza. Santa arrives at 5 p.m. to visit with children. Local choirs and other groups will perform and Washington State University students will provide activities for children. The party continues at 6 p.m. with a marshmallow roast at Paradise Creek Brewery.