As the holidays draw closer the list of holiday activities grows longer. Here are some ways to celebrate with various events around the region happening Friday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14:In Asotin …
Asotin’s Old Fashioned Christmas Treasures and Trees Craft Fair will feature crafts, antiques and collectibles. There will be a lighted Christmas parade at 5 p.m. and the craft fair will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Saturday at the Asotin County Fair Bennett Building. The cost is free. There will also be hot chocolate, coffee and popcorn on sale along with Christmas caroling and horse drawn sleigh rides. Breakfast and lunch items will also be served.
In Pullman and Clarkston …
The Washington Idaho Symphony will present Handel’s “Messiah” in two live concert performances featuring the Mid-Columbia MasterSingers. One performance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones Theatre in Daggy Hall at Washington State University. The next will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Clarkston High School. Tickets are $25 for adult general admission, $15 for students 13 and older with valid ID, free for WSU and University of Idaho students with valid ID and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at ticketswest.com or (800) 325-SEAT (1328) and all Ticketswest outlets, including Beasley Coliseum and the Lewiston Rosauers.
In Pullman …
The traditional Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker,” will be performed by the Eugene Ballet. The ballet will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. It features more than 50 dancers, lavish costumes and sets and music by Tchaikovsky. Students from the Festival Dance Academy of Moscow will also be seen in the production. Tickets are $14 to $30 through the Festival Dance Office, Beasley Coliseum and ticketswest.com.
A Youth Christmas Party for children 12 years and younger will feature bowling. It runs from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday at Zeppoz Family Fun Center, 780 S.E. Bishop Blvd. Each participant will receive two games of bowling and a Christmas present. The youth will bowl with bowlers from the Palouse Regional U.S. Bowling Congress Bowling Association with a chance to win a Christmas Bicycle. The cost is free.
The Live Drive-Thru Nativity allows for interaction with characters and travel through the set. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Living Faith Fellowship, 1035 S. Grand Ave. Participants will be able to interact with more than 50 characters, including the wise men, Roman soldiers, an angel choir and others. The event is free.
In Moscow …
Listen to some old and new Christmas tunes at a Jazz Choirs Holiday concert with holiday and seasonal music from around the world. It goes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Kibbie Dome on the UI campus. Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the UI. The concert features the UI jazz choirs and regional elementary, junior high and high school choir members along with the Alpine Carillons, the Holiday String Orchestra and Jazz Band IV.
Celebrating the holidays the old-fashioned way, the Latah County Historical Society is having a Victorian Christmas. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the McConnell Mansion, 110 S. Adams St. There will be food, kid’s crafts and music by the Palouse Choral Society. The event is free.
“The Santaland Diaries” is a comedy written by National Public Radio’s David Sedaris and stars Crumpet, who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday with performances also at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.Kenworthy.org, BookPeople of Moscow or at the door.
The Latah Railway will have its model trains running as Santa makes his visit to the Latah Railway Open House. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Latah County Fairgrounds. Toy trains will be operating and have a special viewing ramp along with participation for children. There are photos and historic displays as well. The even is free.
In Lewiston …
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will perform a Christmas music concert “Hosana to our Lord.” The performance will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Ninth and Preston in Lewiston. Admission is free.