The Holidays in Central Washington! November Events.
Posted by Amanda Schauer | Monday, October 29, 2018
The holiday season is quickly approaching and people all around Central Washington are looking for the best holiday bazaars, upcoming holiday events, and general holiday cheer. Never fear, we have gathered all of the holiday events happening this holiday season!
This event, hosted by the Central Washington University Outdoor Pursuits and Rental, takes students ad guests on a hike into the sunset. The price for non-students is $10 and the event is occurring from 4pm through 7pm. For more information about this event, please contact the CWU OPR.
Hometown Holidays Events
November 1st - 30th
The Ellensburg Downtown Association has put together a calendar of events for November. These events include the annual Veterans Day Parade and lunch, a indoor Holiday Market, and the Ellensburg Floral holiday sip and shop. There are events going on throughout Kittitas County. For more information about these events, please see the Ellensburg Downtown Association website.
Iron Horse Brewery Tour
Come visit the famous Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg. For only $10, guests get a tour of the brewery, a custom glass, a beer sampler coupon for the pub, and a sample of beer. For more information about this event, see the Iron Horse Brewery website.
The national event celebrated every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving is a way to encourage shoppers to support their local businesses. Many of the shops in Downtown Ellensburg are participating in this event. Customers are encouraged to wear plaid to celebrate the creativity and diversity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is a small town alternative to the Black Friday of big box stores. Exclusive deals or discounts can be found at participating businesses.
Cookie Scavenger Hunt
This fun family-friendly event is held on the same day as Plaid Friday where children and families can explore downtown Ellensburg while collecting a variety of candies and decorations to create their own, individual, holiday cookie. The scavenger hunt begins at 2pm at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of 4th Avenue and Pearl Street. For more information about this event, visit the Ellensburg Downtown Association website.
This unique and quirky event is hosted by the Ellensburg Downtown Association and MyEllensburg.com. The second annual snowball drop is a man-made blizzard that includes discounts, gifts, and give-aways. The snow is actually ping pong balls that each has a special from a local store. This free family event takes place at noon on Saturday, November 26th outside the rotary pavision on North Pearl Street in Downtown Ellensburg. For more information about this event, visit MyEllensburg.com.
CWU Ware Fair
November 29th - December 1st
The 43rd annual ware fair is held in the Central Washington University SURC. This arts and crafts festival brings vendors from all across the Pacific Northwest for three days of shopping, music, samples, and more. For more information about this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find this event on Facebook.
Suncadia's Winterfest brings a winter wonderland to Cle Elum with special events and activities going on until Christmas. Here are some of our favorite Winterfest events happening in November and December. For more information about any of these events, visit the Suncadia website.
Running of the Elk 5K Walk/ Run
Each runner will be given a pair of antlers to begin the race. Runners will have an opportunity to complete their outfit throughout the run with a red nose and a bell. Upon completion, each participant will receive a warm beverage. Check-in begins at 9am. The race starts at 10am. The price for this race if you register online is $30 per person. If you register the day of the race, it's $35 per person.
Tree Lighting Celebration
The community tree in Dawson Park will be lit at 6pm. Guests can enjoy live holiday music, Christmas carols, holiday cookies, and... shhhh! We heard that Santa is supposed to make an appearance.
November 23rd through 24th
Guests can get their holiday shopping done early at the Holiday Bazaar in the Rialto and Owens Ballroom.
Gingerbread House Making
Every Weekend until Christmas, starting November 24th
Children and adults alike can decorate their perfect gingerbread houses! Suncadia will provide a pre-formed gingerbread house, decorations, and inspiration. Houses are $39 each and additional decorating kits are $8 each.
December 26th through 30th
Guests can make a dream catcher, snowflake, or holiday cookies. There are so many crafts available for guests to enjoy while having warm conversation with other guests. Also, there's a bottomless cocoa bar!
Christmas in Cle Elum
Gather with locals and visitors alike in downtown Cle Elum for tea with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, a parade of lights, and so much more!
Vacation Rental 365
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