First up is the Wenatchee Festival of Trees, Nov. 19-21, an annual event featuring holiday trees elaborately decorated by local volunteers and companies. Each tree has a different theme and holiday style. Following the showcase, each tree is sold at auction with proceeds benefitting the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. The event also offers live entertainment, photos with Santa Claus and a gala dinner and auction.
Nov. 27 brings the Lighted Horseman Parade in downtown Toppenish, a unique version of a classic holiday tradition. Toppenish was named one of the 20 Best Places to Live the West in 2009 by American Cowboy Magazine, which explains why this parade is equestrian-only. The parade finishes at the Railroad Museum, kicking off the annual Toy Train Christmas.
The Lighted Farm Implement Parade takes place on Dec. 4 in Sunnyside. Named one of the top ten lighted Christmas parades in America by A&E Television Network, it features dazzling displays of more than 50 farm implements, vehicles and floats covered with decorative lights. It pays tribute to the agricultural heritage of the area by featuring scenes from the heartland of the Northwest.
On the evenings of Dec. 10-11, the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade presents all kinds of elaborately decorated vessels floating along the Columbia River. The boats start at Clover Island in downtown Kennewick and travel toward Richland, turning around at Howard Amon Park and heading back along the Pasco shoreline.