All the wonderment and charm of an Old Fashioned Christmas will be on full display during the annual Christmas Kickoff in Downtown Dayton, Washington, November 23 and 24th, 2018. Main Street comes alive with an abundance of seasonal festivities reminiscent of a traditional small town Christmas.
The merriment begins on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving at 9 am as the shops open with holiday specials and a myriad of events commence that prove Dayton is truly “The Town That Still Believes.”
Most of the two days are packed with events for the family. The mule drawn hay rides are a trip back to yesteryear, departing from the Historic Train Depot from 12:30 to 3:30 each day.
Main Street comes aglow on Friday night during the Lighted Parade. Businesses and community groups gloriously decorate floats, cars, tractors, and even adorn animals with a bevy of colorful and twinkling holiday lights. The parade begins at 6 pm and is promptly followed by the Fireworks Show where folks can marvel at the wonderful array of colors as they rain down on Main Street.
Not to be missed is Santa’s Workshop and the Live Nativity Scene. Good boys and girls are invited to sit with Santa, give him their wish and get their picture taken with ole Saint Nick. He’ll be receiving visitors on Friday and Saturday from 11 to 5. The Nativity Scene includes characters in full costume and the arrival of the three wise men, escorted by a real camel. This is truly a unique experience. Many homes in the Dayton area are spectacularly decorated with Christmas lights, and they are yours to behold on the Lighted Home Tour, which departs from Elk Drug on Friday following the fireworks, and on Saturday at 7 pm.
Throughout the two days of Christmas Kickoff, all of the shops in downtown will be open with plenty of holiday specials and adorned in Christmas decorations. The restaurants will be ready to satisfy your hunger with wonderful Christmas choices added to the menu. The community of Dayton invites you to enjoy all the charms of an Old Fashioned Christmas at the annual Christmas Kickoff.
For more information, contact the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at 509-382-4825.