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T’is the Season in Washington: 5 Tempting Olympia Events This December

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The holiday season may be the busiest and most stressful time of the year, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the wonderful festivities and merriment across Olympia!

Whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift or looking to get into the holiday spirit, check out these great Olympia events you don’t want to miss. 

1. Visit Olympia’s Two Biggest Christmas Tree Farms

Don’t have a tree yet? No problem! Add these two stops to your Olympia events calendar.

Visit one of Olympia’s two biggest Christmas tree farms, Schilter Family Farm and Hunter Farms, to pick out the perfect tree. Both farms are locally-owned and operated, so you can feel good about your purchase.

What’s more, each farm offers more than mere Christmas trees. Families can make an evening of their farm trip and enjoy hayrides, visits with Santa, holiday shops, and more.

Schilter Family Farm currently operates from 9 A.M. until dusk each day. Meanwhile, Hunter Farms is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.

2. Build-Your-Own Gingerbread House

Celebrate the season’s most treasured treat and create your own gingerbread house at the Buckley Library! The event takes place on Friday, Dec. 8 from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. and runs on a first come, first served basis.

Entry is completely free, and each family can decorate up to two gingerbread houses.

3. Oly on Ice

Ice skating may be a winter tradition, but few rinks are better than Olympia’s first seasonal skating rink Oly on Ice.

The price of general admission is $12, though discounts are available for toddlers, kids up to 10, and groups. Those looking to stuff their wallets as well as their stockings this season can even visit on Cheap Skate Night to enjoy $8 rentals.

Best of all, the fun doesn’t have to stop during the holidays themselves. Oly on Ice is open every day until January 6, including Christmas and New Year’s Day.

4. The Twinklefest Competition

It’s once again time for one of our favorite Olympia, WA events: the annual storefront decorating competition Twinklefest. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

But this fun, free event is so much more than a chance to see how creative Olympia’s own can be. It’s also a great opportunity to explore Olympia’s beautiful downtown area.

Check out the finest local restaurants and enjoy great local shops.

5. The Polar Express

Run by the Mountain Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum, The Polar Express brings the magic of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time to life.

Grab your kids-or just feel like a kid yourself-and hop aboard this exciting train.

Aside from seeing the sights, passengers can enjoy onboard refreshments like cookies and hot chocolate as well as entertainment.

Check Out These Olympia Events for a Happy Holiday Season

The the new year fast approaching, it’s time to make the most of 2018’s final month. This list of fun Olympia events has something for everyone, whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart.

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