November 30th, -0001
Dayton is “the town that still believes” and this is never more apparent than during the Christmas Kickoff event. This annual event occurs the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Visitors and attendees can always expect great fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, wine tasting, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and much, much more. This is a true two-day event with fireworks and a lighted parade on Friday night. So, spend the night, but please make lodging reservations early and don’t forget to visit one of our many fine eateries. Please check back on this site as we update venues and information as they are scheduled. For further questions please call us at 509-382-4825
A Special Thanks to our Sponsors!
Best Western Plus
Snapdragon Floral & Gifts
Northwest Farm Credit Service
Free Make and Take Crafts for Kids • Fri, 10 am - 4 pm & Sat, 10 am - Noon • Send the Kids in for some creative fun. • Basement of Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S 3rd St
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” • Fri, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm • Free showing of this inspiring adventure. • Liberty Theater • Sponsored by Dayton Historic Depot
Mule Drawn Hayrides • Fri and Sat, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm weather permitting • Take a ride through Historic Dayton. • Historic Depot, 222 E Commercial • Sponsored by Mule Mania
Cookies on Parade • Fri, 1 pm - 4 pm • Leave your holiday baking to the Friends! The Friends of the Library are selling homemade cookies and homemade candy. • Delany Building at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S 3rd St.
Historic Tours of Boldman House Museum • Fri and Sat, 1 pm - 4 pm • Experience a Victorian Christmas with family recipes, period decorations and live piano music. • Boldman House Museum, 410 N 1st St.
Santa’s House • Fri, 1 pm - 6 pm and Sat, 10 am - Noon , 1:15 pm—3 pm • Good boys and girls are invited to visit Santa, get picture taken with him and visit with some holiday characters. • 242 E Main St
Wine Tasting at Dumas Station • Fri and Sat, 11 am - 5 pm • Stop in at Dumas Station for some wine tasting and buy wine-related gifts for people on your Christmas list. • 36229 Highway 12
Live Nativity • Fri, starting at 4 pm and 5 pm • View a live, dramatic presentation of the birth of Baby Jesus. • Alley Behind Dingle’s of Dayton, 179 E Main St.
Lighted Christmas Parade • Fri, 6 pm • Enjoy the holiday festivities of the Main Street Christmas Lighted Parade. Sponsored by The Times and Snapdragon Floral and Gifts
Tree Lighting Ceremony • Fri, following the Christmas Parade • Follow the parade down to Elk Drug for the tree lighting ceremony and singing of some classic Christmas carols. • Corner of S 1st St and Main St.
Fireworks Display • Fri, following the Tree Lighting Ceremony • Look to the East for an explosion of holiday colors in the sky. • Sponsored by Pacific Power
Home Lighting Contest and Bus Tour • Fri, following fireworks and Sat 7 pm • Tour lighted homes within 2 miles of downtown and vote for the best displays. $1.50 fare/ $1.00 ages 60+. • Departs from Elk Drug Parking lot, corner of S 1st St. and Main St.
“The Christmas Story” Live Performance • Sat, 7 pm • The Touchet Valley Arts Council presents a community production of “A Christmas Story”. www.libertytheater.org • 344 E Main St.
"Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash" • Registration begins at 10 am on Friday. 5k Run starts at 11am. $15 registration fee and get $5 Dayton Dollars BACK when you finish! Presented by the Backroads Club.
Gingerbread House Gallery • Fri, 1 pm - 6 pm and Sat, 10 am - Noon, 1:15 pm - 3 pm Come down to Santa's Workshop to view all of the amazing Gingerbread Houses made by the students from Dayton and Waitsburg schools as well as community members. Vote on your favorite. • 242 E Main St.
Artists Reception - (TBD) • Head in from the cold as you wait for the parade and fireworks with hot drinks, cold punch, cream punch, and fine arts. • Wenaha Gallery, 219 E Main St.
Switchgrass • Fri, 3 pm • Weinhard Hotel, 235 E Main St.
Christmas Sing Along • Fri, following fireworks • Weinhard Hotel, 235 E Main St.
Freddy & Friends • Fri, 9 pm • Woody’s Bar & Grill, 214 E Main St.
Strolling Carolers - Walla Walla Choral Society • Fri, 3 pm - 5 pm • Downtown Dayton • Sponsored by Village Shoppes
Various Artists • Friday 4 - 9 pm, Saturday 11 - 3 • N. 1st St
Christmas Bazaar • Fri, Noon - 6 pm, Sat, 9 am - 5 pm • Enjoy some additional holiday shopping with the vendors at the Christmas Bazaar! • 112 S 1st St
Christmas Market at the Depot • Fri, 10 am - 6 pm and Sat, 10 am - 5 pm • Tour the Museum for free and shop for local art, foods, handcrafted gifts, and goods from local merchants. Also visit the fully stocked gift shop. • Dayton Historic Depot, 222 E Commercial St.
Downtown Shopping • Fri and Sat, All Day • Downtown shops will offer holiday specials. Wander in and find that perfect Christmas present. • Downtown Dayton
Bake Sale • Fri and Sat 11 - 7 • Best Western
Snapdragon Floral and Gift • Fri and Sat • At Snapdragon you will find a huge selection of holiday gifts and décor, gourmet chocolates, fun hats, ornaments and much more. Drop in and get 20% off gifts and décor. • 207 E Main St.