Christmas Kickoff Nov. 25 & 26

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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! 

Pacific Power

Weinhard Cafe

Mule Mania

Best Western Plus

Dayton Mercantile

The Times

Snapdragon Floral & Gifts

Banner Bank

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”.  •  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.

Art Shows

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.

Live Music

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.