Nothing is cozier than a winter in wine country. Don’t miss these three major lighted events, including the Sunnyside Festival of Trees on December 1. Head to 1521 S. 1st Street from 6-9 p.m. to support a local cancer charity at the lit-up Sunnyside Community Center. Enjoy decorated trees, appetizers and live music. There’s also the Kids Lighted Christmas Parade on the 1st at 6:30 p.m., located on South 6th in Sunnyside, with lit battery-powered wagons and cars.

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade in downtown on December 2 has been one of the most popular parades in the area since 1989. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with over 50 lit farm machines. It’s voted one of the top lit parades in the U.S., so grab a mug of hot cocoa and don’t miss out on this annual gathering.

Season’s Greetings

Christmas Trees on the Farm, located on Billy’s Berry Farm, takes place Thanksgiving through December 9. Head to 3647 N. County Line in Grandview and see which of the decked-out trees is the most impressive. Ornaments, gifts, decorations and a hayride carol with a vanilla sugar doughnut is a family tradition for many.

The Santa Claus Trolley on S. 3rd and Pine Street, in downtown Yakima, can’t be missed. It takes place the first two weekends of December and features Santa traveling by trolley instead of train. Hop on for a trolley spin of your own and tell Santa what’s on your wish list.

Guests need to stay awhile at this extended stay hotel in Yakima in order to take advantage of all the bucket list items around. For starters, the Tacoma Dome is the Pacific Northwest’s most popular event venue featuring world-class performances year-round It’s also Wine Country, so scheduling a tasting and vineyard tour is a must. Mt. Rainier offers fantastic winter recreational opportunities, but also features events and outings during any season.

Head to Johnson’s Orchards, a quaint and historic farm that offers hay rides, pick-your-own produce, and holiday festivities depending on the month. The Yakima Valley Museum is a fantastic family-friendly destination.  Ride a horse along the Cowiche County Trail, which offers family-targeted trail rides, winery tours, and custom rides.


The Great Northwest

Just a short drive from Seattle, many Yakima travelers take a day trip (or two) to the biggest city in Washington. The Apple Tree Golf Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the gorgeous Northwest and work on your swing. At the Bale Breaker Brewing Company, take a tour, enjoy a pint, and discover one of the region’s best craft beers.

The Yakima Sportsman State Park is just one option for hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Otherwise, head to the Majestic Theater for an old fashioned cinema experience. Grab your pen and start ticking off those bucket list items today!


ShoppingNeed a little bit of retail therapy? We have plenty of options for you. With retailers offering a variety of sporting goods to clothing and household goods, you are sure to find something you can’t live without. If not, you get the pleasure of window shopping and seeing all of the unique items the Yakima Valley has in store.

With dozens of specialty shops, Yakima caters to the home furnisher or arts & crafts fanatics. Both The Boot Ranch and Precision Fruit & Antiques are known for their collection of antiques. Precision Fruit & Antiques has over 5000 square feet of treasures to explore not to mention the jams, jellies  and fruit butters.

If you are looking for gift shops or something small for that special someone (aka yourself) head over to Garden Dance, Cobblestones Gifts and Antiques, Fiddlesticks or Shopkeeper, Ltd. All of these specialty shops are guaranteed to please. These boutiques have an intimate and unique feel and to top it off, friendly staff to assist you. Garden Dance has clothing in unique styles that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you feel the need for a larger mall, Westpark Shopping Center is just down the road. Or head over to Union Gap and check out Valley Mall, complete with Macy’s, American Eagle Outfitters, Kohl’s and more.