Where: Klineline Pond and Salmon Creek Park
When: Nov. 22, 5K/10K races begin at 9am
What: Since 2002, Clark County families have met for an early morning run before the big Thanksgiving meal. As popularity of the event grew, these families realized their tradition could serve the hungry in their communities, so they decided to donate 100% of the race proceeds to the Clark County Food Bank. Now, T-shirt purchases and Polar Plunge registration fees generate enough funding to provide tens of thousands of meals for people in the community! Register now online.
Community Tree Lighting
Where: Esther Short Park, Downtown Vancouver
When: Nov. 23, 4-7pm
What: Held annually the day after Thanksgiving, Vancouver lights up the park to kick off the holiday season, complete with live music from children’s choirs. The start of the holiday season is made official with an appearance by the big man himself, Santa Claus. Over in the Hilton, check out the Vancouver Pops Concert and the Vancouver Farmers Market Holiday Market to make the evening complete.
Christmas in the Village
Where: Compass Church, 1812 Main St, Vancouver
When: Nov 24, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
What: Tree Lighting & St. Nicholas Market
Craft vendors, a performance by the Hough Choir, Santa on a Harley, and the beautiful tree lighting by Compass Church.
Other November Events:
Nov. 9: Night Market Vancouver
Nov. 10: 32nd Annual Veteran’s Parade at Fort Vancouver
Nov. 24: Uptown Village Tree Lighting
Christmas at The Fort
Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E 5th St, Vancouver 98661
When: December 8, 10:00am-3:00pm
What: Experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s holiday season at Fort Vancouver. Visitors will be able to view and participate in activities undertaken by residents at the fort during the holiday season. Enjoy wreath making, holiday beverages, caroling, and more. $5 ages 16 years and older, Free ages 15 years and under
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert
Where: Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St, Vancouver 98685
When: Dec. 8, 3pm. Dec. 9, 7pm.
What: VSO presents Holiday Favorites in partnership with Columbia Dance Company. Share in the merriment and cheer through musical celebration, elegant dance, and holiday spirit.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: Steam Winter Finale
Where: Yacolt, WA
When: Dec. 15 & 16
What: Come visit Santa on a special Steam excursion, departing at 12:00 NOON and 2:30 pm. Along the trip capture views of the Lewis River from a hill-side vantage point, then return to Moulton Station. At the station, enjoy warm cider and cocoa, hot coffee and cookies. Santa has a gift for each child. Bring your camera to capture this moment in time.
Other December events:
Dec. 1, 9am-9pm: Ridgefield Hometown Celebration
Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22: Christmas Tea at Pomeroy Farm
Dec. 7, 5pm – 9pm: Camas Hometown Holidays
Dec. 7, 6pm-8pm: Christmas at the Park hosted by Activate Church