Holiday Season in Vancouver WA

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As the holiday season starts to get in gear for 2016, Clark County, WA has a lot of stuff to offer in the coming months. Tours, bazaars, and even holiday runs can fill your calendar all the way to the new year.

PERFORMING ARTS
Clark College Jazz Ensemble Concert – Nov. 18
Held in the Gaiser Hall theater at Clark College, the Clark College Jazz Ensemble welcomes the award-winning Skyview High School Jazz Band. This is a free event and will start at 7 p.m. Click here for more information. Link – http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts/

Lantern Tour: An Evening At The Fort – Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Jan. 7
Watch as history unfolds in front of you at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Starting at 7 p.m., the lantern tour visits each building at the site, where life in the 1840s will be shown.
Reservations are now being taken and the cost of the tour is $15 for adult/$10 for children. The tour runs rain or shine, so be sure to check the weather before heading out. Click here for more information. – Link https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/lanterntours201617.htm

Lantern Tour at Ft Vancouver
Lantern Tour at Ft Vancouver photo: ClarkCountyLive.com

FARMERS MARKETS
Vancouver Farmers Market
Harvest Market – Nov. 19
Located at the corner of 8th and Esther Streets, The Harvest Market will be offering high quality local foods just in time for your Thanksgiving meals. The market opens at 9 a.m. the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Click here for more information. – Link http://www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com/markets.php?page=harvest

Holiday Market – Nov. 25-27
The weekend after Thanksgiving will be full of activity at Esther Short Park. Along with the tree lighting and Festival of Trees, the Vancouver Farmers Market will be holding their Holiday market. The event is held in the Hilton Ballroom and will give you a chance to get an early start on your holiday shopping.

HOLIDAY RUNS
Clark County Turkey Trot – Nov. 24
Taking place along the Salmon Creek Trail, the Turkey Trot is held Thanksgiving morning, with all proceeds directly donated to the Clark County Food Bank. There is a 10k run, a 5k run, 5k walk, and even a Polar Bear Plunge! Registration – which includes a racing bib and timing chip – is open until Nov. 20, but even if you don’t register, you can still come down and join the run. Click here for more information. Link – http://turkey-trot.org/

Hot Buttered Run – Nov. 27
Still need to burn off all the food you ate on Thanksgiving? This event offers a Half marathon, 5k walk/run and kids races. Santa will even be on hand after the race! Registration happens the day of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. Click here for more information. – Link http://energyevents.com/hotbutteredrun

TINSEL TIME
Downtown Vancouver Community Tree Lighting – Nov. 25
The day after Thanksgiving, Esther Short Park will be the site of the lighting of the Vancouver Christmas Tree. This free event runs from 4-7 p.m. and, if you pay attention, you might even see Santa! Click here for more information. – Link http://rotaryfestivaloftrees.org/festival-schedule

Festival of Trees – Nov. 25-27
After the Vancouver Tree is lit, head across the street to the Vancouver Hilton for the Festival of Trees. Open for viewing all weekend, several trees from area businesses will be on display along with a family scavenger hunt and Talking Tree. Click here for more information. – Link http://rotaryfestivaloftrees.org/

Uptown Village Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 26
Held at the Compass Church, 1812 Main Street, this free event will run from 5-7 p.m. Click here for more information. – Link https://www.facebook.com/UptownChristmasintheVillage/