Downtown for the Holidays


Holiday Tree

The Olympia Downtown Association produces a downtown extravaganza each year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in downtown Olympia to kick off the holiday season. This event is brought to you through the generous donations of downtown businesses, sponsors, membership dues and volunteers.


Downtown for the Holidays is a day filled with fun and entertainment. Most activities are centered in and about Sylvester Park. Brought to you by the Olympia Downtown Association through donations from downtown businesses, sponsors and individuals. Sponsored by the
Parking Business Improvement Area (PBIA). Bring your family & enjoy the day!


Noon to 2:20 pm
FREE Electric trolley rides – Washington Street & Legion Way
FREE Horse-drawn wagon rides – Washington Street & Legion Way

Noon to 3 pm
Gingerbread Village, viewing – Washington Center

Noon to 5 pm
Photos with Santa, Dinea de Photo – Olympian Hotel Lobby
(with break for parade)

1:15 pm to 2:45 pm
First Christian Church Bell Chime Choir – Olympian Hotel Balcony

3 pm
Holiday Parade – On Capitol Way from Olympia Farmers Market to Sylvester Park

4 pm
Olympia Highlanders Pipes & Drums Band – Sylvester Park gazebo

4:15 pm
Derik Nelson – Local, Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Glee cast member – Sylvester Park gazebo

4:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Sylvester Park

Interested in being in the Holiday Parade? Download the application here!

If you would like to volunteer for this committee or event, please click on and I’ll add your name to our great volunteer list. You may also use that email address for more information. Thank you!

Are you interested in volunteering for the ODA? Click here to view our volunteer opportunities.