Washington December 11, 2019
Olympia Just Might Be Washington’s Most Underrated Christmas Town
The holiday season is officially upon us, meaning it’s time to start enjoying our charming little Christmas towns. So pack your bags, warm up the car, and head to… Olympia. That’s right, our state capital actually has a ton of holiday events on the calendar this year, and they’re all fantastic. If it’s been awhile since you’ve experienced Olympia, this is a wonderful time to go.
Olympia is a delightful place to visit in any season. All you have to do is spend an afternoon checking out the beautiful murals and window shopping to get a feel for the local pride.
However, we must admit that the most wonderful time of the year seems to be the best time to visit.
If you have little ones in your life, bring them to Olympia Oyster House on Saturday from 9 - 11 a.m. for Brunch with Santa.
They'll be hosting brunch for the next two Saturdays, December 14 and December 21.
This unique experience includes a full two hours of entertainment, including photos with Santa your family gets to keep.
$32 per person covers your yummy brunch buffet, something hot to drink, and games and crafts your little ones will love. They'll also get a stocking stuffed with goodies and a special wrapped present from Santa himself.
Don't spend hours waiting in line for a quick chat with Santa -- at this brunch, your children can have plenty of one-on-one time with him, asking him anything their little hearts desire.
This is a perfect holiday tradition to start with your family. Adults get gifts as well, either handmade ornaments or small stockings. Call 360-753-7000 to reserve.
After you've brunched with Santa, make sure to step outside and see the festive holiday decor.
Then come back to Olympia Oyster House for dinner so you can see it all lit up in the dark.
Ice skating, anyone? The beloved Oly on Ice pop-up rink is back at Isthmus Park, and it's as fun as ever.
And if you go, make sure to save your bracelet -- it's good for 25% off at Olympia Oyster House, including your brunch with Santa.
Have you picked out your Christmas tree yet? If not check out Hunter Family Farm or Schilter Family Farm and sip some cider while you find it.
At Schilter Family Farm (pictured here), you can even go shopping for holiday decor, go on hay rides (on weekends) and treat yourself to some fresh cider donuts (also on weekends).
You're welcome to cut your own tree here -- and if you do, the team will deliver it to the barn and shake out all the old needles for you.
However, there's always a great selection of pre-cut trees if you'd rather go that route.
The Nutcracker, an annual local tradition, returns to Ballet Northwest on December 13.
An Olympia holiday favorite for 35 years, the production will be shown until December 22. You'll fall in love with the beautiful sets and dazzling costumes.
Not every local holiday celebration is centered around the children here.
Stop by Dillinger’s Cocktails, Kitchen & Rum Room this season and witness the Miracle Pop-up, complete with kitschy holiday décor, seasonal cocktails, and good old-fashioned holiday cheer. You might also want to catch some comedy at Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which has a festive line-up of shows this month including 'O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy.'
Believe it or not, this isn’t even a complete list of all the holiday fun Olympia has in store before the new year.
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