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Best WA Weekend Road Trips December 16 – 18

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Head out of town for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy the final weekend of the season in Leavenworth, on a Santa Train or at one of Western Washington’s beautiful resorts!

Christmas Lighting Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 16, 17 and 18
Downtown Leavenworth, WA
http://www.leavenworth.org

It’s the last weekend for Leavenworth’s Tree lighting, Christmas characters and Christmas music this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

La Pastorela
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 16, 17 and 18
The Seasons Performance Hall
101 N. Naches Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901
509.453.1888
http://www.visityakima.com

Yakima’s bi-lingual Christmas Pageant is a new Christmas tradition. The Christmas story is theatrically retold by a group of community actors with the help of a director from New York. Call for tickets.

Polar Express
1101 Southwest Sylvenus Street
Chehalis, WA 98532
360.748.9593
http://www.steamtrainride.com

Take one last magical trip Friday – Sunday. The classic holiday favorite book and movie comes to life as you and your family take a 1.5 hour ride to the North Pole. “All Aboard” says the conductor, as your train ride begins. Families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with a reading of The Polar Express book and hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Dress warmly! There’s no on-board heat!

Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and visit everyone and each child will receive the “First Gift of Christmas”, just like in the story. Sing Christmas carols as you return to the depot. Wear your pajamas and bring your camera! Departure times are Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 4:30pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 4:30pm. Tickets are $25/adults; $15/Children 3 – 16.

Rosario Resort Festival of Trees
Orcas Island
1400 Rosario Drive
Eastsound, WA 98245
360.376.2222
http://www.rosarioresort.com

Throughout December come to enjoy a FREE festive display of holiday trees in the Moran Mansion. Decorated by local island non-profits, the purchase of $1 “favorite tree” voting tickets will help raise much needed funds for each organization. All voter tickets will also be entered into a raffle to win two round-trip tickets from Orcas Island to Seattle on Kenmore Air, two night’s stay at Rosario Resort, dinner for two at The Mansion Restaurant, or a two-month spa pass.

Toy Train Christmas
Saturday and Sunday
December 17 and 18
Northern Pacific Railway Museum
10 South Asotin Avenue
Toppenish, WA 98948
509.865.1911
http://www.nprymuseum.org

It’s the last weekend of the season for a caboose ride to bring your kids to the “North Pole” to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and marvel at 25 model trains of varying scales.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Saturday and Sunday
December 17 and 18
8:00am – 12:00pm
Inn at Suncadia
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
509.649.6400
http://www.suncadiaresort.com

A festive and traditional breakfast with the Man in Red and his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus. Call for reservations. Want to stay overnight? Santa is offering a chance for your child to be tucked in by an Elf. The Elves will come bearing gifts for your child(ren) and will even read them a story. Call Suncadia Resort for reservations.

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