Live in the Yakima Valley - Lighting the way


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Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy.  The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.



Lighting the way

Lighting the way

November 26, 2014

Pull out your parka, dig up your mittens and scarves, and mix up a batch of frothy hot cocoa – tis the season for the fabulous lighted parade! Up and down the valley scores of locals line the streets to take in the glittering display of holiday lights twinkling from tractors, to trailers, to even children and pets.  I’ve complied dates and locations with links to parade routes that will keep you and your family busy from now until mid-December. 

November 29, Toppenish:  The parade starts at 6 PM and everyone is encouraged to participate by putting lights on EVERYTHING:  your truck, car, RV, ATV, bike, wagon, horse, dog, child or ‘whatever else you can put lights on!’. 

December 5, Selah:  The parade starts at 6 PM and travels down first street and concludes with a special visitor…

December 6, Sunnyside:  The 26th annual lighted farm implement parade starts at 6:30 PM.  Voted as one of the top ten best in the United States, you do not want to miss out on seeing all the tractors and trailers decked out in holiday lights.

December 7, Yakima:  The parade features cement mixers, fire engines, and other vehicles laden with twinkling lights. 

December 12 & 13:  Yakima Arboretum Luminaria is not a parade, but it is a mile long walk in a wintery landscape lined with over 1,000 glowing lights. 

December 14, Union Gap:  The parade starts at 6 PM and ends with hot cocoa and cookies for all!

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