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Parades, celebrations mark start of holiday season

MOSES LAKE – The first two weeks of December will be filled with parades, visits to Santa, tree lighting – lots of lights pretty much everywhere – as local communities celebrate the season.

The annual Ag Appreciation Parade will roll down Third Avenue in Moses Lake on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. The parade is preceded by a street festival beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Sinkiuse Square at the intersection of Third and Ash Streets.

Sponsored by the Downtown Moses Lake Association, the agricultural parade is a way to recognize one of the community’s most important industries, according to the DMLA.

The Ag Appreciation Parade is partly a farm equipment parade, and since it gets dark well before 7pm in December, it’s also a lights parade. Tractors, trucks, combines, fire engines, vehicles large and small, and even the floats are adorned with lights.

The street festival features hot cocoa and music, among other things.

Othello will also be hosting a parade as part of the events planned for A Christmas Miracle on Main Street on December 3rd. Events begin at 10 am and last throughout the day, culminating with the downtown parade, lighting of the community Christmas tree, and fireworks.

It is sponsored by the Christmas Miracle on Main Street Committee.

Mattawa children—and adults, too, if they choose—can talk to Santa and the Missus and take photos with them on December 9 as part of the Park’s Christmas Celebration organized by Mattawa Community Medical Clinic and the Columbia Basin Health Association do them. Events begin at 6 p.m. at Hund Memorial Park, 101 Government Road.

Along with Santa’s visit there are games for children, information stands sponsored by local agencies and a pinata all ready for children to try their luck. The evening also features an illuminated parade through downtown and the city’s Christmas tree lighting around 8 p.m. Individuals who wish to participate in the parade but have not received an entry form may contact Mattawa City Hall, 509-932-4037, for more information.

Ephrata is changing its downtown Christmas celebrations; The first Bells on Basin is scheduled for December 10th.

It’s sponsored by the Ephrata Chamber of Commerce, and Director Rita Witte said members wanted to mix it up a bit.

“We’re trying to build it,” Witte said of Bells on Basin. It includes a window dressing contest for downtown shops, with winners announced on December 10th.

“We hope that they will decorate and brighten the city. I hope to see that,” said Witte.

Events will include a mix of the new and the traditional, beginning with Breakfast with Santa and the Jingle Bell Fun Run. New events include wreath decorating and a children’s passing game. The day ends with the community Christmas tree lighting at approximately 4:45pm, followed by the parade at 5:00pm

Grant County Fire District 3 will be chauffeuring a certain jolly old elf around Quincy and George for the week of December 12th-16th. The Christmas parade starts at 5pm each night and Santa will be escorted through a different part of town each night by GCFD 3. The parade will pass through Quincy Monday through Thursday this week and visit George on Friday.

Fire District Lt. Michele Talley said she came up with the idea during the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of most community activities in 2020.

“Let’s bring Santa Claus to church,” Talley said.

Quincy residents turn out to watch and wave at Santa, she said.

“When you’re done, your heart is just full,” she said.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at [email protected]





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