A little night music, some caroling and hot chocolate are all you need to kick-start some holiday spirit.
And many areas around the Mid-Columbia are planning Christmas cheer starting the day after Thanksgiving.
There's Dayton's Christmas magic celebration, a Mid-Columbia Symphony holiday concert, the Tri-Cities' annual Lighted Boat Parade, the Festival of Trees, Lighted Farm Implement Parade and the annual Messiah performance, just to name a few.
Here's a look at what's coming up:
Dayton events kick off Nov. 25-26 with festivities centered in the historic downtown area.
There will be arts and craft booths, music, a visit from Santa and other festivities throughout the day. There is no admission fee.
Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick includes breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m. and Young Life Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26, the Mid-Columbia Symphony Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 27, the Winter Concert by McLoughlin Middle School at 7 p.m., and the fundraising gala starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. For more information, call the convention center at 735-9400.
Toy Train Christmas festivities begin Nov. 26 and continue Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for kids. There will be a full range of operating electric trains on exhibit.
Hermiston's magical Festival of Lights kicks off with a parade at 6 p.m. at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds in Hermiston. The festival runs every Friday through Sunday through Dec. 23. Hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.umatillaoregonchamber.org.
Winter Wonderland Week at John Dam Plaza in Richland starts Dec. 2 with caroling and includes kids' craft events at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 1 p.m. Dec. 6. For more information on other events throughout the week, go to www.richlandparksandrec.com or call 942-7529.
Festival of Lights is Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18 in Leavenworth, which is west of Wenatchee. For more information, go to www.leavenworth.org.
The Oratorio Chorus of Central United Protestant Church in Richland will perform its final Messiah concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at the church, 1124 Stevens Drive. Admission is $10 for adults. Kids 18 and younger are free.
Farm Implement Parade
The popular Christmas Farm Implement Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Sunnyside.
The parade route starts on Warehouse Avenue and proceeds to Sixth Street, then heads south to Edison Avenue. At Edison, the parade turns east until it reaches its end at the Mid-Valley Mall parking lot.
Walla Walla parade
Macy's Parade of Lights happens Dec. 3 in downtown Walla Walla, and Santa visits the Inland Octopus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.
Benton City's holiday Winterfest is Dec. 3 and includes a Wii video game tournament, lighted parade through downtown starting at 5 p.m., musical entertainment, activities for kids and more. For more information, call Heather Duncan at 948-4170.
Lighted boat parade
The annual Tri-Cities Christmas Boat Parade is Dec. 9-10. About 30 boats will be decked out in festive lights and holiday animation.
The boats will leave the Clover Island Yacht Club in Kennewick about 6 p.m. each night and make a leisurely trip to Howard Amon Park in Richland and back.
Any captain and crew of their own boats can take part in the parade by signing up at the skipper's meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the yacht club on Clover Island. For more information, call Larry Kuga at 734-9599.
It will take the floating parade about 90 minutes to reach Howard Amon Park. Before the fleet arrives, the Columbia River Chordsmen will perform a concert of harmonious caroling at 6 p.m. at the Richland Community Center.
Museum open house
A Holiday Open House is from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Franklin County Historical Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco.
The museum will be decked out in its finest holiday attire, and there will be a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as caroling and refreshments. Admission is free.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org