Even for those bah humbug types who complain about Christmas songs long before the holiday, it’s hard to keep a straight face at the Santa Parade.
Jolly Saint Nick’s vacation wrapped up this week, and he’s making a few stops in Lewis County this weekend before he heads up north.
The Chronicle’s community calendar lists 16 events taking place this Saturday, Dec. 4, and the truly ambitious may hit them all. For those just trying to visit the big community events, this is the list.
How Mr. Claus has the time to make it to each of these events — including ones where times overlap — may always remain a mystery. Furthermore, he won’t be skipping out on any of these appointments. At one, he’s bringing all his reindeer. At another, Santa will ride a parade float. Kids can even have breakfast with him or watch him arrive in Adna by helicopter.
Believe it or not, Santa may even be around for some events the following weekend, too. Keep an eye on the community calendar for more.
Downtown Centralia Christmas Celebrations
Dec. 3 and 4 on Magnolia Street; Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Friday, the Holiday Makers Market will be at the Lewis & Clark Hotel, 117 W. Magnolia St., Centralia. On Saturday, the market runs all day. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and their reindeer from noon to 3 p.m. Hay rides available on Magnolia Street from noon to 4 p.m. The Grinch is also set to make an appearance. Find more information on Facebook at "Centralia Downtown Festivals Association."
Breakfast With Santa
Dec. 4 at Moose Family Center, 1400 Grand Ave., Centralia; 8 to 11 a.m.
Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and hot chocolate will be served at this fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Santa will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Suggested donation for adults is $7, children ages 4 through 12, $4. Free for kids under 3. Wreaths for sale by Lewis County Work Opportunities. Bring your own camera.
Dec. 4 in downtown Chehalis; 11 a.m.
The theme for this year’s parade is Peace on Earth. Space is still available for entries at $20. Register online at ChamberWay.com or call 360-748-8885.
Adna Store Celebration
Dec. 4 at the Adna Grocery Store; 12 to 3 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will fly in by helicopter, weather-permitting, and land by the coffee shop across from the Adna store.
Santa is then expected to mill about the neighborhood before he and Mrs. Claus enter the store for photo opportunities and free gifts.
Packwood Christmas Celebrations
Dec. 4 at the Packwood Fire Department, 12953 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood; 12 to 7 p.m.
From noon to 3 p.m., cruise through the park on Holiday Lane to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves at work in “Santa’s Toy Shop.”
Then, the Packwood Fire Department will hold its annual free spaghetti dinner followed by pinatas and fun before the tree lighting ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Caroling will begin at the Packwood Community Hall at 6:30 p.m.