Hometown Holiday Festival: Celebrate the Season in Downtown Arlington
The festive season has arrived – it’s time for the whole community and visitors to come together for a little Christmas cheer.
The City of Arlington invites you to come join in on all the winter fun and festivities at the Arlington Hometown Holiday Festival this winter!
“People are very excited about this year’s festival,” said Sarah Lopez of the City of Arlington. “With everything we have planned, this promises to be an even bigger and brighter event than last year!”
With a wide variety of family-friendly events and attractions taking place over the next few months, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Kick off the holidays
The festival begins with the holiday kick-off and small shopping event on Olympic Avenue on Saturday, November 26 from 4-7 p.m.
“We’re going to close Olympic Avenue so people can walk around and shop,” Lopez says. “We will also have a special Holiday Farmers Market with 40 vendors, a Tree Lighting Spectacular at Legion Park at 5pm, featuring an evergreen tree with 4,000 lights.”
Other launch festivities include:
• Lighted vehicles on display and lights in the park
• fire pits, marshmallows and falling snow
• Complimentary hot cocoa and cider with Stilly Diner
• AHS choirs on stage and AHS drummers
• Olaf, Mrs. Claus and the Minions
• a holiday fire truck and Arlington Police
• Festival of Trees walk and raffle
• Craft Bazaar at Arlington Highway
• Holiday Charm Walk
Santa Claus Parade
On Saturday, December 3, head to Olympic Avenue for the Santa Claus Parade at noon, then visit Santa at the Legion Park Gazebo from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (join the parade with a donation to the food bank)
The day of festive fun also includes wagon rides, the Holiday Farmers Market, a Christmas sweater contest, hot chocolate and crafts, a free Christmas movie at the Olympic Theater at 2 p.m. and much more. .
More holiday cheer
The holiday cheer continues at Legion Park with a free Christmas carousel sponsored by the City of Arlington, December 2-11, and – new this year – a holiday skating rink, open until January 9.
You can also enjoy a Santa Claus breakfast on December 3, wagon rides on Olympic Avenue on December 3, 10 and 17, a hot chocolate race on December 10 and movies at the Olympic Theater December 9 and 16.
“The Arlington Hometown Holiday Festival really takes you back in time,” Lopez says. “It’s a very community-driven event, with all the downtown businesses decorated – people say it’s like being in a Hallmark movie!”
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