If you’re into Christmas events, then this is your weekend, with a jam-packed slate starting tonight and going through Sunday.
Kelso’s “Celtic Christmas” Tree-Lighting is set for tonight at the Train Depot in downtown, starting at 6 pm. Mayor David Futcher will flip the switch at 6:10 pm; they’ll have games, crafts, prizes, a hayride and a special visit from Santa.
With a theme of “Christmas in Paris,” the annual Longview Junior Service League “Festival of Trees” is set for this evening at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center, a benefit for the LJSL, Saint John Radiation Oncology and Youth and Family Link. Doors open at 6 pm; tickets are required to attend.
The second annual Community Festival of Nativities opens this evening at the Longview Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located on 11th Avenue in Longview. This is open from 4 to 9 pm today through Sunday.
Stageworks Northwest opens its production of “A Tuna Christmas,” which will run each weekend at the Longview Theatre through the 29th. Curtain is 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow, along with a 2 pm Sunday matinee.
Rising Star Productions presents “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” on Friday and Saturday at the Three Rivers Mall, in their performance space near the Macy’s store. This come from Robert Fulghum, the man who wrote “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Curtain is set for 7:30 pm; the production runs each weekend through the 21st.
Kalama also opens its Christmas holiday with a tree-lighting and caroling tonight in Toteff Park, starting at 6 pm. Tomorrow morning, there’s a Swedish Pancake breakfast at the Kalama Community Building, the Santa Express Train Show from 11 am to 8 pm, and then the annual Community Turkey Dinner is set for 5 pm on Sunday.
The Cowlitz County Historical Museum has its annual Winter Festival on Saturday, highlighting Christmas traditions from Norway, Ethopia and the Phillipines. This will run from 10 am to 4 pm; admission is free.
The Rainier United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Toy ‘N Joy Breakfast tomorrow morning, going from 7:30 to 10:30 am at the church, which is located at 1st and C Streets in Ra9inier. Donations will benefit the Rainier Toy ‘N Joy program.
Longview Parks and Rec is holding its annual Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, with two seatings planned at the Olde Creekside Café on Commerce Avenue. Families will need to pre-register; NO tickets will be sold at the door. Call 442-5400 for more information.
Also in downtown Longview, the third annual Gingerbread Haus competition is planned; the decorated entries for this year’s competition will be on public display from noon to 5 pm tomorrow, prior to the Downtown Christmas Parade.
The 33rd annual Downtown Longview Twilight Christmas Parade is set for tomorrow, starting at 5 pm. Entries will line up at the Cowlitz PUD, the parade will wind through downtown and will end up at the Civic Center for the annual Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting.
Woodland’s Winterfest starts at 6 pm Saturday, with Woodland’s Queen lighting the Christmas tree at 6 pm. They’ll also have free hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies at Horseshoe Lake Park.
On Sunday, the Festival of Giving will take place at the Three Rivers Mall, with local charities and social service organizations gathering. This is a community gala with live entertainment, prizes and more than four thousand dollars in gift card giveaways. This runs from 6 to 9 on Sunday at the Mall; tickets will be available at the door.
Rainier is holding its Community Tree-Lighting at 5 pm on Sunday outside of the City Hall in downtown Rainier. Santa will visit, they’ll have caroling, refreshments and other fun.
At 7 pm on Sunday, jazz violinist Eileen Ivers brings “An Nolaig—An Irish Christmas” to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Ivers has a distinguished background, winning the All-Irish fiddle championship nine times; she’s also described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Violin.” Call 577-8499 or go to the Columbia Theatre website for ticket information.