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Holiday happenings in Thurston County

Experience the holidays in Thurston County Photo credit: Courtesy Experience Olympia & Beyond

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If you're looking for festive activities, holiday happenings, or great shopping ideas, Experience Olympia & Beyond has you covered. Their 2021 Holiday Shopping and Activity Guide is filled with ways to celebrate the season in Thurston County. Be sure to check out the full 2021 Holiday Shopping and Activity Guide here,  


Revel in tradition with Ballet Northwest's The Nutcracker returning to the Washington Center for the 35th year. Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince for the epic battle between mice and soldiers, their journey through the Kingdom of the Snow and as they celebrate with the Sugarplum Fairy in the Land of the Sweets. Shows run weekends, Dec. 10 and Dec. 19. For more information and to purchase tickets visit here,

The popular pop-up rink in downtown Olympia, Oly on Ice is back for a third year, offering affordable, family-friendly ice skating daily through Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Tickets can be purchased in advance here,

Pick out a Christmas tree at Hunter Family Farm - located at 7401 Yelm Hwy SE in Olympia. The Hunter family have been Christmas tree growers since 1948 and provide a fantastic selection of precut and u-cut trees available through Thursday, Dec. 23 (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Schilter Family Farm - located at 41 Nisqually Cut Off Rd SE in Olympia - is another great spot for Christmas tree shopping in the area.


Washington's second-largest farmers market, Olympia Farmers Market - located at 700 Capitol Way N - is open for the holiday season every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19. Find local produce to complete holiday meals, artisanal goods, handcrafted gifts, seasonal wreaths and much more.

Luxuriate with the lavender products at  Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm. Visit their gift shop for fun, eclectic presents and delights including seasonal artisanal wares, farm-direct essential oils and more. Located at 9733 Evergreen Valley Rd SE, Olympia.


From restored historic buildings to cottages in the forest, the B&Bs of Thurston County offer warm and cozy accommodations for a holiday getaway. Swantown Inn & Spa is an 1887 Queen Anne/Eastlake Victorian mansion listed on both the city and state historical registers. Located in a quiet neighborhood in the heart of Olympia, the inn can be a headquarters for exploring the Puget Sound region, or a refuge to escape from it all.

Located at 1431 11th Ave SE, Olympia

The Eld House - 5531 Sunrise Beach Rd NW, Olympia - is two private cottages on the shores of Eld Inlet, the southernmost on Puget Sound. Enjoy a tranquil oasis in the forest with continental breakfast served early or late.

The Marie Bed and Breakfast, built in 1892, was recently restored and is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne style architecture in West Olympia. Located at 123 Cushing St NW, Olympia.

Visit to request a free visitor guide or find more information on Thurston County activities. 


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