Memories to Make: Things to do this weekend as the holidays hit full force

click to enlarge People gather for the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2009 at the Pine Street Plaza in Pullman. - DEAN HARE
Dean Hare
People gather for the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2009 at the Pine Street Plaza in Pullman.

The holidays hit the region full force this weekend. Weather the cheer indoors or outside at an array of events in this week’s Memories to Make checklist. Here's what's happening the week of Dec. 1 through 7. Check out our online calendar for more events.

Listen to some live holiday music

The Palouse Choral Society’s “A British Isles Christmas” features choirs, harp, bagpipes, organ and drums Friday and Sunday in Uniontown. The Orofino Community Choir and Washington State University choirs and orchestra also perform this weekend. The Inland Harmony and Palouse Harmony Choruses presents “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” Monday in Moscow.

Watch a lighted parade, or four

Winterfest kicks off the holidays in Colfax Thursday with a parade and fireworks at 6 p.m. while Moscow's Light Up the Night Holiday Parade is at 7 p.m. downtown. Orofino’s Old Fashioned Light Parade “Christmas in Toyland” is 5:30 p.m. Friday. Clarkston’s 30th annual Lighted Christmas Parade, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Get old fashioned

Sip some hot wassail and listen to music on the Victrola at the annual Victorian Christmas 1-4 p.m. Saturday at McConnell Mansion, 110 S. Adams St., Moscow. The free Latah County Historical Society event includes children’s crafts and more.

Exercise the kids in holiday style

Don a holiday costume and join the Sixth Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run Saturday in Pullman. The run is for ages 12 and under. Late registration is at 3:30 p.m. at the YMCA of the Palouse. Kids are $10, parents run for free. The run starts at 4 and ends at Pine Street Plaza for the Holiday Fest tree lighting at 4:10 p.m., where there will be hot cocoa, live music and a visit from Santa.

Take your pet for a picture with Santa

Pet pictures with Santa are from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Eastside Marketplace in Moscow. Cost is $15 for two digital prints, cash or check. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the Palouse. Pet (and human) pictures with Santa will also be available from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Primeland Country Store in Grangeville for $10 with proceeds going to Animal Ark Lost and Found. Afterwards, consider sharing your photo at inland360.com for our new feature, “For Pet’s Sake.”

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