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Christmas Fun In Vancouver, Washington

Christmas season is in full swing, and there are lots of festive activities in the Vancouver area to celebrate the holiday. There’s lots of Christmas-themed fun to be had if you know where to look. Here’s a list of some of our favorite activities for this time of year.

Christmas Ships

Christmas Ships Vancouver Washington

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Location: Various locations along the Columbia River


The Christmas Ships parade has been an annual holiday tradition in Vancouver since 1954. Volunteer boaters decorate their ships in lights and festive accessories, then cruise around the Columbia to delight spectators. You can catch the parade of illuminated boats from various points along the Columbia. Check out the Christmas Ships website for a schedule of launch locations and times so you can plan your viewing.

Christmas Special Train Ride

Santa waves hello from the Christmas train

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Location: 207 N. Railroad Ave, Yacolt, WA 98675


Each year, the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad hosts several Christmas-themed excursions on their vintage trains. It’s a unique way to get into the Christmas spirit and fun for the whole family. Take in the views as you ride along the Lewis River, drink some warm cider and cocoa, and meet Santa on the train!

Christmas Tea At Pomeroy Farm

Location: 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt WA 98675


Pomeroy Farm is a local treasure – a living history farm that has been active for over a century in Clark County. They host a variety of seasonal events throughout the year that offer an experience from a simpler time. In December, one of their special events is a Christmas-themed tea service. Tea includes a Christmas-themed menu featuring savory treats, sandwiches, desserts, scones, and a variety of teas. Reservations are required and spots fill up fast! Contact Pomeroy Farm to inquire about availability and make a reservation.

See A Christmas Movie At The Kiggins Theater


The Kiggins Theater is a classic art-deco landmark in downtown Vancouver. You can see classic films, comedy shows, and concerts there year-round. But in December it’s always time for some classic Christmas movies. Selections vary each year, so be sure to check out their website to see what’s playing.

Check Out Some Christmas Lights

Location: Various locations around Vancouver


Viewing Christmas light displays is a classic holiday tradition, and Vancouver has some great spots to do it. No matter where you’re at in the Vancouver area, there’s probably a Christmas light display nearby. For a good breakdown of all the light locations, check out our blog post on where to see Christmas lights in Vancouver, Washington.


We hope you enjoy this list of great holiday activities in the Vancouver area. It’s a special time of year to share with friends and family, and these Christmas events are a great way to make some happy memories. Have a great holiday season, and keep us in mind when it’s time to make your next dental appointment!