Enjoy 32 days of shopping, dining, wine, and holiday fun for the whole family!

information released; photos courtesy of Lake Chelan Chamber & LCN archives

Residents and Visitors are invited to help kick off the holiday festivities in the Lake Chelan Valley on Friday November 24th, starting bright and early with “Plaid Friday!”

Plaid Friday is an alternative to Black Friday; Plaid Friday encourages people to do their holiday shopping with locally owned and independent businesses. We encourage everyone to wear plaid this day to show your support, and you’ll even see many of our businesses wearing branded Small Town Holiday plaid! Check the Small Town Holiday page for Plaid Friday Deals!

As you are shopping and wandering throughout the Lake Chelan Valley, you will find festive decorations, lights, and activities for everyone!

Families and friends gather around for the Christmas Tree Lighting (at the corner of Woodin and Emerson in downtown Chelan) at 6:00 pm, singing carols, and welcoming Santa to town!

At 6:30 p.m. head over to a viewing area, or Don Morse Park for a celebratory firework show, or catch a ride on the Lady of the Lake for prime viewing!

Restaurant Week in Historic Downtown Chelan also starts on Friday!

From November 24 – December 1st, you can explore our local food scene, through curated 3-course dinner menus (dine-in only) with prices at $35 or $45. Check out additional wine pairings and cocktail specials while you dine at your favorite place, or try somewhere new!

Click here for a list of participating restaurants and their menu options.

Events Scheduled for this weekend in Chelan and Manson:

Every Day

  • Holiday Shop Local
  • Charitable Giving throughout the Lake Chelan Valley

Friday, November 24

  • All Day Plaid Friday across the Lake Chelan Valley
  • Restaurant Week in Historic Downtown Chelan
  • 3:00pm-6:00pm Flip the Switch with Santa at Tipsy Canyon Winery
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Historic Downtown Chelan Gathering
    • Caroling and Mini-Concert with Loni Rose at the Christmas Tree
    • 6:00pm Santa Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting
  • 6:30pm Fireworks at Don Morse Park

Saturday, November 25

  • All Day Shop Small Business Saturday
  • 8:00am-2:00pm Santa Brunch at Campbell’s Resort
  • 9:00am-12:00pm Professional Santa Photos at Lake Life Chelan *Reservations Required
  • 9:00am Manson’s Village of Lights
  • 10:00am Santa Letters at Mountain View Lodge
  • 10:00am The Lookout’s Annual Lake Chelan Turkey Trot
  • 12:00pm Santa’s Arrival at Leffler Field in Manson followed by photos at Radiance Winery
  • 3:00pm Free Christmas Matinee (It’s a Wonderful Life) at the Ruby Theatre
  • 5:30pm Lady of the Lake Firework Cruise
  • 6:30pm Fireworks at Manson Bay Park

Plan all your Small Town Holiday activities at smalltownholidays.com