On Saturday, Dec. 7, residents of Yelm will celebrate a community Christmas in a way that’s uniquely Yelm.
Residents continue a traditional kids’ parade. After the parade, the community gathers at Yelm City Park for a one-day social event.
Civic and business leaders introduce the city’s Youths of the Year and Youth Good Citizenship award winners. Yelm youth are also recognized for their essay writing skills, during a contest that usually centers around their Christmas memories and family traditions.
Local school choirs and bands take the stage to offer their Christmas wishes through music and song.
Christmas in the Park features day-long amusements, including a free photo with Santa, booths, games and entertainment.
Amazingly, everything is free. Treats including hot dogs, cocoa and cider are distributed throughout the day, while supplies last.
As children play in the park, make crafts, or wrap a free book for a friend at the Friends of the Yelm Library booth, the park becomes a candy lane with entries in the gingerbread house contest, which is open to all ages.
The day is topped off with an evening tree lighting blessing from a local pastor.
A bonfire is kept lit throughout the day where everyone sings carols.
Just across the street at 207 1st Street South, make sure to stop off at JZ Rose. Its exclusive and exquisite inventory which draws people from across the state is transformed into a winter wonderland of gifts, with something for everyone’s shopping list, from delectable chocolates to the most treasured toys for tots.