Welcome to our Winter Wonderland

Welcome to the winter wonderland of Thurston County!

Here, “handcrafted” is a way of life. People are intentional and passionate for their craft. Local makers create one-of-a-kind experiences for visitors to enjoy from artison cheese and fresh apple cider to handmade soaps and intricate illustrations. And must not forget, the talented chefs as well as skilled roasters of fair trade coffee, brewers of handcrafted ales and makers of some very fine wine.

A gateway to Thurston County nurtures your creative side, giving you full permission to explore something new.

The holiday season is upon us and we have a jam-packed calendar of events to keep you feeling festive all month long. 

TWINKLE FEST 2016

Dec. 1-Dec. 20
Downtown Olympia Businesses

Nearly 50 businesses in downtown Olympia will decorate their storefronts in hopes of being crowned winner of this year's Twinkle Fest Decorating Contest. But the real winner could be you. By voting for a favorite display, voters are entered to win cool prizes from downtown merchants. Plus, participants have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty, splendor and creativity of vibrant downtown Olympia. More info here

NOON YEAR'S EVE

Saturday, Dec. 31
Every hour 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hands on Children's Museum

Can't stay awake until midnight? Bring the whole family to the Hands on Children's Museum to countdown (early) to the New Year. There will be shimmer, sparkle and shine with the 'disco ball drop' every hour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Get the best of both hemispheres at this years themed "Blizzard Beach Bash." Don your Hawaiian shirts, make your own leis, but don't leave your mittens and hats at home! Meet warm and cold-blooded animals, set ice on fire and freeze tropical fruits and smash them with Dr. Science. For more information on ticketing, visit www.hocm.org.

NOON YEARS EVE AT NOON

Saturday, Dec. 31
12 p.m.-1 p.m.
WET Science Center

Kids can enjoy plenty of playtime, New Year's Eve crafts, face painting, hats, noisemakers, a FREE family picture and more! Closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the holiday.

NEW YEAR'S EVE 2017 AT LUCKY EAGLE

Dec. 31-Jan. 1
8 p.m.-3 a.m.
Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel

Ring in the New Year at Lucky Eagle! Join us on the Casino Floor for $100 Free Play Drawings every hour (8 p.m.-2 a.m.), Roaming Entertainment (10 p.m.-Midnight) and a Live DJ (8 p.m.-3 a.m.). Join the party in the Chehalis Rooms. Rumor 6 will be performing Free Live Entertainment (9 p.m.-1 a.m.). PLUS! Balloon Drops around the floor and party at Midnight. Free to enter, Must be 21+ Players Club Member. See Players Club for details.

NEW YEAR'S PARTY AT NISQUALLY RED WIND CASINO

Dec. 31-Jan. 1
8 p.m.-1:15 a.m.
Nisqually Red Wind Casino

You're invited to our New Year's Party! Live entertainment in the Coho by Stir Crazy starting at 8 p.m. Cash drawings, complimentary party favors, a countdown to midnight with a balloon drop and more!