Molly Jones

The Ellensburg Downtown Association is looking forward to the holidays by preparing for various annual downtown events. For a two-month calendar of holiday events happening county wide, pick up a copy of the Hometown Holidays publication at 119 W. Fifth Ave, Suite 102.

Moments to Remember takes place the day after Thanksgiving including events like Plaid Friday, Cookie Scavenger Hunt, and the downtown tree lighting. Changes have been made to the events for 2019 including moving the starting location of Cookie Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Ellensburg Pet Center, to inside Gallery One. Canned food donations for the FISH Food Bank are also encouraged at Cookie Scavenger Hunt. The tree lighting will take place at 5:45 p.m. as apposed to 7 p.m. To stay up to date on all Ellensburg Downtown Association events, follow us on Facebook @ellensburgdowntown or visit

Teddy Bear Tea is a high tea for kids and their families taking place inside Kelleher Motor Company on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch, tea, dance performances and stories from the North Pole with Mrs. Claus. Dress in your holiday best for photos and an afternoon to remember for years to come. Tickets are limited and are currently on sale at the event’s sponsor location, Fitterer’s Furniture. Families are also encouraged to bring a teddy bear to be donated to the Court Advocates for Children program (CASA).

Holiday Girls Night Out is just around the corner, taking place on Dec. 12 from 5-9 p.m. in various locations throughout downtown. Last year, this event brought in over $50,000 across participating locations in just four hours. Consider shopping local for holiday gifts this season, and treating yourself to a fun night out on Dec. 12. Thank you to our Girls Night Out sponsors Collective Interiors and Alente Spa / Salon. An additional thank you to the Mule Cocktail Bar for sponsoring the bus from Yakima.

Projects we hope you’ll take notice of between now and spring of 2020 include a new focus on Pine Street. Between Nov. 20 and 22, businesses from throughout downtown will take advantage of additional window display space by filling the vacant windows on Pine Street. Boarders of the windows will be painted in a winter theme and lit with Christmas lights. Additional signage will be placed in the windows advertising the space for rent. Roofline lighting will be installed spring of 2020 on Pine Street buildings between Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue. Lighting aids in creating a safe and walkable downtown all year round.

To volunteer with the Ellensburg Downtown Association or donate to the organization, visit

Molly Jones-Kerchner is the Ellensburg Downtown Association Director.


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