OKANOGAN — Santa Claus is poised to make several stops in Okanogan County this week.
Santa, carolers and lighted farm equipment will take center stage during the annual Okanogan Farm Lights Festival tonight, Nov. 30.
Staging for the tractor parade starts at 5 p.m. on Tyee Street in front of the Okanogan Grange Hall. Chamber organizers said tractors, fire trucks, pickup trucks, flatbeds and classy cars are welcome.
The parade and downtown lighting will be at 5:30 p.m.
Santa will meet with youngsters and be available for photos following the parade.
Queen Street will be blocked off between Second and Third Avenues.
Santa will then make a trip to the holiday tree lighting and Santa Days event in Conconully on Saturday, Dec. 3. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. followed by the arrival of Santa.
“Come warm up at the bonfire, enter to win gift baskets and wrap up the evening watching Santa and friends decend from Mineral Hill at 6 p.m.,” organizers said
Oroville will celebrate the holidays with a tree lighting, Jingle Bell Jog and a visit from Santa Saturday, Dec. 3.
Events get underway at 2 p.m. with the Jingle Bell Jog, organized by the Oroville CARES Coalition. The 5K run begins in Madeline Bone Wells Park, 1274 Main St.
Following the conclusion of the race, the Chamber of Commerce will host a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas parade from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
Hayrides, caroling and photos with Santa are planned. The event will take place at 1276 Main St. Hot cocoa and hot dogs will be provided by the Country Store and will be served by the Boy Scout Troop 26.
Additionally, a holiday decorating contest is set, with cash prizes for these four categories including:
• Best Traditional: Traditional for Christmas.
• Clark Griswold: Do your best impression of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
• Best of Oroville: Best decorated house in the city limits
• Best business: Businesses, churches, clubs, school groups and organizations.
Cash prizes include a grand prize of $500; runner up will win $350; and $150 for third place.
Entrants are responsible for registering their location and finishing decorations before Dec 15. Entries will be accepted any time before Dec. 12. For more information and registration, email email@example.com.
The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce will host several events for their annual Winterfest celebration. Events are planned on Dec. 2-3.
Vendors are planned from noon to 5 p.m. throughout town on both days. Saturday events include an elf scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa, a chili competition, fire truck rides and more.
A parade is planned at 5 p.m. followed by the community tree lighting.
Vendor and parade applications can be picked up at The Split End and This ‘N That Gift Shop.
The Pateros Holiday Market returns Dec. 2-3 in the Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center, 169 Pateros Mall.
Events run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. For vendor applications, email pateroswamarket@gmail.
— Chronicle reporter Kasey Pinkham contributed to this story.