Pin It

A Country Christmas 

by Susan Hamilton & r & If you want to go somewhere besides Grandma's house this holiday weekend, why not ring in the season at Dayton's Silver Bells Christmas event? The two-and-a-half-hour drive southwest of Spokane will get you out into the countryside to experience a small town winter holiday celebration.

"It's a complete experience that's authentic and personal," says Jennie Dickinson, executive director of Dayton's Chamber of Commerce. "The whole community participates in decorating all the storefronts on Main Street, the street lights and the park."

The annual event features historic buildings and shopping on Main Street that's reminiscent of yesteryear juxtaposed with galleries showing contemporary artwork and tasting rooms offering Columbia Valley wines and microbrews. A winter fireworks display punctuates the celebrations Friday night

What can you expect at this year's festivities? It all starts Friday morning with shopping on Dayton's classic Main Street. Dingle's of Dayton has presided on Main Street since 1920. The quintessential general store's motto is "If you don't find it at Dingle's, you don't need it." A few doors down, Mrs. Mc's Antiques features local antiques and collectibles. The owner, a second-generation antique dealer, specializes in Baileysburg furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry. You wouldn't expect to find a national award-winning art gallery in a small town, but Wenaha Gallery has flourished on Dayton's Main Street for 12 years. This weekend, artist Stephen Lyman's work will be shown at Wenaha alongside his wife Andrea's line of jewelry and gifts, as well as watercolors from local artists.

A variety of new stores on Main Street add to the holiday festivities. The Village Shoppes' d & eacute;cor recreate Dayton at the turn of the century. Twenty-six crafters and artisans offer items, such as furniture, stained glass, reproduction antique toys and old-fashioned candy. The Country Cupboard is a refurbished country store with a bakery and deli. Don't leave without trying a Long John maple bar or a cream-filled cupcake. Wild Berries Caf & eacute; is having an open house Friday evening with cherries jubilee and a harpist.

But the shopping and feasting doesn't stop at Main Street. A few blocks away, the Dayton Depot is dressed in its holiday best for a Christmas Market. And it has plenty to be proud of. Built in 1881, it's the oldest existing passenger railroad station in the state. Friday and Saturday afternoons, you'll find Santa next to the pot-bellied stove in the depot lobby, just waiting for you to get that special photo. Hayrides start in front of the depot in the afternoons and evenings.

Dayton's love affair with the past is no more evident than at the Boldman House, the latest restoration of the town's 117 historic buildings. The turn-of-the-century home is open for tours this weekend, exhibiting items from a vintage Victrola to a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and gifts from the 1900s.

At 7 pm on Friday, a fireworks display will fill the skies next to the oldest working courthouse in the state. "You stand on the courthouse lawn and the fireworks twist and whirl right above you," Dickinson says.

For those who like to do a little beverage tasting, Skye Book and Brew on Main Street offers its own hand-crafted brews, ranging from oatmeal stout to root beer. Family-style dining at the brewery/caf & eacute;/bookstore features pizza and fresh baked pot pies, among the many offerings. Patit Creek Cellars is hosting a barrel tasting of its newest release with artisan cheeses from the local fromagerie on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Dayton's Christmas Kickoff is Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26, from 9 am-9 pm. Call 800-882-6299 or see Dayton is located on SR 12, east of Pasco via SR 124.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Buried in the Headlines
  • Buried in the Headlines

    Big stories largely ignored by the mainstream media
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • A Sense 
of Détente
  • A Sense of Détente

    In only two months, the seemingly intractable battle between mayor and council has turned into an exuberant truce
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • Not Green Enough
  • Not Green Enough

    State says no carbon exemption for Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant; plus, settlement reached in Priest River high school football concussion lawsuit
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo @ Cat Tales Zoological Park

Sun., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Defending North Idaho

    Why Heather Scott must go
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • The Do-Over

    After failing to pass a bus service tax hike last year, Spokane Transit Authority has a plan to get you to vote for it again
    • Oct 6, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


green zone


trail mix

Readers also liked…

  • Our Republic
  • Our Republic

    Not just another small town heroin tragedy
    • Jun 23, 2016
  • New Blood
  • New Blood

    Candidates are launching bids for Spokane City Council and could bring big changes to city government
    • Mar 18, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation