The happiest time of the year is here and Port Townsend is all a-twinkle and a-jingle, ready for you to make joyful memories and delight in this season’s festivities. Thanks to generous individuals and businesses, the town will be all dressed up and sparkling with more lights than ever before, shining a welcome to you as you make holiday wishes and dreams come true.

Hear children laughing when Santa rides into town. Breathe in the enticing scent of fresh baked cookies and pastries. Feel the warmth as you’re greeted in our shops, and smile as families and friends gather to wish one another joy and peace. Unwind at the end of the day with a libation and enjoy our inspired eateries. Tuck in for a comfortable stay in one of our charming accommodations…everything you want for some well-deserved R&R.

Santa in Port Townsend - photo by Steve Mullensky

Photo by Steve Mullensky

We’ve listed many of the upcoming fun-filled seasonal events to help you plan your holiday escape to Port Townsend!

SLEIGHBELL SATURDAYS

December 6, 13 and 20, 2014

1-3 pm Victorian Open Parlors

Tour beautifully decorated 19th century buildings and homes with historically costumed docents, seasonal music and holiday treats. Tickets are $15/person. Reservations recommended, however tickets may be purchased at the first stop of each tour. www.vicfest.org

Featured locations: Old Consulate Inn, Commander’s Beach House, Ravenscroft Inn, Huber’s Inn, Quimper Inn, Blue Gull Inn, McCurdy House and the Bishop Victorian Hotel. Coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam.

December 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014

7:30 pm Key City Public Theatre presents “Cinderella”

Adapted from Charles Perrault’s classic folktale of hope, kindness and magic, this production combines splendor, slapstick and song in a unique all-ages holiday celebration of the girl whose goodness elevated her from rags to riches. Tickets and info at www.keycitypublictheatre.org

Cinderella

Saturday, December 6, 2014

4:30 pm Treelighting and Santa Visit at Haller Fountain

Christmas tree in Port Townsend - photo by Steve Mullensky

Photo by Steve Mullensky

There’s caroling in the streets with the Wild Rose Chorale from 1-3 pm, in-store treats and many shops will be open later. Come to Haller Fountain for the annual community treelighting and visit from Santa, who will be arriving via the Kiwanis Choo Train to light the tree. After the treelighting, Santa will visit with children to hear their Christmas wishes. Coordinated by the Port Townsend Main Street Program. www.ptmainstreet.org

5:30-7:30 pm First Saturday Gallery Walk

Tour the towns many galleries, showcasing work from local artists.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

1-4 pm Victorian Yuletide Salon

Step out of the weather and into a welcoming Victorian parlor to savor an Olde Time Christmas in the splendid foyer of the Jefferson Museum of Art and History at 540 Water Street. Father Christmas will greet you amidst the sounds and scents of the season. There will be photos with Father Christmas, live music, treats and startling history. Coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam.

Yule Salon

1-4 pm Kiwanis Choo-Choo Rides for Children

Meet across the street from the Jefferson Museum of Art and History. $5 suggested donation with proceeds benefitting tschool arts education and music programs.

1-4pm Dockside Holiday Open Ship

Come aboard the historic schooner Adventuress at Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend. Free tours, hot cider, cookies, and caroling.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

1-3 pm Caroling in the Streets, coordinated by Key City Public Theatre

1-4 pm Kiwanis Choo-Choo Rides for Children

Meet across the street from the Jefferson Museum of Art and History. $5 suggested donation with proceeds benefitting the school arts education and music programs.

Monday, December 22, 2014

6-10 pm Main Street Quarterly Pub Crawl—wear your Santa hat!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

1-4 pm New Year’s Eve Wildlife Viewing Cruise with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

The trip leaves from Port Townsend’s Point Hudson Marina. Tickets are $55 per person. Book your reservation online at www.ptmsc.org or call 360.385.5582, ext. 104.

6-9 pm Ring in the New Year at the First Night Celebration

First Night, organized by the Jefferson County Historical Society,  is a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration focused on art and culture which takes place in Port Townsend’s historic city hall and other downtown venues.  Activities include hands-on art and history projects, music, dance, theater, storytelling, and puppetry.  For more information contact JCHS at 360-385-1003 or www.jchsmuseum.org.

Happy Holidays and Enjoy Victorian Port Townsend!

November launches the holiday season with its exciting activities and events. Here in Port Townsend, we can’t wait for you to join the fun! Days are shorter. Nights are longer. Storms have been rolling in off the Strait of Juan de Fuca and it inspires us to come inside to a warm shop, a cozy guest room and a welcoming restaurant for comfort food. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and before you know it, Santa will be riding in to light our tree at Haller Fountain!

Ring in the holidays in PT

Top 5 Reasons to Escape to Port Townsend for the Holidays:

1. Shop.

Forget the stressful, crowded malls on Black Friday and meander leisurely through town, discovering treasures for your family and friends. Enjoy the array of unique gifts available at our boutiques and galleries. Many of our shops are run by the owners, so they can help you find exactly the discerning gift you’re looking for…and maybe something special for you too! Small Business Saturday is November 29 and with special in-store treats and open late for your shopping pleasure.

Galleries feature local artists and craftspeople with inspiring art for home or office. The first Saturday of every month is Gallery Walk from 5-7:30 pm and the upcoming one on December 6 will follow immediately after Santa’s arrival in town. Learn more about our merchants at www.ptmainstreet.org.

2. Stay.

Check out our charming B&Bs or accommodations in period Victorian style. We have modern getaways, a variety of vacation rentals, and classic hotels and motels…everything you want for some well-deserved R&R. Decorated with sparkling holiday lights, choose your favorite here: EnjoyPT.com/stay

3. Sip. Savor. Be entertained.

Treat your senses to local Olympic coastal cuisine and a mouth-watering choice of dining options to match your mood, whether it’s a hearty breakfast, lunch with the family or a romantic dinner, you’ll find what you’re looking for before, during or after your holiday excursions.

Key City Public Theatre is proud to present an evening of dinner theater on November 9 at 6 pm at Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar, featuring “Rounding Third,” the acclaimed comedy by Richard Dresser, the special guest at the 2014 Playwrights’ Festival. Tickets are $48 for the four-course dinner and show (beverages and gratuity not included).

Rounding Third at KCPT

Reserve tickets early as these dinner theaters often sell out and seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.keycitypublictheatre.org or call the box office at 360-385-5278.

Several of our local restaurants are offering Thanksgiving dinner. Please contact the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center at 360.385.2722 or info@jeffcountychamber.org for a list and phone numbers for reservations.

4. Relax…pamper yourself.

Indulge in one of our many spa experiences with licensed massage therapists, estheticians and yoga instructors. We also have hot salt water tubs for soaking. For more info, contact the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center at 360.385.2722 or info@jeffcountychamber.org.

5. Tour.

Need exercise in between all the holiday meals and activities? Join the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 22 at the Larry Scott Trail. The kids’ 1-mile run begins at 9 am and the 5K begins at 9:30 am. Register here: http://peninsulatrailscoalition.org/?p=492

Runners in PT

Take a Wildlife Viewing Cruise with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Puget Sound Express on Saturday, November 29. The trip leaves from Port Townsend’s Point Hudson Marina at 1 p.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Book your reservation online at www.ptmsc.org or call 360.385.5582, ext. 104.

Let the festivities begin! Escape to Port Townsend and enjoy the holidays!

Enjoy an amazing Dinner Theatre presentation, Sunday November 9 at 6pm, at the Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar, with “Rounding Third” and a 4-course dinner.

In Rounding Third, a comedy by Richard Dresser, two Little League coaches try to reconcile their very different approaches to baseball and to life. Rounding Third is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. The audience is the stand-in for the team, so the coaches speak directly to the audience about competition, character, punctuality, and the importance of wearing the right equipment.

Rounding Third features Kenn Mann and Scott Nollette, and is directed by Patricia Earnest.

The menu for the evening:

1st course

Spring Rain Farm Salad — Yellow roma tomatoes, grilled scallions, candy cane beets, crispy sunchokes, and Spring Rain greens tossed in picholine vinaigrette.

2nd course

Seafood Cakes — An assortment of local seafood made into delicate cakes and served with a shallot-tomato aioli.

3rd course

Artichoke and fresh Marjoram stuffed King Salmon — Served with roasted garlic and butternut squash cakes as well as sautéed romanesco with shallots

4th course

Fresh Cherries, Orange Zest and Mascarpone Crepes — with house-made almond praline