Port Townsend has loads of fun things to do in the winter, from getting outside for deep breaths of fresh crisp air to tucking into a warm shop downtown or uptown for some retail therapy. Stay in one of our many cool accommodations and enjoy the winter fare in a cozy eatery and maybe do a bit of storm watching over Port Townsend Bay. And, of course, there are a plethora of holiday happenings to bring you joy and delight! Enjoy a flurry of winter fun in Port Townsend!

Don your wellies and waterproof gear and get outside! Here are a few ideas for you.

  • Take a beach walk from Point Hudson to Point Wilson at mid- to low-tide.
  • Hike the trails at Fort Worden (check out the map in The Commons at the Fort).
  • Cycle the Larry Scott Memorial Trail (pick up a map at the PT Visitor Info Center)

Fascinated by Port Townsend’s history? Explore a museum (or two!).

Calling all foodie fanatics! We have delicious eateries around town and at Fort Worden.

  • Pick up a restaurant guide at the PT Visitor Info Center.

Check out the Farmers Market on Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, until the last day of the season: Dec. 15  – www.jfcmarkets.org

  • Tour the local wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries.

Looking for a quiet place to enjoy nature? We have beautiful parks, even without leaves on the trees.

  • Chetzemoka Park (Uptown)
  • Fort Worden State Park – www.fortworden.org
  • Sather Park (Uptown)

Can’t get enough art? You’ll love our galleries and live performances.

Want to learn more about our local sea life? Here are some ideas.

  • Bird & Whale watching out of Point Hudson on Nov. 25 and Dec. 31.
  • Port Townsend Marine Science Center (Fort Worden) – www.ptmsc.org
  • Northwest Maritime Center (Downtown) – www.nwmaritime.org

Join us for our holiday happenings and festivals into the new year:

  • Black Friday, Nov. 24 –Let the shopping begin!
  • Merchants’ Open House and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25 – www.ptmainstreet.org
  • Sprit of the Yule, Key City Public Theatre, Nov. 30 – Dec. 23 – www.keycitypublictheatre.org
  • Community Treelighting and Santa Visit with caroling in the streets. Shops are open later and Art Walk is after Santa lights the tree, Dec. 2 – www.ptmainstreet.org
  • Choo Choo Rides throughout town, Dec. 9 and 16 – www.ptmainstreet.org
  • Aldrich’s Gingerbread Contest Uptown, Dec. 16 – Jan. 24, 2018 – www.aldrichs.com
  • Victorian Open Parlor Tours and Yuletide Brass Ball, Dec. 16 – www.op-s.net
  • First Night Celebration Downtown with the Jefferson County Historical Society, Dec. 31 – www.jchsmuseum.org
  • Fort Worden’s New Year’s Events, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 – www.fortworden.org
  • 14th Annual Strange Brewfest, Jan. 26 and 27, 2018 – www.strangebrewfestpt.com

 

 

Celebrate the diversity of high quality and unique woodwork made by individual craftspeople in our community! Nov 4-5. Read More

November 2017 launches the holiday season with its many exciting activities and events. Here in Port Townsend, we can’t wait for you to join the fun! Days are shorter. Nights are longer. And although we’ve been enjoying gorgeous autumn days with trees aflame in color, storms will no doubt begin to roll in off the Strait of Juan de Fuca, inspiring us to come inside to a warm shop, a cozy guest room and a welcoming eatery 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!

Steve Mullensky photo

Get a head start on your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Fair at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, November 4 and 5 from 10 am to 4 pm Stocking stuffers, gifts, arts, crafts and hourly raffles start the fun, plus Santa makes an early visit for photo ops with your kiddos. For more information, go to www.jeffcofairgrounds.com or call 360.385.1013.

The 12th Annual Port Townsend Woodworker’s Show celebrates the diversity of high quality and unique woodwork made by individual craftspeople in our community. Among dozens of woodworkers presenting this year, there will also be lovely pieces by students from Port Townsend High School and Chimacum High School. Show hours are November 4 from 11 am to 8 pm and November 5 from 11 am to 3 pm at the American Legion Hall in downtown Port Townsend. Admission is free.

2017 PT Wood Workers' Show

Galleries around town feature local artists and craftspeople with inspiring art for your home or a gift for that special someone. The first Saturday of every month is Art Walk from 5:30-8 pm, falling on November 4. Learn more about our merchants at www.ptmainstreet.org.

Fall PT Farmers Market

The Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market is Uptown on Tyler Street every Saturday in November from 9 am to 2 pm. Winter squash, sweet apples, crunchy carrots, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, kale, chard and root vegetables are in abundance. Treat yourself and your friends to local cider, beer and wine. Buy free-range, organic meat and other delectable artisan foods. www.jcfmarkets.org/saturday/

Wine & Cider Harvest Tour

Make Port Townsend your home base while you sip and savor the flavors of fall at the Olympic Peninsula Harvest Wine & Cider Tour November 11 and 12 from 11 am to 5 pm. The 10 artisan wineries and cideries are located in the Peninsula towns of Port Townsend, Chimacum, Nordland, Sequim and Port Angeles. It’s a great opportunity to taste some fantastic new wines and ciders, while discovering new pairings for your holiday table. Enjoy seasonal activities and marvel at nature’s vibrant palate. For more info, go to www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org.

Mixed Nuts at Key City Public Theatre

Key City Public Theatre presents two evenings of dinner theater at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar November 12 and 13 at 6 pm, featuring Mixed Nuts, a whirlwind evening of whimsical, witty women. Tickets are $58 for the dinner and show (beverages not included) and are available online at www.keycitypublictheatre.org or by calling 360.385.5278.

2017 Turkey Trot

Need exercise in between all the holiday meals and activities? Join the Turkey Trot 5K and Kids’ Dash on Saturday, November 18 at the boatyard trailhead of the Larry Scott Trail, benefitting Jumping Mouse Children’s Center to help keep their services accessible to children in need. The Kids’ Dash begins at 9 am and the 5K begins at 9:30 am. Register here: www.raceentry.com/races/jumping-mouse-5k-turkey-trot-and-kids-dash/2017/register Enjoy cocoa, coffee and treats at the finish. Turkey costumes are encouraged!

Fort Worden is serving Thanksgiving dinner (call 360.344.4400 for reservations) as well as several of our local restaurants around town. Please contact the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center at 360.385.2722 or info@jeffcountychamber.orgfor a list and phone numbers for your holiday reservation.

Forget the stressful, crowded malls on Black Friday and meander leisurely through town, discovering treasures for your family and friends. Black Friday is the kick-off for Port Townsend and Main Street’s “Flurry of Winter Fun.” 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! Look in Port Townsend first for one-of-a-kind, imaginative gift ideas that will bring joy to your friends and family.

November 25 is Main Street’s Merchant Open House and Small Business Saturday! Celebrate local businesses at this nationwide event. Enjoy caroling in the streets from 2-4 pm, in-store treats and many stores will be open late for your shopping pleasure.

PTMSC Wildlife Cruise

Take a Wildlife Cruise with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center for an idyllic natural science adventure on Saturday, November 25. The trip leaves from Port Townsend’s Point Hudson Marina at 1 pm and returns at 4 pm. Tickets are $80 per person. Book your reservation online at www.ptmsc.org or call 360.385.5582, ext. 104.

Save the date for upcoming events in December:

December 1-23
Key City Public Theatre’s “Spirit of the Yule”
www.keycitypublictheatre.org

December 2
Main Street’s Community Treelighting and Santa’s Visit
www.ptmainstreet.org

December 9 and 16
Kiwanis Choo Choo Rides Downtown
www.ptmainstreet.org

December 16
Open Parlor Tours and Yuletide Ball
www.op-s.net/yule

December 31
First Night Celebration by the Jefferson County Historical Society
www.jchsmuseum.org

Let the holiday festivities begin! Enjoy a flurry of fun in Port Townsend this season.