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Point Wilson BeachAs we begin our countdown of 31 things you can do to enjoy the holidays in Port Townsend, we turn to two of everyone’s favorite things: coffee and beaches!

December 1: Cafes and Bistros

Explore our delicious cafes and bistros in town and enjoy some of the best coffee drinks and teas in the region. Port Townsend has local coffee roasters and very likely more coffee and tea shops than taverns! Don’t miss an opportunity to hang out in unique cafes and learn the ins and outs of coffee and tea from our knowledgeable community members.

December 2: Beaches

It may not be summer, but locals know that fall and winter are some of the most dramatic times to enjoy our town’s beaches. Port Townsend is on a peninsula, so we’re surrounded on three sides by water and beaches, making the area a perfect destination for beach walking. Did you know you can walk from Point Hudson to Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park at low tide?

Popular beach access points include North Beach and Chetzemoka Park.

CarolersCome to Port Townsend for the Holidays! The street lamps and store windows will be decorated in the spirit of the season, festive events fill the calendar and Santa starts his world tour in Port Townsend December 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm.

November 1-December 24 “Santa Shops Here”

For every $500 spent at any of 50 participating merchants, customers get to pick a $50 Gift Certificate from our wall of gift certificates! *Proof of purchase required and only dollars spent at participating merchants qualify towards the $500. First come, first served while quantities last. Some restrictions apply.

Saturday, Dec. 7th at 4:30 pm–Port Townsend Community Tree lighting/Santa Visit 

Caroling in the streets! Santa arrives by Engine No. 3, Port Townsend’s vintage white fire truck. The truck brings Santa to Haller Fountain at Washington & Taylor Streets for the Treelighting at 4:30 pm.  Caroling in the streets, shops open later, and it’s First Saturday Gallery Walk. Shop, dine and stay in town.

December 14th Yule Festival–1-5 pm

Special holiday activities, caroling, refreshments and a visit with Father Christmas. Come to World’s End at 1020 Water Street to join in these festivities from times gone by. Coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam.

Stores Open Later December 20 & 21st–Holiday Shopping Wrap Up! Hundreds of last minute gift ideas for everyone on your list! Main Street offers a “Holiday Wrap Up” –free do-it-yourself gift wrapping station.

2013 Port Townsend Ornament highlights The Centennial of the Schooner Adventuress 1913-2013. On sale for $12 at select shops.

First Night Celebration December 31–First Night is a Jefferson Museum of Art and History-sponsored family-friendly alcohol-free New Year’s Eve community celebration focusing on art, culture and heritage. All activities take place in and around Port Townsend’s historic City Hall between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on December 31.

girls night outIt’s the 10th anniversary of Main Street’s Girls’ Night Out—a day and night of female camaraderie and shopping fun on Thursday, October 3, 2013. This year’s theme is “IN THE PINK!” –wear PINK to Girls’ Night Out!

More than 20 participating businesses will offer special events, in-store promotions and refreshments from 11 am to 8 pm. Visit www.ptmainstreet.org for details. Proceeds benefit Jefferson County Public’s Health Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit. This event is sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, Jefferson Healthcare, and participating businesses.

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and the event includes the opportunity to purchase a “goodie bag” starting October 1 filled with valuable store coupons, Ozone socks, and gifts donated by the merchants. Goodie bags sell for $10 each. Contents for the goodie bags are donated by OZONE Socks, generous participating businesses, and the Port Townsend Main Street Program.


  • Special Sales & Treats
  • In-Store Events
  • Many Shops Open Later
  • Goodie bags with socks, gifts and surprises
  • Door prizes at the wrap-up party at 8:00 pm at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar, 842 Washington Street (next to Haller Fountain).
  • “In the Pink” Raffle with prize valued at $600!

The evening ends with a “Wrap” Party at 8 pm at Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar (next to Haller Fountain) at 842 Washington Street. The party features a no-host bar, appetizers, desserts, and door prizes; $5 suggested donation at the door. Goodie bags are on sale as of October 1, and raffle tickets available in advance.

IN THE PINK RAFFLE” –a $600 value

Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be on sale at participating Girls’ Night Out stores (check www.ptmainstreet.org for locations);

The Prize includes:

–One night in the Big Red Barn (Port Townsend) – for two. Value $200;

–Massage and Facial from LaBella Day Spa in Port Townsend. Value $150;

–Gift Certificate for two at Khu Larb Thai. Value $40;

–A Fluffy Spa Robe from The Manresa Castle;

–One digitally-sized image by Deja View Photography for your Facebook business profile photo plus same file to use for print advertising. Value $185.

Need not be present to win.

Raffle ticket sales benefit the Jefferson County Health Department Breast/Cervical Health Program for local women in need and the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit.