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Be Enchanted this season and check out all the special Holiday happenings in Port Townsend! Port Townsend’s historic Downtown and Uptown districts feature fabulous individually-owned business filled with quality gift ideas which offer a personal touch; explore their creative offerings and discover thoughtful and locally made items you won’t find anywhere else! And what’s more, inviting dining spots and unique lodgings offer something for every taste. Thank You to the Port Townsend Main Street program for all their hard work in organizing many of our Holiday festivities!
Join us for delightful holiday fun in 2023:
The Kiwanis Choo Choo will roll merrily through town on Saturdays in November and December.
The Festival Tent at Tyler Plaza – Look for the large festival tent at Tyler Street Plaza which will offer a festive outdoor space for a limited time. Get a meal-to-go or a hot drink and enjoy it there in between shopping stops. Check out Port Townsend Main Street’s official website for additional information about other holiday activities or follow the Port Townsend Main Street Program on social media for holiday updates.
November 25th – Small Business Saturday. Start checking off your list and get a head start on holiday shopping! Then join in a swag-making activity from 2-4 pm with Main Street elves under the heated tent at Tyler Street Plaza. Enjoy caroling in the streets and take a selfie with the holiday cartoon cut-outs.
December 2nd – Port Townsend Tree Lighting & Holidays in Port Townsend Special Events including a visit from Santa!
- 2 pm Caroling under the heated tent at Tyler Street Plaza
- 2 pm – 4pm Make & Take Ornaments at Tyler Street Plaza tent…while supplies last!
Donations benefit PT Artscape which supports the arts in the schools program.
- 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Photo ops with Santa and the Kiwanis Choo Choo by Flagship Landing
- Take a selfie with the holiday cartoon cut-outs.
- Dusk: Community Treelighting at Haller Fountain
December 8th – Uptown Holiday Night Market. Join participating businesses in Uptown Port Townsend for shopping, music, refreshments, and more!
December 9th – Enjoy festive Port Townsend Magic of Christmas activities under the tent at Tyler Plaza. Visit smilesunderthetree.org
December 16th – Last minute holiday gift wrapping. Representatives from the nonprofit Olympic Neighbors will wrap your locally purchased gifts with flair under the heated tent at Tyler Plaza. Their mission is to create home and community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
December 16th – Olympic Peninsula Steam Big Brass Yule Ball from 7pm – 10pm at the American Legion, downtown Port Townsend.
December 31st – First Night in Port Townsend. Presented by the Production Alliance from 3pm – 9pm, First Night is an all-ages New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music and performances, interactive art experiences, heritage and historic exhibits, food, fireworks, and more! Visit theproductionalliance.org
Feeling Creative? Get ready for crafty Holiday fun with the December Uptown Gingerbread Contest at the Port Townsend Public Library.
- Gingerbread kits available from November 20- November 30
- Voting takes place from December 11- December 18
- Winner announced by December 22
- Entries must be picked up by Jan 2.
Tour the Winter Lights
Sparkling white lights decorate the trees in the historic districts from PT Main Street’s winter lights program, running November through February. The Main Street elves will be busy decorating. The Haller Fountain and Bell Tower lighting designs are created by Fyerlite Grip and Lighting Services.
OTHER HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
The Port Townsend Arts Guild’s Annual Holiday Crafts Sale will be held Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th, 2023 from 10am-5pm in Uptown at the Port Townsend Community Center (620 Tyler St.).
The Magic of Christmas “Kringle’s Christmas Express”– An extravaganza of lights and amazement that will conjure up the wonder and magic inside us all is moving downtown this year. They will be delivering lots of fun and surprises from Santa and his jolly elves. Follow their Facebook page for event updates. Activities will be centered at the American Legion and surrounding spaces.
Planning your visit? Feel free to call the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center for more information: 360.385.2722
Port Townsend invites you to celebrate what’s special about our community during the holidays! Port Townsend’s historic districts are known for their individually-owned businesses filled with delightful gift ideas which offer the personal touch. Inviting dining spots and unique lodgings offer something for every taste. There are many thoughtful and creative gifts available in Port Townsend that will be remembered long after the holidays.
Join us for delightful holiday fun in 2022:
The Kiwanis Choo Choo
A Port Townsend favorite, the holiday “choo choo: train will roll merrily through town, making several Saturday appearances–November 26, December 3 and December 10.
The Festival Tent at Tyler Plaza
Look for the large festival tent at Tyler Street Plaza downtown, which will offer a festive outdoor space for a limited time. Get a meal-to-go or a hot drink and enjoy it there in between shopping stops. Check ptmainstreet.org for additional information about other holiday activities or follow the Port Townsend Main Street Program on social media for holiday updates. Thanks to the City of Port Townsend and CARES Act funding for tent assistance at Tyler Plaza.
- November 26: Small Business Saturday –Get a jump on holiday shopping! Then join in a free swag-making activity from 2-4 pm with Main Street elves under the heated tent at Tyler Street Plaza. Check out the new overhead lighting extending the use of the plaza in the darker winter months. Enjoy caroling in the streets with the Wild Rose Chorale and take a selfie with the holiday cartoon cut-outs.
- December 3: Ring in the Holidays in Port Townsend
- 2 pm Caroling with the Wild Rose Chorale
- 2 pm- 4pm Make & Take Ornaments at Tyler Street Plaza tent…while supplies last! Donations benefit PT Artscape which supports the arts in the public schools program.
- 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Photo opportunities with Santa and the Kiwanis Choo Choo by Flagship Landing
- Take a selfie with the holiday cartoon cut-outs.
- Dusk: Treelighting at Haller Fountain
- December 10: “It’s a Wrap!” Last minute holiday gift wrapping. Kiwanis Key Club/Rotary Interact Club students will wrap your locally purchased gifts with flair. Tyler Plaza Tent (weather permitting).
28th Annual Uptown Gingerbread Contest
Entries will be accepted from December 1st – 11th, 2022. Judging will take place December 12th – 19th, 2022 by local artist Max Grover. Please drop off your Gingerbread House to the Port Townsend Public Library during library hours at 1220 Lawrence Street. Winners will be announced Dec. 22nd, 2022. Call the library at 360-385-3181 with questions. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Port Townsend Public Library, you can pick up FREE Gingerbread House Kits to get you started at the Port Townsend Library from November 21st – 30th, 2022 (while supplies last).
Holiday Pet Pawtraits with Santa
December 18th, 1-4 at the Chamber, renowned photographer Jeffrey Fong will along with Santa be on site taking holiday photos of your pet. Proceeds of this event benefit Kiwanis as well as the Community Development Fund providing small business grants in Jefferson County.
Please register your pet(s) to reserve your spot between 1 and 4 pm. This event is open to the public with no memberships of any kind required. Please register for the time frame you prefer. There are limited registrations for each hour to ensure you and your pet a fabulous Santa experience.
Steaming Up the Holidays
Whether you rock gears and goggles, bustle or bowler, this is the holiday opportunity to come out and kick it old school. Olympic Express Big Band brings sassy, brassy horns and rhythm for an absinthe-infused evening of dancing. The Brass Screw Consortium and Olympic Peninsula Steam invite you to join us at the American Legion Hall where the halls are decked, the hosts are jolly, and the fruit cake will keep you toasty all night long. Come as you are – Victorian, Steampunk, fancy dress, blue jeans. It’s the spirit, the season and the swing that matter!
December 17th, from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Tour the Winter Lights
The Port Townsend Main Street Program is lighting up Port Townsend! Sparkling white lights decorate the trees in the historic districts. Look for illuminated snowflakes coming to Uptown. The PT Main Street Program winter lights program runs November-February thanks to the City of Port Townsend LTAC. Main Street elves will be busy decorating. The Haller Fountain and Bell Tower lighting designs are created by Fyerlite Grip and Lighting Services.
These 2022 Holiday Happenings are sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, participating businesses, the City of Port Townsend and Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), New American Funding, and Richmond American Homes. Media sponsors include the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader and KPTZ 91.9 FM.
On Saturday October 8, 2022 from 10am to 3pm, join us at the Jefferson County Chamber for the 1st Annual EV EXPO!
Located on Jefferson Street in front of the Chamber and Visitor Information Center, we are showcasing EVs, EV benefits, and new EV technology. The expo will also feature panels on topics such as cost of ownership, FAQs on charging, and how to choose the right EV for you.
For more information, please visit the Chamber’s website.