“Enjoy A Flurry Of Winter Fun”
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Enjoy a flurry of winter fun in Port Townsend! Yuletide events, roving carolers and Port Townsend’s own holiday musical add to the festive spirit. Many stores will be open later and offer in-store treats on Saturday, November 25th and Saturday, December 2nd. Port Townsend has holiday shopping covered–there are thousands of great gifts available in the historic districts—Uptown and Downtown. Individually-owned businesses offer the personal touch and are a welcome contrast to anonymous malls or online buying. Gifts purchased from destination stores, restaurant gift certificates, movie passes, theatre tickets, nonprofit event tickets and local artwork are examples of thoughtful gifts loved ones will remember long after the holidays.
Very Merry Events
Nov. 23, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy Thanksgiving Brunch at Fort Worden.
Nov. 24, Black Friday—Kick off of Main Street Flurry of Winter Fun campaign. Let the shopping begin!
Nov. 24-25, Port Townsend Arts Guild Holiday Craft Fair in Uptown.
Nov. 25, Main Street Small Business Saturday & Merchant Holiday Open House!
Celebrate local businesses at this nation-wide event. See more at “About Small Business Saturday” americanexpress.com. Caroling in the streets with the Wild Rose Chorale Uptown and Downtown from 2-4 pm, in-store treats, many shops open later til 7 pm. Have fun shopping and dining in town!
Nov. 25, Merchant Holiday Window Contest winners announced.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, “Spirit of the Yule,” a holiday musical, is Port Townsend’s own Christmas Carol by Linda Dowdell and Denies Winter. KeyCityPublicTheatre.org
Dec. 1 – Dec. 14, Aldrich’s Gingerbread Contest, drop off your creations at Aldrich’s Market, 940 Lawrence St. from Dec. 1-14. Judging on Dec. 16 at 1 pm.
Dec. 2, Toys for Tots hosted by Kiwanis “Fill the Bus with Toys” Every year Kiwanis, Toys for Tots and Christmas for Kids along with Jefferson County transit parks a bus at the Port Townsend Visitors Center Parking Lot on Sims way. Drop by and drop off a toy, or a donation; have a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.
Dec. 2, Main Street Treelighting Celebration and Santa Visit! There’s caroling in the streets with the Wild Rose Chorale from 1 to 3 pm, in-store refreshments and many shops will be open later. Come to Haller Fountain for the annual Community treelighting and Santa visit at 4:30 pm. Santa arrives by the Kiwanis Choo Choo Train to light the community tree. After the Treelighting, Santa visits with children at the Pope Marine Building, 100 Madison Street.
Dec. 2, First Saturday Art Walk hosted in galleries and stores. Great holiday gift ideas made by local artists. Enjoy refreshments and shop for artistic gifts you won’t find anywhere else.
Dec. 2, Hand Work Studio Holiday Sale at The Cotton Building, 607 Water St. from 12-8 pm.
Dec. 2, Pop-Up Boutique and Festival of the Wreaths event at PT Cannery, 111 Quincy Street. Artists will have jackets, scarves, hats, and jewelry on sale with 40% of the proceeds going to the Fund for Women & Girls. In addition, the Jefferson Healthcare Foundation is once again doing their Festival of Wreaths where you can buy a wreath and support JHC Foundation at the same time! Give and Get!
Dec. 9, Main Street/Kiwanis Choo Choo Rides for Families 1-4 pm; suggested donation of $5 per person benefits the arts in the schools program. Meet in front of Pope Marine Park (On Water St. between Madison & Monroe Streets)
Dec. 9, Visit the Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market for your holiday gifts. When you give locally your give twice. You get an amazing and creative gift for your loved one and you support our local economy.
Dec. 9, New Old Time Chautauqua presents a benefit performance Holiday Jugglers’ Ball at the American Legion, 7 pm.
Dec. 15, KPTZ’s Tossed Salad will be on stage in the Pope Marine Park Building from 1-5 pm. Included in the show are live music, live interviews, recorded oddities from Christmases past, and possibly some drama (of the good sort). Take a break from shopping and join us for a few minutes or a few hours.
Dec. 15-17, Thunderbull Productions presents the Flying Karamazov Brothers at Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden.
Dec. 16, Open Parlor Tours – Visit historic inns and homes of Port Townsend with their halls bedecked for the holidays. Self-guided tours run 12-4 pm. Enjoy seasonal music and tasty treats. www.op-s.net/yule.
Dec. 16, Yuletide Brass Ball – Father Christmas will be on hand, along with plenty of mistletoe to steam up the holidays with music from Olympic Express Big Band. Whether you rock gears and goggles, bustle or bowler, this is your holiday opportunity to come out and kick it old school. Coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam. www.op-s.net/yule.
Dec. 16, Main Street/Kiwanis Choo Choo Rides for Families, 1-4 pm; suggested donation of $5 per person benefits the arts in the schools program. Meet in front of Pope Marine Park (On Water St. between Madison & Monroe Streets)
Dec. 16, Holiday Farmers Market and Season Closing on Tyler Street and inside the Port Townsend Community Center from 10 am- 2 pm. Shop inside for local arts and crafts, fresh food for your winter celebrations and more!
Dec. 16 & 17, 14th Annual Procrastinators’ Holiday Fair in Flagship Landing, 1007 Water St.
Dec. 21, 1st Annual Port Townsend Winter Solstice Luminary Festival hosted by Twisted History and Velvet Revolution.
Dec. 31, First Night Celebration coordinated by the Jefferson County Historical Society. Admission by donation: suggested $5 per person, $10 for a family. All ages, alcohol-free event on New Year’s Eve featuring live music, children’s activities and the raising of the anchor to ring in the new year. www.jchsmuseum.org
Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Party at the USO Building, 8 pm-1 am. www.fortworden.org
Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Brunch at Reveille in the Fort Worden Commons. www.fortworden.org
Subject to change
MAIN STREET ORNAMENT ~ Purchase a collectible Main Street Christmas ornament featuring original art by Jolene Sunding showcasing the historic Fire Bell Tower. Ornaments are $12, proceeds help fund the holiday activities of the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Available Now at:
- Abracadabra, 936 Water St.
- The Bishop Victorian Hotel, 714 Washington St.
- Conservatory Coastal Home, 639 Water St.
- Don Tiller Studio, 1017 Water St.
- Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Co., 627 Water St.
- First Federal, 1321 W Sims Way
The Green Eyeshade, 720 Water St.Sold Out at this location
- Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St.
- PT Shirt Co., 940 Water St.
- Safeway, 442 W. Sims Way
- Seasons Hair Salon, 914 Washington St. Suite 6
- Quimper Mercantile Co., 1121 Water St.
The Holidays in Port Townsend are sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, First Federal, Enjoy PT, SOS Printing, KPTZ 91.9FM Radio Port Townsend, The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, and generous Port Townsend merchants.