Holidays in Port Townsend

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Holiday Happenings

November 13-14, Key City Public Theatre Dinner Theatre featuring 2 Across by Jerry Mayer. A charming, character driven comedy set aboard a San Francisco BART train, starring Crystal Eisele and Michael Vicha. Every ticket comes with a four-course San Francisco inspired meal designed by the talented Alchemy staff, 842 Washington Street.

November 24, Thanksgiving at the Fort, buffet style dinner at the Commons from 11 am – 3 pm and turkey dinner specials at Taps from 4 pm – 8 pm.

November 25, Black Friday—Kick off of Main Street “Look Here First” campaign. Let the shopping begin!


November 26, Main Street Small Business Saturday & Merchant Holiday Open House!
Celebrate local businesses at this nation-wide event. See more at “About Small Business Saturday” 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!

November 26, “Look Here First” Merchant Holiday Window Contest winners announced.

November 30 – December 30, Wednesdays – Sundays, “Spirit of the Yule,” a new holiday musical, is Port Townsend’s own Christmas Carol by Linda Dowdell and Denies Winter.

December 3, Toys for Tots hosted by KiwanisFill the Bus with Toys” Mo-Chilli BBQ, and Paella House. 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. This year Mo-Chilli BBQ and Paella House will be offering food and donating all profits to the program. 


December 3, 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. Port Townsend school children created dozens of hand-made ornaments for the tree. Santa arrives by the Kiwanis Choo Choo Train to light the community tree. After the Treelighting, Santa visits with children at The Cotton Building, 607 Water Street.

December 3, 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.

December 3, Jefferson Healthcare Foundation Festival of Wreaths, 5:30 – 8:00 pm at 230 Taylor Street. Featuring over 30 beautiful and artistic wreaths created by extraordinary designers in our community. The wreaths can be purchased and the proceeds will go towards the cancer care program at Jefferson Healthcare’s Oncology Clinic.  

December 3-4, PT Shorts, free programs of dramatic readings of contemporary literature, read by critically acclaimed authors, actors, and good orators. Performances will be in Northwind’s downtown location at 701 Water St. at 7:30 pm on Dec. 3rd and 5:30 pm on Dec. 4th.

December 10, 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)

December 10, Hand Work Studio Holiday Sale at The Cotton Building from 11- 7 pm. Shop from 16 local artisans for fantastic, one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list. 

December 10, 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. Wow! Holiday Farmers Markets from 10 am to 2 pm inside of the Community Center. Farmers will be outside for your local produce needs.

December 10, Hand Work Studio Holiday Sale at The Cotton Building from 11- 7 pm. Shop from 16 local artisans for fantastic, one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list.

Art by Michael Hale

Art by Michael Hale

December 16, Gingerbread Contest at Flagship Landing – on display through January 14, 2017. Aldrich’s Gingerbread Contest is Headed Downtown in 2016, drop off your creations at FLAGSHIP LANDING, 1007 Water St. from Dec. 16th – Dec. 30th 2016, Judging Takes Place: January 7th, 2017. Entry form 2016gingerbread-kickoff.

December 17, Big Brass Yule 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 holiday opportunity to come out and kick it old school at the American Legion from 8-11 pm. Coordinated by Olympic Peninsula Steam

December 17, 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. Tickets SOLD OUT Details at

December 17-18, Procrastinator’s 13th Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Sale at The Cotton Building, 607 Water St. Sat. 11 am – 6 pm, Sun. 11 am – 4 pm

choo choo rides 2014December 17, 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)

December 17, Dirty Beat Duo’s 4th Annual Jingle Ball at Cellar Door! Bring a Light ~ Wear a Light ~ Dance with the Light!

December 21A Light in the Darkness ~ A Fire Cabaret & Solstice Celebration at Ichikawa Sushi Bar & Steak House from 7-10 pm. Welcome back the sun and break through the oppressive darkness with a fire performance and dance party.

December 23, Holiday Hi-Jinx Allstar Show in the historic Wheeler Theater in Fort Worden, a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Winter Shelter in Port Townsend. 

December 31, Wine and Wonder, enjoy delicious wine tasting followed by amazing magic of Joey Pipia – all at The Wine Seller’s upstairs gallery.

December 31, First Night Celebration coordinated by the Jefferson County Historical Society ( – Free all ages, alcohol-free event on New Year’s Eve featuring live music, children’s activities and the dropping of the anchor to ring in the new year.

December 31, New Year’s Eve Chef’s Dinner at Taps at the Guardhouse, Fort Worden  

January 1, New Year’s Day Brunch at Fort Worden Commons

MAIN STREET ORNAMENTS ~ Purchase a collectible Main Street Christmas ornament featuring original art by Jason Gould showcasing the Carnegie Library. 2016-ptms-ornamentOrnaments are $12, proceeds help fund the holiday activities of the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

SOLD OUT, thank you to everyone who purchased an ornament this year!

Thanks to Abracadabra, First Federal, The Bishop Victorian Hotel, The Swan HotelConservatory Coastal HomeJefferson Museum of Art & HistoryPT Shirt Co., Safeway, Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Shop, Key City Public Theatre, Old Consulate Inn, Sport TownsendThe Green Eyeshade, Tickled Pink, Quimper Mercantile Co., for helping us sell the ornaments this year.


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The Holidays in Port Townsend are sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, Enjoy PT, First Federal, The Port Townsend & Jefferson County LeaderOlympic Peninsula Steam, SOS Printing, KPTZ 91.9 FM, and generous Port Townsend merchants.

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4 Comments on “Holidays in Port Townsend”

  1. The website for the open parlour tours is not working. We would like to visit at that time. What Saturday’s are the open parlour tours in this December? We’d also also like to visit the Christmas craft fairs. Could you tell me when they are being held? Thank you.

    1. Hi Joanne,
      I just sent an inquiry to Olympic Peninsula Steam about the Open Parlor Tours. They are still working on these and do not have anything lined up yet.

      The Jefferson County Holiday Fair will be Nov. 4 & 5 –
      The Port Townsend Arts Guild Holiday Fair is Nov. 25 & 26 –
      Merchant Open House and Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26.
      We have our annual tree lighting on Dec. 3.

      We are still planning the Holiday Season and will update our website as we finalize info.

      Dawn Pierson
      Program Coordinator
      The Port Townsend Main Street Program

    1. Hi,
      We can mail one to you if you would like. Postage is around $4.
      Please email if you are interested in having us mail one.

      Thank you,
      Dawn Pierson
      The Port Townsend Main Street Program

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