Holidays in Port Townsend

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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. 22, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy Thanksgiving Brunch at Fort Worden.

Nov. 23, Black Friday—Let the shopping begin!

Nov. 23-24, Port Townsend Arts Guild Holiday Craft Fair in Uptown.

Nov. 23-Dec. 28, Key City Public Theatre – Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) 

Nov. 24, Main Street Small Business Saturday & Merchant Holiday Open House!
Celebrate local businesses at this nation-wide event. 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. 24, Merchant Holiday Window Contest winners announced.

Dec. 1 – Jan. 12, Aldrich’s Gingerbread Contest, drop off your creations at Aldrich’s Market, 940 Lawrence St. from Dec. 1- Jan 12. Judging on Jan. 12 at 1 pm.

Dec. 1, 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. 1, 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 refreshmsantaents 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. 1, 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. 6-30, “Spirit of the Yule,” a holiday musical, is Port Townsend’s own Christmas Carol by Linda Dowdell and Denies Winter.

Dec. 8, 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. 8, 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. 15, 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.

Dec. 15, 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.
choo choo rides 2014

Dec. 15, 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. 15, 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. 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.

Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Party at the USO Building, 8 pm-1 am.

Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Brunch at Reveille in the Fort Worden Commons.

Jan. 12, Aldrich’s Gingerbread Contest Judging in Uptown at 1 pm. Drop off your creations at Aldrich’s Market, 940 Lawrence St. by Jan. 12.

Subject to change


MAIN STREET ORNAMENT ~ Purchase a collectible Main Street Christmas ornament featuring original art by Jolene Sunding. Ornaments are $12, proceeds help fund the holiday activities of the Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


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The Holidays in Port Townsend are sponsored by the Port Townsend Main Street Program, First FederalEnjoy PT, SOS Printing, KPTZ  91.9FM Radio Port Townsend, The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, and generous Port Townsend merchants.

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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