Holiday Events 2019

There are so many different events happening on the Kitsap Peninsula during the months of November and December. Why not take an extra day or two off and make it a nice long weekend? It's a perfect time to spend some quality, one-on-one time with family and friends. Visit our lodging page for warm and comfy places for you or out of town guests to stay on the Kitsap Peninsula. According to research...there are lots of employees with lots of un-used vacation days just waiting to be use for a little R&R.

Celebrate the Holiday Season on the Kitsap Peninsula - Cities and towns around the Kitsap Peninsula region are glowing with bright colored lights, festive window displays, and lots of holiday cheer to share with visiting family and friends. Celebrate holiday concerts, tree lightings, lighted boat parades, cultural celebrations, holiday entertainment and lots of parties in breweries, bars and clubs from Kingston to Gig Harbor.


December 6-8 - Bainbridge Island Studio Tour 
Celebrate the beauty and craftsmanship of local, handmade art during this annual tour of local studios to meet artists, discuss their work and vision in person. Details at:

December 6-8 - Christmas in the Country - Bainbridge Island
Founded in 1993, a grassroots, homespun approach to celebrating the holidays gathering with family and friends to enjoy shopping for handmade, unique gifts. Details at:

December 6 - Winter Fest - "Magic in Manette" - Bremerton
Santa will arrive on a fire truck and Santa’s grotto will be located in the Manette Saloon. There will be music and treats, scavenger hunt, selfies with Santa. Sing carols and enjoy the tree lighting ceremony. More info.

December 7 - Winter Fest Treelighting with Santa - Downtown Bremerton
Come stroll around downtown and stop into our museums, shops, & cafes to see exhibits and to enjoy holiday refreshments! 
Santa will be there as well as BHS Marching Band and finale is tree the lighting with Santa. More info.

December 7 - Julefest & Poulsbo's Sons of Norway Holiday Bazaar
Celebrate traditional Scandinavian holiday event all day long and into the night. Shop at the holiday  bazaar at Sons of Norway, dance around the tree, and greet the Santa Lucia bride as she arrives by boat and then joined by "Vikings" to light the bon fire. Details at:

December 7 - Chimes of Lights & Holiday Festival - Port Orchard
Classic family holiday evening with hay-wagon rides, arts & crafts bazaar, storytelling, tree lighting, Christmas Lane lighted boats at marina, and fireworks. For pet lovers there is the annual Pouch & Purr Holiday Pet Parade and costume contest. More info.

December 7 - Kingston Cove Christmas & Lighting Festival  
The fun starts in the afternoon with activities and refreshments for all ages and last into the night with the largest lighted display in the region. Half a million individual lighted figures forming flowers, sea creatures and holiday images. Holiday gift fair at Village Green Community Center. More info: Details

December 7 - Port Orchard Jingle Bell Run
Join this popular holiday-themed 5K race to help conquer arthritis! Family friendly. Starts at City Hall. Visit website for registration details.

December 13 - Gig Harbor Light Up the Night: St. Lucia Festival
Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage at Harbor History Museum’s 6th Annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia Festival. Crafts, games, and traditional Scandinavian snacks are the star at this family-friendly event. Details.

December 14 - Bainbridge Island Winter Wonderland
A fun holiday event for the whole family. Includes light displays, face painting, balloon clowns, holiday present crafts, Santa Claus, cider & cookies, ice sculptures, holiday music and reindeer. More info: Details.

December 14 & 15 - Port Gamble Country Christmas
Visitors will enjoy a variety of festival holiday activities, including horse-drawn hayrides through a town sparkling with over 100,000 holiday lights, craft-making for the kids at Santa’s workshop, followed by Western Washington’s only holiday fireworks display. More info. 

December 21- Heronswood Solstice Celebration - Kingston
The celebration of the annual journey of the sun is one of the most ancient and significant celebrations in human history. Join us for a community-oriented, contemplative candlelit walk through the garden this Winter Solstice. Click here for details.

Visit us at for more events through December and New Year Eve Celebrations. 

Festive Holiday Performances

Lighted Boat Parades

Lighted Boat Parades

The Christmas Ship | Departs from Poulsbo
December 3rd 2019 | 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard, to follow boats and to communities gathered on shore. More info. 

Christmas Lane - Port Orchard
December 6-8
This is the 45th Anniversary of Christmas Lane. Come join up and decorate your boat for this fun annual event that includes free moorage for participants (with a $4.00/night electricity fee), awesome food, and amazing camaraderie! Learn more

Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 14, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Parade route starts at Arabella’s Marina, turns inside the harbor entrance, heads down harbor passing Anthony’s and the marinas & back by the city dock. Route goes twice around. More info.

Port Orchard Lighted Boat Parade
December 14 | 4:45pm
Parade begins near the Southworth Ferry Terminal  and continues north along the shoreline through Rich Passage and into the Port Orchard harbor. More info.

Poulsbo Lighted Ship Parade
December 14 | 5:00pm
PYC's Lighted Ships and festive guest ships will parade past the Poulsbo waterfront. Entertainment in afternoon & evening, featuring local youth choirs and Poulsbo Community Orchestra's Viking Brass. More info.

Bremerton Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parades
December 20 | 6:10pm | Phinney Bay, Port Washington Bay & Sinclair Inlet
December  21 | 6:10pm | Phinney Bay, Oyster Bay and Dyes Inlet
If requested, Santa will call out a message to your family and friends as he passes your location on the Santa Boat. More info.

Community Holiday Tree Lighting Events

Community Holiday Tree Lighting Events

Poulsbo Tree Lighting - November 29
WinterFest Tree Lighting with Santa - December 7 | 5 - 8 pm
Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton. Santa arrives at 7 pm, sing carols and tree lighting. More info.

Kingston Cove Christmas Light Display - December 7 | 5 - 8 pm | Port of Kingston
As part of the Kingston Cove Christmas Lighting Festival. Half a million individual lights make it one of the largest holiday light display in the region. More info. 

Port Orchard Tree Lighting - December 7 | 5 - 6:30 pm
As part of the Port Orchard Festival of Chimes and Lights. More info. 

Gig Harbor Tree Lighting - December 7 | 5 - 6:30 pm. More info.

Bainbridge Island Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting | December 14 - 5 pm
Part of the Winter Wonderland festivities. More info. 

U-Cut Tree Farms

U-Cut Tree Farms

Choosing your own tree is a wonderful way to get family and friends into the holiday spirit! 
Click here for U-Cut and Pre-Cut Tree Farm locations around the Kitsap Peninsula.