Anacortes Coastal Christmas

Anacortes Coastal Christmas

Shop. Play. Eat. Stay. for the Holidays

We invite you to join us for an Anacortes Coastal Christmas.
Friends old and new stroll, mix, mingle and meet. Light the tree, sing a carol, take a trolley ride.
Anacortes shines with music and festivities galore!
Stay for the day or the night – Shop. Play. Eat. Stay and Rejoice!

 Trolley Schedule

Anacortes Coastal Christmas OrnamentDowntown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides are available for FREE – get a group of friends and enjoy the sights and sounds together, as the trolley can hold 18-24 people!

Available on Saturdays from November 28, 2014 to December 19, 2014 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Locations include:
November 28th: Buers Floral & Vintage – Refeather Your Nest
December 5th: Tides of Anacortes – Scott Milo Gallery
December 12th: Alley Cat Antiques – Donatello Gifts
December 19th: Toy Stories – Majestic Inn & Spa

 Keep the Cheer Here

Anacortes Coastal Christmas OrnamentNovember 23rd – December 31st, 2015

Keep the Cheer Here is the Anacortes Shop Local campaign, to encourage our community to support local businesses and keep their dollars in town. This is a way for us to thank the local community for supporting our businesses throughout the year!

Pick up a punch card by shopping at participating stores between November 23rd and December 31st and you will be entered to win our weekly and grand prize drawings worth over $1,000!

Click here for a full list of participating Anacortes businesses.

 Schedule of Holiday Events

November 12-15th
Nutcracker Holiday Gift Show (Free!)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
The Anacortes Nutcracker Holiday gift show has beautiful holiday gift items, decorations and crafts, handmade by talented artists and crafters from throughout Skagit County. This unique show will offer many treasures for those special gifts. Come find unique gifts for those special people in your life! A fabulous event and it is FREE!! Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Location: The Depot Arts Center 611 “R” Avenue
Thursday 9am-7pm
Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-7pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

November 21st & 22nd
9th Annual Anacortes Farmers Market Holiday Event (Free!)
Each year, the weekend before Thanksgiving we host this special two-day indoor event at the Port of Anacortes. Our regular season has ended and this is a fabulous opportunity to get your holiday produce, stock up on your favorite vendors’ goods and find that perfect handmade holiday gift. It’s also a great time to check out the cool Port building, have a bite to eat and visit with market friends and win a door prize! Free admittance!
Location: 100 Commercial Avenue at the Port Event Center
Times: 10am-4pm each day

December 4th
Annual Chamber Tree Lighting (Free!)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
Downtown comes alive with the festival spirit the weekend of December 4th with the annual Anacortes Chamber of Commerce’s Community Tree Lighting ceremony. The event features the town crier, Santa Claus and performances by students from Anacortes schools. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided by the Salvation Army. Attendees can also get a free picture with Santa.
Location: 819 Commercial Avenue
Time: 6pm

December 4th
Chamber Holiday Art Walk (Free!)
Following the tree lighting, the public is invited to explore the downtown holiday art-walk to find locally crafted gifts. They can also vote for their favorite downtown holiday window display and listen to local choirs caroling on the street corners to raise funds for local charities in town. Restaurants will be open to grab a hot meal.
Location: Downtown Anacortes
Time: 6pm-9pm

December 4th & 5th
Resurrection Derby ($400 per team)
Ticket sales end December 2nd. The Resurrection Derby was established in 2010 to honor the heavyweight tournaments of the past. Drawing anglers from Oregon to Canada and beyond, this event has become the “best of the best” salmon derby in the Pacific Northwest. All proceeds from the event go directly towards Puget Sound salmon enhancement. Promoting good sportsmanship, environmental awareness, economic benefits of recreational angling and providing for future generations is our mission.
Location: Cap Sante Marina

December 5th
Christmas Parade (Free!)
Sponsored by Lion’s Club
Location: Downtown Anacortes
Time: 11am

December 5th
Chamber Holiday Art Walk (Free!)
The public is invited to explore the downtown holiday art-walk to find locally crafted gifts.
Location: Downtown Anacortes
Time: 10am-4pm

December 5th
Celebrate the Season – Opening Day ($5 per person/$20 per family at the door)
Enter a winter wonderland at the Port Transit Event Center with activities for the whole family. This annual event held by the Anacortes Schools Foundation features photos with Santa, hot chocolate & cookies, crafts & games, unique gifts, and gift wrapping. All proceeds benefit students in the Anacortes School District. More information is available at On Saturday, stop by after the parade for the following live entertainment
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
1 PM An-O-Chords
2 PM Dance Center troupe
3 PM The magic of Elliott Hofferth
4 PM AHS Band

December 6th
Breakfast with Santa ($6)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
Breakfast, entertainment, craft, and photos with Santa
RSVP at 293-1918 or
Location: Anacortes Senior Center – 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes
Time: 8am-11am

December 6th
Saint Nicholas Feast Day with the Croatian Cultural Center
• 10:30am – Feast of Saint Nicholas Mass at Saint Mary Church. Entrance procession with icon of St. Nicholas by the members of the Croatian community
• 11:45am – End of Mass; car procession with Saint Nicholas icon to the Seafarers Memorial Park.
• Noon – Assemble at Seafarers Memorial Park for placement of icon and the laying of wreath and roses at Our Lady of the Sea.
• Eternal Father – Navy Hymn sung by the An-O-Chords.
• Blessing of Mariners and fleet by Fr. Marion, OSB, pastor of St. Mary.
• 12:30pm – Return icon to Croatian Cultural Center located at 801 5th St. in Anacortes WA. Children to meet with St. Nicholas and be gifted with tangerines and chocolate gold coins. Listen to the story of St. Nicholas as narrated by Michael Petrish, and then enjoy a no-host luncheon of Croatian food and seasonal pastries.
Please call the Croatian Cultural Center if you plan to attend the celebration so that the planners can provide enough food – 360-299-2525

December 6th
Celebrate the Season ($5 per person/$20 per family at the door)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
Enter a winter wonderland at the Port Transit Event Center with activities for the whole family. This annual event held by the Anacortes Schools Foundation features photos with Santa, hot chocolate & cookies, crafts & games, unique gifts, and gift wrapping. All proceeds benefit students in the Anacortes School District. On Sunday there will be gingerbread ALL DAY!
Watch Adult and Student teams battle it out (1 – 4 PM)
Guests can also decorate their own mini-gingerbread house
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
Time: 12 noon – 5pm

December 11th & 12th
Winter Wonderland Walk at Washington Park (Free!)
Come out to Washington Park and enjoy a nice walk through the Wonderland Walk At Washington Park event. Local service groups, clubs, businesses and families sign up to decorate campsites with festive lights and holiday cheer. This is a FREE community event and we encourage you to come on out to this popular event. We recommend that you bring your own flashlight or headlamp to help guide your way
Location: Washington Park – Sunset Avenue, Anacortes
Time: 5pm-8pm

December 12th & 13th
Fidalgo DanceWorks presents The Nutcracker Ballet ($12-$17)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
The annual tradition of our breathtaking Nutcracker will perform December 12 and 13 at Brodniak Hall. Rehearsals are underway with an incredibly talented cast. Tickets will be available starting the end of November.
Location: Anacortes High School; Brodniak Hall – 1600 20th Street, Anacortes
Time: 730pm

December 12th
Celebrate the Season – Dream It Dinner and Auction ($45, Reservations Required)
Enter a winter wonderland at the Port Transit Event Center. The Dream It Dinner and Auction supports STEM enrichment programs throughout the Anacortes School District. Join us for a fun evening featuring dinner catered by Gere-a-Deli, a lively auction with many fantastic items generously donated by local community members and businesses, and entertainment and dancing. Help us bring the very best educational opportunities to all of our students. All proceeds benefit students in the Anacortes School District. Doors open at 5:30 PM, reservations recommended
Tickets available at
Time: 5:30pm-8:30am

December 16th
Celtic Christmas Celebration
The Port of Anacortes presents the 5th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration sponsored by Shell Puget Sound Refinery. Featuring Geoffrey Castle and his All Star Band. With special guests Irish Tenor Connor Dunworley, Seattle Irish Dance Company, Special Vocal Guests, plus Town Crier Richard Riddell and a visit from Santa Claus.
To purchase VIP seating visit or call 360-299-1822
General Admission FREE with donation of a new un-wrapped toy or nonperishable food item.
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center – 100 Commercial Avenue
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm

December 16th-19th
Deck the Docks at Cap Sante MarinaAnacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
Join us for a weekend of festive fun – deck your boat out in bright lights and decorations! Get free moorage at C Dock when you decorate your boat. There will also be a Cocoa Crawl & public viewing of lit boats on Saturday the 19th from 4-730pm. Call the Marina to reserve your spot at 360-293-0694.
Location: Cap Sante Marina – 1019 Q Avenue

December 19th
Jingle Bell Dash 5k Run/Walk & Kids Dash to Santa
Join AAUW-Anacortes for the Jingle Bell Dash 5k Run/Walk and Kids Dash to Santa, and help raise money for AAUW STEM programs for girls in our community. Additionally, the Kids Dash to Santa will raise non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army food bank in Anacortes. Click here to learn more online.
Location: Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building – 601 Seafarers Way
Times: Registration begins at 9am

December 19th
Fidalgo Danceworks: Winter Celebration
We will celebrate the season of winter with a wonderful production of Winter Celebration featuring our contemporary dance styles. The show will perform December 19th and feature jazz, tap, modern, swing and musical theater. This will be a show that should not be missed!

 Anacortes Community Theatre presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Adapted from the wonderful C.S. Lewis story we follow the exploits of four children who are sent to live with their uncle during World War I. Lucy finds a magical wardrobe that takes her into a mysterious land called Narnia. The others follow her into Narnia which is under a spell of winter cast by the White Witch. She knows a prophecy about the children and holds young Edward captive. The children find a number of forest friends in Narnia, including a large lion named Aslan. Together they will fight the White Witch to to release her spell and free Edward. This extraordinary family performance is directed by ACT favorite, Julie Wenzel.

Location: Anacortes Community Theatre – 918 M Ave, Anacortes

Fees/Admission: All Seats are reserved and are $18.

Dates: Friday Nov 27, Dec 4,11,18
Saturday Nov 28, Dec 5,12, 19
Sunday Dec 6,13
Thursday Dec 3,10,17

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