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 12:00pm – 4:00pm; with special Christmas Eve hours of 11:00am – 3:00pm

November 26th: The Good Stuff Arts – the Anacortes Visitor Center
December 3rd: Tides of Anacortes – the Anacortes Visitor Center
December 10th: Pearl Buttons – Buer’s Floral
December 17th: Classic Style & Company – Toy Stories
December 24th: the Anacortes Visitor Center

 Keep the Cheer Here

Anacortes Coastal Christmas OrnamentNovember 21st – December 24th, 2016

Keep the Cheer Here is a way for us to thank the local community for supporting our businesses throughout the year! It is also one of the biggest Anacortes Shop Local campaigns, to encourage our community to support local merchants and keep their dollars in town.

Pick up a punch card by shopping at participating stores between November 21st and December 24th and you will be entered to win our weekly and grand prize drawings worth over $1,000!

New This Year – join in on the fun across the island with Double Punch Wednesdays, happening December 7th, 14th and 21st. Get two punches for every $10 you spend. Shops will also stay open late, until 7:30pm, on Wednesday the 14th and 21st. Shop local and peruse the delights on the island – with twinkling white lights and a crisp feel to the air, you can’t help but feel the magic of the season!

Click here for a full list of participating Anacortes businesses.

 Schedule of Holiday Events

November 10-13th
Nutcracker Holiday Gift Show (Free!)
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

November 19th & 20thAnacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
10th 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 2nd
Annual Chamber Tree Lighting (Free!)
Downtown comes alive with the festival spirit the weekend of December 2nd 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 inside of the building.
Location: 819 Commercial Avenue
Time: 6pm

December 2nd
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.  Multiple restaurants will be open to grab a hot meal and relax with your friends.
Location: Downtown Anacortes
Time: 6pm-9pm

December 2nd & 3rdAnacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
Resurrection Derby ($400 per team)
Check-in is Thursday December 1st. 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 3rd
Christmas Parade (Free!)
Sponsored by Lion’s Club. The Anacortes Lion’s Club Christmas Parade starts at 12 noon – setup begins at 11am and anyone can participate! Lining up on Third Street, between “O” and Commercial avenue are floats, vans with passengers, walkers and bicycles. Lining up on Second Street are horses and horse carriages. Lining up on Third Street, between “N” and “O” Avenues are fire department and emergency vehicles. Lining up on Commercial Avenue, next to the rope factory are cars and car club entries.
Location: Downtown Anacortes
Time: 11am

December 3rd
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 3rd
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 online. On Saturday, stop by after the parade for live entertainment.
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
Time: 12 noon – 5pm

December 3rd
Breakfast with Santa ($6)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the jolly guy himself. Event ticket includes a photo as well. RSVP at 293-1918 or
Location: Anacortes Senior Center – 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes
Time: 8am-11am

December 3rd
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 4th
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.
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
Time: 12 noon – 5pm

December 9th & 10th
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 10th & 11th
Fidalgo DanceWorks presents The Nutcracker Ballet ($12-$17)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
The annual tradition of our breathtaking Nutcracker will perform December 10 and 11 at Brodniak Hall.
Location: Anacortes High School; Brodniak Hall – 1600 20th Street, Anacortes
Time: 730pm on December 10th; 2:30pm on December 11th

December 14th
Celtic Christmas Celebration
The Port of Anacortes presents the 6th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration. Featuring Geoffrey Castle and his All Star Band. With special guests from the Seattle Irish Dance Company, and from the Seattle Opera Pamela Castella & Veronica Castella-Nim, 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 15th-17th
Deck the Docks at Cap Sante Marina
Join us for a weekend of festive fun – deck your boat out in bright lights and decorations! Enjoy a hot cocoa as you stroll C Dock and see the festive decorated boats. Make sure to cast your vote for your favorite! There will be receptacles for non perishable foods as well as toys on site. Boat parade planned for the Saturday the 17th, weather permitting. Call the Marina to reserve your spot at 360-293-0694.
Location: Cap Sante Marina – 1019 Q Avenue

December 17th
Jingle Bell Dash 5k Run/Walk & Kids Dash to Santa
Join AAUW-Anacortes for the 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Dash 5k Run/Walk and Kids Dash to Santa, and help raise money for AAUW STEM programs for girls in our Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornamentcommunity. AAUW-Anacortes sponsors STEM programs for girls at Anacortes Middle School and Anacortes High School. Nominated by teachers and counselors, programs include Tech Trek for 7th graders, science and math achievement awards for 8th graders, and scholarships for seniors in Math, Science and Technology. Click here to learn more online.
Location: Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building – 601 Seafarers Way
Times: Registration begins at 9am

December 17th
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 17th and feature jazz, tap, modern, swing and musical theater. This will be a show that should not be missed!
Location: Anacortes High School; Brodniak Hall – 1600 20th Street, Anacortes
Time: 3:00pm

 Anacortes Community Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

ACT Presents: The Best Christmas Pageant EverAfter more than a decade this hilarious Christmas classic returns to the ACT stage. Church volunteers, struggling to present a Christmas pageant are faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively, awful kids in history. This delightful family comedy is a holiday classic with a few favorite Christmas carols and lots of laughs! Directed by ACT veteran Cally Holden.

Location: Anacortes Community Theatre – 918 M Ave, Anacortes

Fees/Admission: All Seats are reserved and are $20.

Thursday Dec 1, 8, 15
Friday Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16
Saturday Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Sunday Dec 4, 11

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