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 Ornament

Downtown 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 in December from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

December 2nd:
Classic Style & Co at the Visitor Information Center, 819 Commercial Avenue
Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse, 520 Commercial Avenue

December 9th:
ACME Creative, 705 Commercial Avenue
Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Avenue

December 16th:
The Good Stuff Arts, 604 Commercial Avenue
Toy Stories, 1005 9th Street

December 23rd:
Anacortes Olive Oil & Vinegar Bar, 704 Commercial Avenue
Alley Cat Antiques, 208 Commercial Avenue

 Keep the Cheer Here

Anacortes Coastal Christmas OrnamentNovember 20th – December 24th, 2017

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 20th 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! Get two punches for every $10 you spend.  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 18th & 19thAnacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
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 1st
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 1st
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

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December 2nd
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 2nd
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 2nd
Celebrate the Season – Opening Day (Free!)
Fun for the whole family as Anacortes Schools Foundation opens a winter wonderland at the Port’s Transit Event Center. Saturday will feature afternoon entertainment by the Fidalgo Elementary School Choir, Wren & Della, a local juggling duo, plus other entertainment. Event benefits students in the Anacortes School District. Stop by after the Christmas Parade. More information at
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
Time: 12 noon-4pm

December 2nd
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 2nd
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 2nd
Celebrate the Season Dream It dinner & fundraiser
The signature event of “Celebrate the Season” is the “Dream It” dinner and auction on Dec. 2. This will be a lively evening featuring dinner catered by Gere-a-Deli, a live auction followed by the Patrick McHenry live band. Doors open at 6:30 pm. At the Port of Anacortes Events Center, foot of Commercial Ave. Sponsored by Anacortes Schools Foundation. Tickets are available for $50 per person on the Web at or in person at Johnny Picasso’s downtown. More information at
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
Time: 6:30pm-10pm

December 3rd
Celebrate the Season – Day Two (Free!)Anacortes Coastal Christmas Ornament
On Sunday afternoon, the focus will be on Gingerbread. Student and adult teams will test their creativity as they compete in decorating gingerbread houses for prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Gingerbread entries will be judged by a panel of community leaders. In addition, children of all ages will be able to decorate mini-houses of their own to take home. Event benefits students in the Anacortes School District. More information at
Location: Port of Anacortes Event Center
Time: 12 noon-4pm

December 8th & 9th
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 9th & 10th
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 13th
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