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!
Holiday Trolley Schedule
Saturdays, November 30 and December 7, 14, & 21 from 12pm to 4pm
Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides are available for FREE. Get together with a group of friends to enjoy the sights and sounds, as the trolley can hold 18-24 people!
Keep the Cheer Here
Keep the Cheer Here is a way 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 19th and December 24th and you will be entered to win weekly and grand prize drawings!
New This Year – join in on the fun across the island with Double Punch Sunday! 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!
Schedule of Holiday Events
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!
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 1, from 8am to 11am
Anacortes Senior Center
Come enjoy a hot pancake & sausage breakfast with your family and friends. Santa will be on site for visits and photos. There is a cookie decorating station and some festive holiday entertainment for you to enjoy while you eat your breakfast. $6 per ticket.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6, from 6pm to 7pm
819 Commercial Avenue
Come down the Chamber to celebrate the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. The town crier, Santa Claus, and students from local Anacortes schools will enrich this celebration with performances. Free pictures with Santa after the lighting.
Following the tree lighting, the public is invited to explore the downtown holiday Art Walk to find locally crafted gifts in local stores and galleries. Multiple restaurants will be open to grab a hot meal and relax with your friends.
Come Celebrate the Season with the Anacortes Schools Foundation at our annual “Dream It” Dinner Auction. Enjoy dinner in the magical holiday village we create inside the Port Event Center. The evening features lots of holiday cheer including great food, a live auction, exciting raffles, entertainment and more. All proceeds support the Anacortes Schools Foundation and its mission to provide student scholarships and educational enrichment to Anacortes students. Tickets available online at https://www.asfkids.org/
The Anacortes Lion’s Club Christmas Parade starts at 11am. Setup begins at 10am and anyone can participate! Lining up on Third Street, between “O” and Commercial Avenue: floats, vans with passengers, walkers and bicycles. Lining up on Second Street: horses and horse carriages. Lining up on Third Street, between “N” and “O” Avenues: fire department and emergency vehicles. Lining up on Commercial Avenue, next to the rope factory: cars and car club entries.
The Anacortes Schools Foundation invites families to “Celebrate the Season.” We transform the Port Event Center into a magical holiday village that will delight all ages. Come to the Port Event Center after the holiday parade on Saturday to get a photo with Santa, and enjoy live entertainment, cookies and hot cocoa. Rotary’s “Whoville” is also part of the fun and will feature games and crafts. Sunday features Gingerbread all day! Adult and students teams will battle it out, or you can decorate your own mini-house. Admission is FREE.
Celtic Christmas Concert
Wednesday, December 11, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Events Center, 100 Commercial Avenue
The Port of Anacortes presents a Celtic Christmas Celebration. Featuring Geoffrey Castle and his All Star Band. To purchase VIP seating ($25.00) visit PortofAnacortes.com or call 360-293-3134. General Admission FREE with donation of a new un-wrapped toy or nonperishable food item.
Wonderland Walk at Washington Park
Friday and Saturday, December 13 – 14, from 5pm to 8pm
Come take a Walk in the Woods at Washington Park. The Wonderland Walk is a FREE community event that is all about the spirit of the holidays. Various camp sites get decorated by local community members, service groups and businesses. We recommend you carpool to the event and that you bring a flashlight or a head lamp to help guide you to the event.