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!
With dozens of community activities throughout the season there is something for everyone. This season can be a magical time to visit, with the town lit up for the winter nights, great rates on local hotels and bed & breakfasts, and warm inviting restaurants to welcome you in from your brisk hikes at local parks or strolls down main street.
Shoppers can enter to win prizes from local retailers during the Keep the Cheer Here promotion that runs from November 23rd through December 31st. Keep the Cheer Here is the Anacortes Shop Local campaign, to encourage our community to continue supporting local businesses and keep their dollars in town. This is also a way for us to thank our community members for shopping locally throughout the year!
The weekend of December 4th will ring in the Christmas season with the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday night at 6pm, followed by the downtown holiday art walk and Lion’s Club Christmas Parade on Saturday. The town will be aglow with cheery lights and colorful window displays to explore.
Starting November 28th visitors can enjoy old fashion horse-drawn trolley rides around the historic downtown every Saturday from noon to 4pm. 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!
The second weekend in December transforms the 220 acres Washington Park into a Winter Wonderland Walk, free for the public to enjoy. Local service groups, clubs, businesses and families sign up to decorate campsites with elaborate displays, festive lights and holiday cheer. Hot cocoa, s’mores and treats can be found throughout the event. Live entertainment fills the evening and visitors are encouraged to join in the caroling.
Click here for a full listing of events, complete with location and costs (where applicable), and enjoy this Coastal Christmas.
Happy Holidays to all!