Winter sparkles with festivities and attractions all around Fidalgo Island. Whether you’re here for an outing or a weekend excursion, a tour of the island’s coastal charms will brighten the chilliest of days.
Annual Holiday Farmers Market at the Port Transit Shed – November 17th and 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The two-day market has become the premier pre-holiday event. Stock up on Thanksgiving Day feast necessities like pies, breads and local produce, or holiday goodies, like honey, cheeses and jams. Peruse the booths for that perfect hand-crafted gift, like hand-drawn maps, jewelry and fiber arts or find a one of a kind piece that brings out the personality of your home. Address: 100 Commercial Ave. Holiday Farmers Market
Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail
Meander down the path through mixed conifers to a sandy beach that overlooks Ship Harbor and Guemes Island. Watch cormorants dry out their wings on pilings from days gone by and waterfowl bob at the ferry’s dock in the lapping water. Stroll down the boardwalk through the wetlands and listen for marsh wrens and Virginia rails. In trees you might see flashes of crimson from Red-wing blackbirds flit from branch to branch. Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail
Downtown Holiday Trolley
First Four Saturdays in December, 12pm – 4pm
Downtown Horse Drawn Trolley Rides are available for FREE, and are a great way to see our decorated downtown area. Get together with a group of friends to enjoy the sights and sounds, as the trolley can hold 18-24 people! Get some holiday shopping done, grab a bite to eat, and sing some carols here on Fidalgo Island. Happening Saturdays: December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd.
Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Friday, December 7th come down to 819 Commercial Avenue, starting at 6pm, to celebrate the lighting of the Crab Pot 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, in the Chamber of Commerce Lobby.
Winter Wonderland Walk at Washington Park Campground – December 7th and 8th from 5 to 8 p.m.
The bedecked campgrounds at Washington Park brighten up the season Northwest style. In 2011, the Anacortes Parks & Recreation team came up with the idea to gussy up wooded campsites with festive lights and decorations. Each year the event grows with community groups, businesses and families illuminating their favorite spot with cheerful ornamentation. Carols and music drift through the air. Marshmallows roast over campfires. Cocoa warms chilled hands. It’s a joyous free event for all. Insider tip: A luminary path lights the way to the campsites, but with your own flashlight it feels like a camping adventure.
originally written November 14th, 2014 by Lara Dunning; updated November 10th, 2018