If you’re looking for new family traditions, check out these Christmas activities in Kitsap County. There’s something fun for everyone! Don’t forget to sign up for my VIP Newsletter to see more seasonal events, community news, homeowner tips, real estate advice, and other free resources.
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KCMT Presents Oliver!
Nov 8-24: KCMT invites you to “Consider yourself at home” with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.
John Tesh – Songs & Stories from the Grand Piano (Admiral Theatre)
Nov 22: an intimate evening as he plays songs from his decorated career while recounting personal stories from his journeyed life.
The Nutcracker: Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 29 – Dec 1: Talented dancers from Dance Ensemble Northwest and InMotion Performing Arts Studio make up the incredible cast.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Poulsbo)
Saturdays (through Dec 21): Travel around downtown Poulsbo on a horse-drawn carriage ride, and visit Father Christmas.
$3 Holiday Carousel Rides (Poulsbo)
Dec 6-22: Enjoy a magical ride around the carousel in historic Downtown Poulsbo, after visiting Father Christmas and taking a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Dec 3: The lighted Christmas ship visits Poulsbo, Lemolo, Keyport, and Suquamish with singing choirs on board.
Hometown Band Christmas Concerts
Dec 6, 10, 13 & 15: The Hometown Band is a community band of all volunteers of many ages, levels of experience and abilities.
The Nutcracker: Peninsula Dance Theater
Dec 6 & 7: A timeless classic, The Nutcracker, is an enchanting ballet that delights millions around the world every year. Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center.
Special Santa Holiday Party, Frozen 2 (Bremerton)
Dec 7: Watch the Facebook event page for more details.
Holiday Favorites Concert (Poulsbo)
Dec 8: Join Poulsbo Community Orchestra at the Holiday Concert. Enjoy some holiday classics, as well as a sing along.
The Nutcracker: Academy of Dance (Port Orchard)
Dec 13-14: A traditional version of the ballet featuring a talented cast of child, teen and adult dancers.
A Snow White Christmas (Bremerton)
Dec 13-15: The Wicked Queen hates Christmas and snow… But with the help of the local forest animals, magical snowflakes, the Seven Elves, and Prince Charming himself, the snow finally falls and Christmas cheer comes to the forest! Performed by the Bremerton Community Theatre.
PYC Annual Lighted Ships Parade (Poulsbo)
Dec 14: Celebrating HALF A CENTURY of this wonderful community tradition! Lighted Ships will parade past the Poulsbo waterfront front at approximately 5:15 p.m. Featuring local youth choirs and Poulsbo Community Orchestra’s Viking Brass. Hot cocoa, cookies and holiday memories for all! Send a Santa Shout Out request for your own greeting to those you know along on the parade route to: email@example.com.
Bremerton Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade
Dec 20-21: On Friday night the parade begins in Phinney Bay and progresses through Port Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet. On Saturday the parade runs from Phinney Bay through all of Dyes Inlet.
The Nutcracker: Bainbridge Ballet
Dec 20-23: The Nutcracker is a full-length production with professional sets, costumes and choreography by local dance professionals. We incorporate different dance styles as well as ballet with new choreography and new themes each year.
Markets & Festivals
Holiday Gift and Food Fair (Fairgrounds)
Nov 22-24: This show is the largest and most spectacular show of this type under one roof on the entire Olympic Peninsula.
BARN Bazaar (Bainbridge Island)
Nov 23: Shop hundreds of hand-crafted items at the annual BARN Bazaar! Jewelry, fiber arts, furniture, art prints, carved and turned wood, artisan foods, metal art, and much more.
Holiday Makers Market (Gig Harbor)
Nov 22 – Dec 7: Find handcrafted gifts, festive decor, unique treasures, seasonal greenery, live music, vendor booths (authors, artists, knitters, jewelry makers, fishermen, toy makers, metal crafters, concrete sculptures, and plants).
Jingle Fest Holiday Craft & Gift Show (Fairgrounds)
Nov 30 – Dec 1: A wonderful selection of exhibitors, artisans, and crafters offering a wide array of gifts and personal items. The goal is to provide a fun holiday shopping experience while raising funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels Kitsap.
Festival of Chimes and Lights (Port Orchard)
Dec 7: Head to downtown Port Orchard for kid crafts, the tree lighting, decorated boats, a marching band, choirs, pooch ‘n purr pet parade, pictures with Santa, free chili and hot cider, popcorn, hot cocoa, and more.
Poulsbo Community Tree Lighting & Afterparty
Nov 29: Stop by for the ceremony and stay for free food and beverages.
Silverdale Community Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov 30: Tractor Rides through old town Silverdale, local entertainment, Brownsville Elementary carolers, crafts, food, hot beverages and more at Silverdale Antique.
Bainbridge Community Tree Lighting & Argosy Christmas Ship
Nov 30: Tree Lighting at Winslow Green including Santa’s arrival via firetruck! After the celebration, head to the Waterfront Park to enjoy S’mores with the Squad and the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship at 7:30pm, featuring The Dickens Carolers. Don’t miss this fun-filled tradition!
Grace Point Community Tree Lighting (Bremerton)
Dec 1: Live reindeer, pictures with Santa, boutique shopping, cookies and cocoa, indoor sledding, crafts, caroling and lights, delicious BBQ, and shuttle service from the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Gateway Fellowship Community Tree Lighting (Poulsbo)
Dec 6: Come enjoy the lighting of the tree, singing carols, cookies and a visit with Santa.
Christmas in the Country (Bainbridge Island)
Dec 6-8: A self-guided tour of homes and farms, featuring arts and crafts, Santa photos, free pony rides for kids, carolers and musical entertainment, and food and drinks.
Get Lit! Community Tree Lighting Party (Bremerton)
Dec 7: Fun for all ages! There is a tree lighting at dusk, live music, a photo booth, characters, XBox truck, craft booth, petting zoo, hot cocoa, treats and bingo.
Kingston Cove Christmas
Dec 7: Festivities including a fantastic display of lights and tree lighting, Santa, holiday music with Danny Vernon as Elvis, food, a holiday craft fair, lighted boat parade, activities for kids, and more!
Downtown Bremerton Winterfest & Tree Lighting
Dec 7: Take a ride in the horse drawn carriage and ride through our beautiful downtown streets decorated with lights. Santa arrives to music by BHS Marching Band.
Poulsbo Sons of Norway Christmas Bazaar
Dec 7: Thirty vendors, Lefse made on site, and a fabulous bake sale table. Hot dogs, split pea soup and Rommegrote will be served downstairs in the Viking Room.
Tree Lighting Party at Tracyton United Methodist Church
Dec 8: A tradition since the 1940s! Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6pm for the lighting. There will be crafts for the children and Mrs. Claus will read a story or two. There will be hot cocoa and cookies to share.
A Very Special Christmas Party (Poulsbo)
Dec 13: Gateway Fellowship is excited to announce a special FREE event for families of kids with Special Needs! Visit the event link for registration and volunteer information.
Winter Wonderland at Waterfront Park (Bainbridge Island)
Dec 14: Tree lighting at 5:00 pm. Winter Wonderland will include light features, face painting, balloon clowns, holiday present crafts, Santa Claus, cider & cookies, ice sculptures, holiday music and reindeer.
Country Christmas at Port Gamble
Dec 14-15: Enjoy a variety of festival holiday activities, including horse-drawn hayrides through a town sparkling with over 100,000 holiday lights, craft-making for the kids at Santa’s workshop, and Western Washington’s only holiday fireworks display.
Make a Wreath (Bainbridge Gardens)
Nov – Dec: DIY wreath making with help from the staff. There’s no charge, but you need to purchase a wreath ring and make a reservation for a time slot on one of 16 machines. Greens are sold by the pound and we have festive collection of ribbon, pinecones, and holiday decor to add the finishing touch. Wreathmaking is a great holiday activity to do with friends or family.
Early Opening Weekend @ Huberts Christmas Trees (Bremerton)
Nov 23: Open Saturday and Sunday Noon til 4pm each day. Cutting, tagging and decorating. Come beat the rush of opening weekend which starts on November 29th at 9am.
State Parks – Free Day
Nov 29: November 29 is Autumn Day, and you can celebrate with free access to state parks (no Discover Pass required).
Fun With Santa
Breakfast with Santa (Port Orchard)
Nov 30: Breakfast with Santa is a fun family annual event hosted by Fathoms O Fun at the Port Orchard Eagles. Take photos with Santa, enter raffles for fabulous prizes, and enjoy breakfast in a fun and festive atmosphere.
Breakfast with Santa (Poulsbo)
Dec 1: Enjoy breakfast and take pictures with Santa, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, Fruit, juice milk coffee and tea. Hosted by Poulsbo Sons of Norway.
Breakfast with Santa (Gig Harbor)
Dec 7: Santa Claus is coming to town! Come have your photo taken with the Big Guy himself, enjoy a pancake breakfast with fruit & ham, coffee, juice, crafts and letters to the North Pole!
Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin Museum (Port Orchard)
Dec 7-8, Dec 14-15: Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin Museum. Bring your camera, kids, pets, family and friends. We provide Santa in front of a Christmas tree in the historic log cabin with candy canes and a cozy fire. Free event. Dress warm. Santa comes rain or shine.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus (Gig Harbor)
Dec 14: Children will enjoy cookie decorating, a holiday craft, warm beverages, holiday music, and fun! Mrs. Claus will also read a story to the children. Parent participation is required.
Meet Father Christmas (Poulsbo)
Weekends: Meet the Nordic Father Christmas – Free Photo Opportunities. Free Photo Opportunities on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Christmas Eve.
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