Community December 4, 2023

Regional Holiday Activities & Light Displays

December is such a magical time of year. Luckily, there are many ways to celebrate in our area. We’ve compiled a list of some light displays, festivals, events, and activities to check out. 

Holiday Light Displays

Light Display at Mike Wallace Park

This waterfront light display is a hometown favorite right here in Kingston. Every year, locals and visitors are dazzled by a range of light sculptures using approximately 500,000 lights. And, it’s all thanks to the Port of Kingston and many volunteers who work on it for months. You’ll see some traditional displays like snowflakes and gift boxes along with unique designs like jellyfish hanging on a wire. This is a must-see! Located by the ferry terminal in downtown Kingston, the park/marina has public parking and can be accessed via sidewalks. 

Runs until early January, 2024 | Free

Christmas in Big Valley

Explore this enchanted garden trail loop that is 600 ft long, featuring 60,000+ lights. There’s a lot to see, including a 1/25 scale garden railroad, a candy cane lane, Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, the lighted orchard, and a nativity scene. The path is gravel and does have a few steps throughout. Located at 26730 Big Valley Rd. NW, Poulsbo.

Runs until Jan 1, 2024 from 4:30 to 9:30 PM | $12 per person, kids 6 and under are free 

Point Defiance Zoolights

A holiday tradition for more than 35 years, zoolights transforms the Point Defiance Zoo into a winter wonderland with more than 800,000 lights. Perfect for families or even a date night, you’ll see a giant octopus, light tunnels, and goats wearing coats. And, you might even spot Sasquatch if you’re lucky. Additional activities include s’mores fire pits and a goat feeding experience. Pre-purchased online tickets required. Please note the aquarium is closed during zoolights.

Daily until Jan. 1, 2024 from 4:30 – 10:00 PM | $7+ for members, $14+ for non-members

“Village of Lights”  in Leavenworth

On November 24, Leavenworth’s Bavarian town lit up with over half a million lights for the holidays. It’s a fun place to visit for a day or over a weekend, and the dazzling lights will be up through February. Additionally, there are a range of activities happening throughout the winter season. Listen to live music, see Santa, enjoy free crafts for kids, and more. Please note some events and activities are not free, such as Manuela’s Magical Christmas Spectacular

Daily through February, 2024. | Free but activity prices vary


Port Gamble Country Christmas

The charming town of Port Gamble is transformed into a holiday wonderland with over 100,000 lights and Western Washington’s only winter fireworks display. During the day you’ll find hayrides and carolers as well as Santa’s workshop, crafts for kids, and holiday shopping time. Saturday night includes the tree lighting and spectacular fireworks!

Dec. 9, 2023, starts at 12:00PM, tree lighting @ 5:45 PM, fireworks @ 6:00 PM; Dec. 10, 2023, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Free but activity prices vary

Festival of Firs and Christmastown

In 2019, Shelton won a Guinness World Record for the most lit Christmas trees in one location. The town has been known as Christmastown, WA for decades. On your way into town, you’ll be greeted by a 32’ tall Santa Claus, built to celebrate the World’s Fair in 1962. You can take a walk through the lit tree maze, a wagon ride through the decorated town, cast your vote for the best gingerbread house, and more. The maze is located at 425 Cota Street, Shelton. 

Maze open nightly from dusk until 10:00 PM until Dec. 31, 2023 | Free but activity prices vary

Seattle Christmas Market

Get a taste of European traditions in Seattle with artisan vendors, street food, libations, live entertainment, and more. Created by the same organization as the beloved Vancouver Christmas Market, you’ll find 60+ local and European artisans with holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Savor bratwursts, German baked goods, crepes, and fudge. Sip hot-spiced mulled wine under the Christmas pyramid, sing some karaoke, or take the kids for a spin on the Nordstrom Merry Go Round. Book online for specific entrance times.

Open daily through Dec. 24 | Youth $12+ and adults $20+ (6 and under are free)

Other Fun Events and Activities

Hansville Holiday Market

Get ready for the holidays with the Greater Hansville Community Center’s 3rd annual Holiday Market at Buck Lake. Get in the holiday spirit with small town charm and live music, food, various vendors, a silent auction, and Santa. 

Dec. 9, 2023 | Free

Menorah on the Green

If you celebrate Chanukah, this Sunday is the 6th annual Menorah on the Green. Head to Bainbridge Island to celebrate with loved ones and community members. There’s a giant menorah lighting, live music, latkes and donuts, arts and crafts, and more – all thanks to the Chabad of Bainbridge and North Kitsap.

Dec. 10, 2023 at 4:00 PM | Free but please RSVP.

Winter Cookie Decorating at Hood Canal Brewery

Here’s some delicious fun for the whole family. Take the kids to Kingston’s Hood Canal Brewery to decorate some cookies while you enjoy a pint. This event is free and cookies, decorating supplies, and light snacks will be provided. 

Dec. 16, 2023 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Free but please RSVP

Winter Wonders at Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel is beautiful in every season, and this all-ages outdoor experience will allow guests to see a different side of what winter has to offer. A sensory hunt guides visitors through the garden to listen and feel the natural elements. You can participate in a special winter solstice tour and a Soundscape installation. For those with little ones, check out Saturday Story Time at the Residence. Advance tickets required.

Open Tuesdays – Sundays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | $5 – $22 per person

Holidays at the Village – Bainbridge

Pleasant Beach Village on Bainbridge Island is all decked out for the holidays. Register for a gingerbread house party, visit Santa or dance to some live music. And, you can enjoy seasonal beverages in the outdoor heated Wintergarden. Visit Pleasant Beach Village’s website for additional details. 

Open daily and most special activities fall on weekends | Activity prices vary

For more fun this season, check out these outdoor winter activities.