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“Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor”

Gig Harbor, WA – November 20, 2013 – Shop Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of an old fashioned, friendly, small-town Christmas! 

 The holiday fun begins on Sunday, December 8 at 5:30pm at Skansie Brothers Park with Hark the Harbor! Join in community caroling at 5:30pm with Sharon Stearnes while awaiting the exciting arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship at 6:20 and a holiday performance by the Jet Cities Chorus.

 The waterfront merchants are ready to welcome you in with great holiday specials, treats, and extended shopping hours Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 15th! For the third year, shoppers and visitors will have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award in the “Deck the Harbor” decorating contest, featuring festive window and storefront displays throughout the downtown waterfront.

 Returning this year is a holiday scavenger hunt along the waterfront, “Where’s Santa’s Cookie Plate?” Santa has lost his cookie plate and if you find it in one of your favorite stores or eating establishments that weekend, your name will be entered into a drawing for a waterfront holiday shopping spree! Cookie plates for each participating business are being provided by Java & Clay Café.

The ever popular Holiday Hayrides with Santa, provided by Miracle Ranch, return again from 4:30pm – 7:30pm on both Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th. Boarding takes place on Judson Street in front of Timberland Bank, who will be providing a warm place to wait and holiday refreshments! Shoppers will also enjoy the sounds of the holidays with music throughout the weekend.  

In the spirit of giving, Heidi’s Sweet Shop and Tickled Pink are drop off points for Toys for Tots, and you can donate to the Fish Food Bank at Full Moon Art Gallery (for every donation you can enter to win an original painting). The Alliance will be placing special collection boxes in a number of locations along the waterfront where you can drop a holiday card to be delivered to our area’s seniors.

Shop waterfront district businesses and make this year’s holiday gift buying a fun, family experience to remember by enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas in Gig Harbor!

 Be sure to like “Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor” on Facebook to get event updates, or go to for more information. Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor is sponsored by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.


The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Washington corporation and Main Street™ community, implementing the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Main Street Approach™ in Gig Harbor. The mission of the Alliance is to bring together community and waterfront district stakeholders, encourage economic vitality

CONTACT: Mary DesMarais, Executive Director
Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association