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Gig Harbor Holiday Tour of Homes

The homes are selected. The ticket outlets are open. The holiday decorations are already out of their boxes and ready to display, and all over the Puget Sound area, people are marking their calendars in anticipation of what has become a traditional part of many holiday celebrations.

Gig Harbor’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes, with its accompanying Gift Bazaar, happens December 14 in a community well-known for their amazing residential areas. And it is the only day of the year that the public is allowed to take a look inside some of Gig Harbor’s most beautiful, and beautifully decorated homes. This is the 18th annual tour, and it features a variety of homes and decorating approaches.

There are large view homes with tasteful, elegant displays and expansive water views. There are small homes with every corner creatively dedicated to the holidays. And there is one home whose Norwegian heritage shines forth not only in the decorations but from the docent’s authentic native costumes.

The Tour has been presented annually by Altrusa Club of Gig Harbor as a fundraiser for its Foundation, and benefitting programs and projects that serve the children of the local community. They include funding a $100,000 pledge for the commercial equipment for the recently built Boys & Girls Club; an annual scholarship program for the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, a local teaching orchestra serving over 100 students in an area where there are no school-based strings programs; and ASK (Altrusa Serving Kids) that supplies basic clothing and school supplies to local elementary schools in the Peninsula School District.

Live ticket outlets are located in Gig Harbor at The Garden Room, Uptown; Kitsap Credit Union, Gig Harbor North; Bella Kitchen & Home, Uptown; Ace Hardware, Pt. Fosdick Square and Downtown Gig Harbor; Heidi’s Sweet Shop, downtown Gig Harbor; The Boys & Girls Club on Skansie NW; and the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce downtown. And tickets can be purchased on line at, a dedicated website featuring an array of photos from previous years’ tours. Or tickets can be purchased on the day of the event by going to the Boys & Girls Club.

As a bonus, the Gift Bazaar, on site at the Boys & Girls Club during the tour, features 40 vendors and craftspeople from the Peninsula and a creative assortment of gift ideas.

If visitors want to make a weekend of it, Saturday evening extends the celebration with the annual Lighted Boat Tour in the Harbor, and The Inn at Gig Harbor is offering a room-and-breakfast package that includes Saturday night in their Jacuzzi or Fireplace suites, plus a full breakfast and a package rate. Sundays are perfect for strolling and shopping in the city’s eclectic downtown shops.

For more information contact:
Nancy Hohenstein