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It's a Wonderful Waterfront!

Celebrate the Holidays throughout Downtown

Gig Harbor, WA – November 16, 2017 - Holiday fun is everywhere on our beautiful downtown waterfront this holiday season. Shopping and dining opportunities abound, with caroling celebrations, festive displays and holiday lights on land and sea (including all the new tree lights on Pioneer, a project of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance), and multiple appearances by the man in the big red suit, Santa Claus!

Deck the Harbor, presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, is a storefront decorating contest in which merchants are challenged to create imaginative holiday displays. The Alliance invites you to stroll the harbor, enjoy the displays and vote for your favorite window in the People’s Choice voting. Simply enter the business that has your favorite display and fill out a ballot! Businesses have been working creatively to add that touch of holiday spirit to their windows and storefronts for your enjoyment as you shop all the wonderful stores along the waterfront. People’s Choice voting takes place from November 25th through December 10th.

Children always love Holiday Hayrides with Santa, provided by Miracle Ranch, will be taking place on Friday and Saturday, December 8th and 9th. This magical treat meets at Timberland Bank on Judson and operates from 4:30pm -7:30pm. Refreshments will be available at the Bank, and the rides are free. The Hayride makes a short stop during its one block journey to experience live Christmas music being performed and an opportunity for a brief sing-along with Santa.

The Alliance’s crowd-pleasing, community caroling event, Hark the Harbor, returns to Skansie Brother’s Park on Sunday, December 10th at 7:30 pm. Songbooks and candles will be provided. Sharon Stearnes - family friendly entertainer and accomplished musician - will lead carolers with joyful holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship, all aglow in festive lights! The Olympia Youth Choir – Cantabile will be performing from the ship.

Throughout the month while shopping downtown, ladies are reminded to bring their Girls Night Out Event Programs filled with great holiday coupon offers.

The Gig Harbor Lions Club is sponsoring Giving Trees at businesses all over the Downtown Waterfront this holiday season. Help make the holidays special for children of the less fortunate in the Gig Harbor area. Simply take a tag from the tree, purchase the "special wish" item on the tag, and return it to the business with the Giving Tree by December 20. All gifts will be distributed by the Cheney Boys and Girls Club and the FISH Food Bank.

For all the latest details, visit “It’s A Wonderful Waterfront – Gig Harbor” on Facebook.


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 and preserve our historic character.