It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday tunes are taking over the radio, scarves are coming out of storage, and yards are filling up with Christmas decorations. If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit then head over to Port Angeles and you’ll be feeling merry & bright in no time with these upcoming events.
November 22- January 20th Winter Ice VillageA holiday visit to Port Angeles isn’t complete without a stop at the Winter Ice Village. This pop-up ice rink in the heart of downtown is something straight out of a Christmas movie and is one of the most romantic activities in town. For a perfect date, grab dinner at one of Port Angeles’s Farm to Table Restaurants then head over to the rink after dark. Most visitors will be at home and tucked in for the night and you can ride around the rink with the twinkling Christmas lights to illuminate your evening.
November 23: Winterfest at Vern Burton CenterThis annual event brings ski fanatics together to get excited about the upcoming ski season at Hurricane Ridge. This great event includes a prime rib dinner with appetizers and oyster bar to indulge on while you watch a series of short films about skiing. From professional films with mind-blowing shots to amateur shorts focusing on getting out into nature, this night will pump you up about hitting the hill. All of the proceeds from this event and silent auction go towards programs at Hurricane Ridge.
November 28: Turkey TrotStart a new annual tradition. Instead of gorging on food and lounging around all day, get up a little early and complete a 5K or 10K run at the North Olympic Peninsula Turkey Trot. This run takes you along the scenic Olympic Discovery Trail with a couple hundred friends. The price per ticket goes down if you get your family to commit to run alongside you, so round up all your friends and relatives for this great Thanksgiving event!
November 30th: Holiday Tree LightingWhile some people are enjoying the Thanksgiving afternoon football game or shopping the Black Friday sales, Port Angeles is heading straight into the Christmas season. Storefronts decorate their windows with wreaths and holiday decorations, trees begin to be wrapped in lights, and the town is busy preparing for the Hometown Holiday Celebration. Laurel Street turns into a Christmas haven with local talent, Santa, and the lighting of the Downtown Tree. Grab a cup of cocoa and take part in the holiday festivities!
December 7th: Holiday MarketDon’t fret if you haven’t found presents for all of your friends and family, you can simply head over to the Holiday Market at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center on December 7th. Local artisans and artists will be selling their unique gifts from art and photography pieces to handmade ornaments to home decor items. This stress-free shopping event is the perfect way to spend a Saturday as you can leisurely meander around the shops and see what kind of treasures speak to you.
December 21: Vintage Christmas with Kate Voss & The Big Boss BandCelebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Kate Voss & The Big Band at the Naval Elks Lodge in downtown Port Angeles. This award-winning band plays nostalgic songs that will leave you humming tunes all through January. This act was awarded the Best Jazz Act of 2017 and delivers a show that is not one to miss. From ice skating to tree lighting and holiday spirit galore, Port Angeles has a wide variety of exciting events going on all through the new year. Come visit and emerge yourself into the Christmas spirit relax for a weekend of stress-free bliss during the hectic holiday season. Are you looking to get into the holiday spirit this year? Visit Port Angeles and Book a stay at Domaine Madeleine, a refined Bed & Breakfast overlooking the Strait of Juan Fuca.