Gig Harbor welcomes the holiday season with open arms, setting the stage for an array of spirited events and celebrations. The city’s historic downtown transforms into a winter wonderland, adorned with twinkling lights and colorful decorations that illuminate the streets and harbor, creating an inviting atmosphere for all.

Community Events and Festivities

The town buzzes with excitement during the holiday season, boasting a plethora of events that bring the community together:

Holiday Lights

Gig Harbor transforms into a twinkling wonderland with vibrant displays illuminating the streets and waterfront, creating a mesmerizing spectacle for all.

Gnome Hunt

Embark on a whimsical adventure as you search for hidden gnomes scattered throughout the town—a fun-filled activity for families and explorers of all ages. Find all 15 gnomes to win a grand prize!

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join in the heartwarming tradition of lighting the town’s grand tree, an event that marks the official start of the holiday season with music, festivities, and joyous cheer. Enjoy complimentary cookies & cocoa at Skansie Netshed during the Gig Harbor waterfront’s annual tree lighting at Skansie Brother’s Park on Dec 2nd at 5pm. You and your family can also enjoy Harbor Wild Watch’s Pier Into the Night from 5pm-6pm on Jerisich Dock.

Menorah Lighting

Experience the beauty of the Menorah lighting ceremony, celebrating Hanukkah and spreading the glow of this special holiday.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus:

Delight in the sweetness of the season by sharing cookies and stories with Mr. and Mrs. Claus —an enchanting experience for the little ones. You also get to receive a take-home cookie decorating kit, get pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and make-n-take holiday-themed crafts.

Lighted boat parade

This is a perfect chance to head down to the waterfront and enjoy this Gig Harbor tradition put on by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. The Parade begins around 5pm and there are several great viewing locations like Skansie Brothers Park, Jerisich Dock, Ancich Waterfront Park, and the Bogue Viewing Platform. As in past years, the parade route starts at Arabella’s Marina at 5:00 PM and make two complete laps around the harbor.

Lighted car parade

Head to your favorite spot along Harborview Drive in the waterfront district and save your seat for the 4th Annual Lighted Car Parade to witness a dazzling procession of cars adorned with twinkling lights, parading through the town, spreading holiday cheer in a unique and festive manner. Featuring cars from the Gig Harbor Cruisers that include fun builds and vintage vehicles as well as many classics, the show is sure to please young and old alike. This year’s event will feature Santa’s Village, with local businesses and organizations setting up festive booths for the community to stop by.

Planning Your Visit

While Gig Harbor is open to visitors all year round, the holidays add a special appeal to this community. Gig Harbor delivers a wonderful holiday experience full of warmth, pleasure, and the sense of community, whether you’re looking for a solo retreat, a family-friendly adventure, or a romantic getaway.

Final Thoughts

As the holiday season approaches, Gig Harbor transforms into a wonderland, where the allure of its waterfront, the warmth of its community, and the festive ambiance combine to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a local resident or a traveler seeking a holiday retreat, Gig Harbor invites you to immerse yourself in its enchanting atmosphere and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.

Visit Gig Harbor this holiday season and discover the magic that awaits in this hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest!