Holiday Celebrations

Courtesy: Marla Heagle

Courtesy: Marla Heagle

Camano Center
606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Warm up November with one of Camano Island’s most popular events, the chili and chowder cook-off.  Professional and amateur chefs vie in three categories, best chili, best chowder, and best-decorated booth.  It’s a great way to meet people on the island and sample some hand-crafted chili’s and chowders.

It’s holiday time and time to decorate the…doors!?! Yup, it’s a tradition in art-centric Langley where something usually mundane, the doors of downtown merchants, become works of art! It’s worth a stroll!
langley-tree-lighting_pix9366Langley begins the season with their annual tree lighting, carols, and a visit from Santa.
warm-beach-christmas-lights5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Warm Beach Camp – Stanwood

  • $16 – Adult (13-59)
  • $12 – Military (13-59)
  • $12 – Senior (60+)
  • $11 – Youth (4 -12)
  • Free – Child (0-3)

More than a million lights make up the largest light display in the Pacific Northwest . Other features include visits from Santa, 5 Stages of Entertainment, Pony Rides, Polar Express Train, Nativity Scene, shopping, and more.
Official website…

Santa and Elf parade in Langley.

Santa and Elf parade in Langley.

11:00 a.m.
Downtown Langley

Langley finds its “inner elf” and Santa, and other characters as the town presents its annual holiday parade.
After the parade, shop and stroll and enjoy the unique flavor of this seaside town. Participating stores will be open late. Also that evening is the monthly Langley tradition, the First Saturday Art Walk.

home-for-the-holidays-20165:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Historic Downtown Oak Harbor

Christmas carolers will be roaming around Pioneer way and Santa will arrive at 5:00 for the tree lighting at 5:30. Santa will be available after the tree lighting for pictures and to talk with kids at the Harborside Village.

Visit the official website…
Frosty the Snowman greets people at the Greening of Coupeville parade.

Frosty the Snowman greets people at the
Greening of Coupeville parade.

The historic buildings of Coupeville will all be dressed up in greens, white lights and red bows. View the traditional Christmas parade – with of course Santa Claus at the end- from charming Front Street. The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade and caps off the evening with a tree lighting and weather permitting a boat parade in Penn Cove. There will also be late evening shopping at participating merchants downtown. We guarantee to bring smiles to young and old.
A nearby tree frames the Admiralty Head Lighthouse that's in the distance.

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse shortly after sunrise.

Fort Casey State Park
December 10 & 11 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New for 2016 is a special holiday heappening at Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey with a treat for the whole family.  Dig into some children’s crafts and have your picture taken with Santa at the historic lighthouse. Get into a festive mood listening to local groups perform holiday music throughout the day. In the late afternoon, gather around the campfire for stories and interpretive talks.

oak-harbor-new-years-eve-small9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Windjammer Park

Oak Harbor rings in the new year with fireworks and a party in the park.  This is the second year that Oak Harbor lights up the sky to mark the new year!  And yes, it’s at 9 p.m.

Created by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the fireworks will be a hundred feet wider and a hundred feet higher than Oak Harbor’s Independence Day celebration.

In addition, the party will be the culmination of the city’s “Light Up Oak Harbor” white lights holiday decorations.

The party will have music, hot coffee, hot cocoa and more.


Holiday Shopping

More than 200 items from 40 artists make for a unique holiday shopping experience.

Learn more…
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hummingbird Farm
2319 Zylstra Rd., Oak Harbor

Unique food, arts, crafts and more each Saturday at the Hummingbird Farm

The Season of Light is here, and the gallery artists are responding by showing some of their most exquisite work.

Included in the gallery’s beautiful displays are fabulous jewelry by three talented Whidbey jewelers, stunning sculptures in bronze, stone, wood and steel, original paintings in a variety of styles and mediums, and some extraordinary fine art glass including handblown, sculpted and fused glass. You’ll also find elegant woodwork, charming encaustics, ceramics and fiber art, fresh witty assemblages and a wonderfully wide array of beautiful art objects sure to delight.

2016-Camano Craft-Bazaar-poster-page-001-194x3009:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Camano Center
607 Arrowhead Road
Camano Island

Get the jump on both Christmas Shopping and Christmas Spirit with the annual Camano Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar.  There you can find:

  • Food
  • Hand Made Crafts
  • Wood Carvers
  • Jewelry Makers
  • Bake Sale
  • and much more
Friday, November 25, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Coffman Building
Island County Fairgrounds
819 Camano Ave, Langley

Antiques, collectables and quality handmade gifts are for sale at the annual Country Christmas at the Fair. Held over two weekends in late November and early December, the fair gives thoughtful shoppers a chance to find special gifts that you couldn’t find in a catalogue.

Cultis Bay Nursery brings beauty and quality to you with uniquely made decorations, tasty holiday food treats, new crafts from Whidbeyites and fragrant hot mulled cider in the candle lit potting shed.

A few new artists will join them as well as the much loved bird motive work of Linda Apsitis.

Faith Bushy will have her take on ramilletas and Patti King, an accomplished textile artist has some repurposed cashmere, indigo dyed hats and scarfs as well as other surprises in store for us.

Of course the requisite wreaths, swags, garlands & unique holiday ornaments will be on hand so do come celebrate with us. It’s always such a special time to see nursery friends in the winter when the light is low and we are eager to reconnect and offer good cheer

holiday-market-flyer-2016Dates and Times:
November 25 – 27 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 3 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown Oak Harbor
749 SE Pioneer Way

Find unique holiday gifts created by local artists and crafts people.
Visit the official website…

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Downtown Coupeville
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sip ‘n Shop on the Cove on “Small Business Saturday.”  Do your holiday shopping in historic downtown Coupeville and sample the wonderful wines and distilled products made right here!  There will also be special treats from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers and stores.  There will be some enticing specials as the merchants stay open late!  Tickets available at the Chamber office.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bayview Hall – 5642 Bayview Rd. Langley

Join more than 30 vendors at historic Bayview Hall for the annual Holiday Market. Enjoy locally-crafted goods and tastes and do your holiday shopping in a place with character and history. You’ll find local produce, holiday wreaths, food, and gifts.

clinton-bazaar-flyer-300px-square10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Clinton Community Hall
6411 S. Central Ave.

The Clinton Holiday Bazaar features our local art and crafts people and unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Pictures with Santa, live music, Children’s face painting with Fairy Magic, wreath making and holiday gifting. Pet and family-friendly fun!


Find out more…
penncovegallery13-19031005Wrap up your holiday shopping at This Looks Like Fun: A Holiday Celebration of Art.

See glass by Katrina Hude, wood by Jim Short, wood by Bob Flores, fiber art by Judy Moore, pottery by Jordan Jones, felt by Lisa Sharp, multimedia by Le Schrock, photography by Denis Hill and ceramics by Clovy Tsuchiya. Also featuring the Native American art of Roger Purdue.

December 16, 2016—12:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m.
December 17 and 18, 2016—10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.
Coupeville Recreation Hall
901 NW Alexander Street, Coupeville, WA 98239

Historic downtown Coupeville merchants once again want to help you get your holiday shopping done right at home. Each $20 you spend in a participating merchant will get you one red ticket. On December 18th there will be a drawing for the grand prize of $1000 cash and several $100 cash prizes as well. Shop your local Coupeville merchants and you and our business community win.
One lucky person who shops Langley this holiday season will have a very merry holiday with a $1000 bonus just for shopping.
Participating businesses are offering one ticket for each $20 spent in their stores. On December 17, one ticket will be drawn and the holder of that ticket wins the money!
Winner must be present to claim the prize!
img_0169Sponsored by the Oak Harbor Main Street Association.
Starting November 23, shop at participating Oak Harbor businesses located in the Historic Downtown and throughout Oak Harbor to win a chance at $1000 cash. For every $20 spent at a participating business receive one green ticket to be placed into the drawing for $1000. Must be over 18 to participate. Drawing is on December 17 at 4pm inside Harborside Village Mall located at 830 SE Pioneer Way. You MUST be present to win!
Visit the official website…

Holiday Performances

December 3 – Oak Harbor – First Reformed Church
250 SW 3rd Ave, Oak Harbor
1:00 p.m. instrument petting zoo – 2:00 p.m. concert

December 10 – Coupeville – High School Commons
501 S Main St, Coupeville
10:00 a.m. instrument petting zoo – 11:00 a.m. concert

December 10 – Langley – Island Church of Whidbey
503 Cascade Ave, Langley
2:00 p.m. instrument petting zoo – 3 p.m. concert

The Saratoga Orchestra presents its annual children’s holiday music concert, “Peter and the Wolf” followed by a Christmas Carol sing-along.

One hour before the concert children get the opportunity see up-close and to touch many of the concert instruments in the instrument petting zoo.

More information…
dec-2016-poster-final-w-bleedjpegCantabile Chamber Choir of Skagit Valley presents uplifting concerts featuring a wide-ranging journey across the continents, and perfect for your holiday season! With a mix of classical and jazz, including lovely folk carols and lively percussive elements, the international program ranging from Brazil to Poland, Africa to Jamaica is sure to set your feet to tapping, and stir your soul. Come, and soak in the artistry of Music Director, Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward, as he leads the singers of Cantabile Chamber Choir.

Admission (at the door): $15 / $8 students / $40 families

whidbey-island-community-orchestra-poster_smallThe Whidbey Island Community Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Morrow pairs with actor, writer, and producer David Ossman for a Christmas Classic, Clement Moore’s, “The Night Before Christmas.”

7:00 p.m. – Friday, December 9 – South Assembly of God Church, 5373 Maxwelton Rd., Langley
3:00 p.m. – Sunday, December 11 – Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd Ave., Oak Harbor

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the food bank to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

Unfortunately, due to an illness, this event has been cancelled for 2016.
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
7:30 p.m. – The piano bar opens one hour before the performance.
December 2, 11
2:00 p.m. – The piano bar opens one hour before the performance.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Ave., Langley

Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas” comes to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts stage for a special holiday treat.  You’ve seen the movie, but this adaptation gives it a special warmth on WICA’s intimate stage.  Embellish your holidays with a music trip to a secluded Vermont hotel where holiday magic happens in the form of songs like, “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” and, of course, “White Christmas.”

Visit the WICA Website…
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
Friday and Saturday Evenings – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Matinees – 2:00 p.m.
South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center
5675 Maxwelton Rd., Langley

The timeless Nutcracker is performed annually by the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre.

Learn more…
Thursdays thru Sundays, December 1-18
7:30 p.m. – Sunday matinees 2:30 p.m.
Whidbey Playhouse
730 SE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor

Come and share Christmas with us at your community theatre.  Plenty of good cheer and carols to go around!

Visit the playhouse website…
December 31
7:30 p.m. – The piano bar opens one hour before the performance.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Ave., Langley

Ring in the New Year with The Whidbey Island Center for the Art’s extravaganza, “CONFETTI.”  It’s a little naughty and a little nice with an evening of entertainment that toasts out with the old and in with the new!

Visit the WICA Website…

Holiday Outdoors

10:00 a.m. start – Check-in 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Camp Casey
1276 S Engle Rd

Walk or run the scenic trails of Camp Casey and Ft. Casey. The views of Admiralty Inlet are amazing and chances are good that you’ll spot some wildlife. So, climb out of your cave and have some fun!
Elf Chase Poster2015This years Elf Chase 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday Dec. 4, 2016 at South Whidbey Community Park (Castle Park/Playground in the park). 9:00AM check in and 10:00AM start time.

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thanksgivener_flyer_2016The Cascade Cross Series returns to Oak Harbor’s Fort Nugent Park for two days of cyclo-cross races including Sunday’s WSBA State Championship.

Ft. Nugent Park – 2075 SW Fort Nugent St. – Oak Harbor – Whidbey Island

Day 1 – Cascade Cross #4
Day 2 – WSBA Championships

See the official website for details and special lodging deals!

Visit the official website…
Are you into human-powered watercraft, such as outriggers, surfskis, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards?  Then the Oak Harbor “One Heck of a Holiday Ride” is for you.

Pick a Grand Prix style short course inside Oak Harbor’s protected waters, or an expert-level 12 mile downwind run from Hidden Beach on Central Whidbey all the way to Oak Harbor Marina!

Don’t forget this is the first half of a December doubleheader.  The annual Deception Pass run is the next day, December 11.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cornet Bay Marina – Deception Pass State Park

It’s one of the most unique and beautiful human-powered racing venues in America – Deception Pass. It’s so-named because the powerful tides pouring through the pass deceived early explorers. The water was rushing out to see so quickly they were sure they were looking at a river!

This is your chance to test your skills at Deception Pass.

Can you travel the six miles from Cornet Bay, through Deception Pass, around Strawberry Island and back before the tide shifts and blocks your way back!

Open to human-powered craft only.

Parking at the state park requires a Discover Pass or $10 for the day.

Poster of a skater with the list of sponsors.2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Windjammer Park – Oak Harbor
$7 per person for a two hour skate

Ice skating comes to Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park.  Presented by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, this new event will give ice skaters the chance to strap on the blades!  Hot cocoa and coffee will also be available.

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Windjammer Park

Oak Harbor rings in the new year with fireworks and a party in the park.  This is the second year that Oak Harbor lights up the sky to mark the new year!  And yes, it’s at 9 p.m.

Created by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the fireworks will be a hundred feet wider and a hundred feet higher than Oak Harbor’s Independence Day celebration.

In addition, the party will be the culmination of the city’s “Light Up Oak Harbor” white lights holiday decorations.

The party will have music, hot coffee, hot cocoa and more.

11:00 a.m.
Windjammer Park

Start the year with a day out of the ordinary!  Start it with a 5k run and/or a Polar Bear Plunge at Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park!

The “Resolution Fun Run” 5K begins at 11:00 and the plunge into the Windjammer Park Lagoon is right after the race is over at around noon.

Noon (Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.)
Double Bluff Beach – Freeland

Join in or just come watch the fun as dozens of your neighbors dare the waters of Admiralty Inlet!

Want to spend the first day of the new year outside? Three state parks here are offering guided hikes.

Participants of all ages are welcome, unless otherwise noted, and admission to state parks is free on January 1!  Typically, the Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks. Check out the options below and get more information on these excellent, free events on the Washington State Parks events page.

Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island

Discover winter flora and fauna on Camano Island, and enjoy views of Saratoga Passage during a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at the welcome center near the park entrance at 1 p.m. A free shuttle is available to return hikers to the Cama Beach State Park welcome center after the event.

Camano Island State Park on Camano Island

Hike on West Rim and Cross Island trails at 1 p.m. for a three-mile loop from Camano Island State Park to Cama Beach State Park. Meet at the Lowell Point kitchen shelter.

Deception Pass State Park in Oak Harbor

Participants have two hiking options at Deception Pass. Take the shorter, 1.5-mile round-trip hike from the trailhead to a nice meadow near Pass Lake. Or take the longer, 3-mile round-trip hike to Ginnett Hill. Both hikes start at Pass Lake parking area; meet there at 10 a.m.

Three glass balls are on the ground with a crowd of people in the background behind a starting line.

Glass balls wait in plain sight for some lucky person to grab them in the Langley Sea Float Scramble.

“On your mark, get set, Go!” It’s a tradition in Langley, youngsters and the young at heart dash for hand-crafted glass balls at Langley’s Seawall Park. Some are hidden, and others are in plain sight (for the younger treasure hunters). It’s all over in mere moments and the lucky (and fast) participants come away with a beautiful orb courtesy of Callahan’s Firehouse glass blowing studio in Langley.