Holiday Celebrations

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!

Clinton businesses compete to see who has done the best decorating job!  Judging is December 1, but we get to enjoy the lights throughout December!

langley-tree-lighting_pix93664 p.m. – Langley Park
2nd & Anthes

Langley 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…

Cama Beach Winterfest poster with the events listed.There’s a brand new series of events at Cama Beach State Park – Winterfest.  Held mostly on Saturdays, Winterfest combines traditional holiday events such as tree lighting with beach exploration and hiking.  As the New Year approaches, look for something called Zombies at the Beach!

See more here…

Santa and Elf parade in Langley.

Santa and Elf parade in Langley.

1:00 p.m.
Downtown Langley

Langley finds its “inner elf” 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.

4:00 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 to follow.

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

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

4:00 p.m. – Downtown Coupeville

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 9 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

It’s a special holiday happening 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 third year that Oak Harbor lights up the sky to mark the New Year!  And yes, it’s at 9 p.m.

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


Holiday Shopping

Coupeville Waterfront PIX6247
Downtown Coupeville
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Coupeville! Enjoy Wine Tastings from local Whidbey Island wineries, distillery and breweries, delicious food samples, and late night shopping in Coupeville’s historic downtown. Participate in a drawing with amazing prizes. Gift back with Sip N Shop tasting glass, Shop Local Coupon Book and free drawing ticket for a great gift.

Find arts, crafts, food and more with the annual Holiday Market on Pioneer.

749 SE Pioneer Way

Dates and times:

November 24 – 26
10 am – 5 pm

December 2
10 am – 7 pm

December 3
10 am – 5 pm

December 9 – 10
10 am – 5 pm

December 16 – 17
10 am – 5 pm

Friday, November 24 – 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 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 Whidbey artists and fragrant hot mulled cider in the candle lit potting shed.

Of course, the requisite wreaths, swags, garlands and 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

Dates and Times:
December 9 – 10 – 11 am – 2 pm
December 14 – 15 – 4 pm – 7 pm
December 16 – 11 am – 2 pm
December 21 – 22 – 4 pm – 7 pm
December 23 – 11 am – 2 pm

Historic Downtown Oak Harbor
749 SE Pioneer Way

Bring your camera and take your child’s picture with Santa!

Find unique holiday gifts created by local artists and crafts people.
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Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bayview Hall – 5642 Bayview Rd. Langley

Shop local this Holiday season. 34 vendors will be offering everything to make your holiday complete.
Beautiful food from local growers, holiday trimmings, breads and treats, Mead, and local art. Something for everyone on your list.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 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. Santa is there from 11 to 2.

Come see what we’ve been making, sip, shop, and visit with some of Whidbey Island’s most accomplished artists:

Buffy Cribbs, Bob Flores, M. Denis Hill, Althea Holden, Katrina Hude, Jordan Jones, Janet Lewis, Judy Moore, Bruce Morrow, Mary Ellen O’Connor, Sara Purdue (with the art of Roger Purdue), Lisa Sharp, Jim Short, Clovy Tsuchiya, Winfield Designs Media include ceramics, blown glass, metal, paintings, photography, posters, books, jewelry, wood, metal boxes, quilting, mixed media, stringed instruments, and more. *And it’s all made right here on Whidbey Island

December 16 and 17 — 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 24th 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 Saturday, December 16, 2017, one ticket holder will win $1,000 in the Very Merry $1,000 Giveaway held at 1:30 p.m. at Boy & Dog Park. Also that day the winners of Langley’s “Deck the Doors” contest will be announced, with the winners each receiving $1000.

Sponsored by the Oak Harbor Main Street Association.
Starting November 1, 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 23 at 4pm inside Harborside Village Mall located at 830 SE Pioneer Way. You MUST be present to win!
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Holiday Performances

December 9 – Langley – Island Church of Whidbey
503 Cascade Ave, Langley
1:00 p.m. instrument petting zoo – 2 p.m. concert

December 16 – Coupeville – High School Commons
501 S Main St, Coupeville
10:00 a.m. instrument petting zoo – 11:00 a.m. concert

December 16 – Oak Harbor – First Reformed Church
250 SW 3rd Ave, Oak Harbor
2:00 p.m. instrument petting zoo – 3:00 p.m. concert

The Saratoga Orchestra presents its annual children’s holiday music concert, “Peter and the Wolf.” Music from Disney’s “Frozen” and a sing-along of favorite and festive Christmas carols is also on the program.

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…

The Whidbey Island Community Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Morrow presents its annual holiday concert with Karl Olson Soloist

December 15 – 7:00 p.m. – Trinity Lutheran Church – 18341 SR525, Freeland
December 17 – 3:00 p.m. – St. Augustine’s Church – 5217 S Honeymoon Bay Rd, Freeland

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.

December 17
7:30 p.m. – The piano bar opens one hour before the performance.

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

The last time they performed here, it was to near-sellout audiences.  They will present an abbreviated version featuring part 1, the Christmas section along with the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Visit the WICA Website…
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Whidbey Island Dance theatre presenting the timeless Nutcracker.

December 8 – 7:00 p.m. December 9 – 2:00 p.m. December 10 – 2:00 p.m. December 15 – 7:00 p.m. December 16 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. December 17 – 2:00 p.m.

South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center 5675 Maxwelton Rd., Langley

Learn more…

Thursdays thru Sundays, December 7-17
7:30 p.m. – Sunday matinees 2:30 p.m.
Whidbey Playhouse
730 SE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor

“A Christmas Carol” – The musical comes to the Whidbey Playhouse.

Visit the playhouse website…

January 6, 2018
7:30 p.m. – The piano bar opens one hour before the performance.

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

Their gentle Grammy Award-winning music just sounds like the Pacific Northwest would sound if it were put to music.  This is their annual holiday concert to bring warmth and joy to the new year.

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Holiday Outdoors

9:30 a.m. – Registration
1:15 p.m. – First Race

Race subject to weather conditions

Starting Point – 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.

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!

This years Elf Chase 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday Dec. 3,  at South Whidbey Community Park (Castle Park/Playground in the park). 9:00AM check in and 10:00AM start time.

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The Whidbey Island Cycling Club and 53elven are presenting the championship weekend to wrap up the NW CXCUP and WSBA CX Championships.  Saturday’s race is race #6 in the NW CXCUP and the race on Sunday is the final stop in the series.  The WSBA CX Championships will be contested on Sunday.

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

See the official website for details and special lodging deals!

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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.