Holiday Things to Do in Port Angeles, Washington – A Boldly Festive Holiday Event Extravaganza
A Roundup of the Newest, Most Festive, and Merry Holiday Happenings in Port Angeles
updated November 2023
The holiday season on the Olympic Peninsula is a magical time of year to visit. Choose from a crowd-less beach hike, a seaside bike ride along the Olympic Discovery Trail, or a wintry escape up 5,000-feet to Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge for a day of snow play like sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In between outdoor adventures, discover some of the most festive and merry holiday events happening in and around Port Angeles, Washington.
Ice Skate at the Winter Ice Village in Downtown Port Angeles
Strap on a pair of ice skates and pirouette your way across the Olympic Peninsula’s only outdoor covered ice skating rink this holiday season. The Winter Ice Village — located in downtown Port Angeles across from Odyssey Bookshop — is open for festive ice skating fun seven days a week. Follow along on Facebook for the up-to-the-minute details and visit www.WinterIceVillage.com for skate rental rates, hours and more information.
Where: Across from Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W Front St, Port Angeles
When: November 17, 2023- January 3, 2024
Downtown Shopping Events
Hometown Holiday Celebration, Shop Small Business Saturday & More: Support local retail shops, restaurants and businesses by strolling through downtown Port Angeles, enjoying all the holiday lights and splendor, and finding the perfect gifts for all your holiday gift-giving. Santa’s arrival, the tree lighting and live music portion happens on Saturday, November 25 on Laurel Street.
Port Angeles Farmers Market Holiday Festival: Shop for handmade and locally crafted goods, including farm-fresh food, handcrafted gifts and provisions for making delicious holiday meals. Shop every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. Follow them on Facebook for special events at the Port Angeles farmers market.
Where: Port Angeles Farmers Market 125 E Front St. Port Angeles
Holiday Market & Photos with Santa for Pets and Kids at the Vern Burton Community Center, Benefitting Peninsula Friends of Animals
Shop more small businesses and makers at the Holiday Market on December 9, 2023 from 10-3pm. Santa will be visiting 11am-1pm for photos -bring your pets and kids for photos with Santa! You might see the Grinch too!! Tons of holiday shopping, supporting local families. Peninsula Friends of Animals (PFOA) will have a donation box for pet food and toys. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase with all proceeds supporting PFOA. Get more information here.
The Wintertide Festival is Filled with a Variety of Events & Workshops to Light Up Your Holidays: Wintertide Festival of Lights, Light Art Experience “Nature After Dark” & Shop the Makers Market
Buy tickets now for the Port Angeles Wintertide Festival beaming with holiday workshops, a lantern walk , light and fire performances, live music, food and drink, and glow-in-the-dark art stations. The Wintertide Festival happens on December 10 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The community lantern walk kicks off the Wintertide Festival on Saturday, December 9 at 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Make your lantern at one of the community workshops at MOSS or bring your own. Find more details on all workshops here.
“Nature After Dark” is at the Webster’s Woods outdoor sculpture park in Port Angeles and it will be lit up for the holidays every day from 4-8 PM starting November 24, 2023 through December 17, 2023. Multiple light-based outdoor sculptures and installations will transform the Webster’s Woods art park, lighting up the shortest nights of the year and creating a magical nighttime experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to taking in the artwork, visitors can shop for handmade local gifts at the Holiday Makers Market from November 24 – December 17, 2023 Sun-Thurs only 11-5pm
When: Wintertide Festival December 9, 2023 4:30-8 PM / Wintertide Light Art Experience at Webster’s Woods November 24 – December 27, 2023 from 4 PM – 8 PM / Makers Market November 24 – December 17, 2023 on Thursday – Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
Where: Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Port Angeles, WA 98362
Theater, Live Concerts & More at the Field Arts & Events Hall in Downtown Port Angeles
From The Nutcracker ballet, a live concert by Macy Gray to a Charlie Brown Christmas and everything in between, Field Arts & Events Hall has tons of events lined up for the Holiday season guaranteed to bring more cheer to your visit in Port Angeles, Washington! Check out their upcoming events here.
Kindred Holiday Market at the Clallam County Fairgrounds
Shopping from local makers, photos with Santa and wreath workshop (register separately for this event)
When: December 8, 2023 4-8 PM and December 9 from 10-4 PM: $5 entry or bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Port Angeles Food Bank for $2 off
Where: Clallam County Fairgrounds (at Lincoln Park) 1608 W 16th St, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Deck Out the Docks: See Boats Decorated for the Holidays at the Port Angeles Marina
Dozens of boats will be decorated and lit up for the holidays and the public is asked to vote for their favorite boat!
When: December 8, 2023, 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Port Angeles Boat Haven, 1305 Marine Dr. Port Angeles, WA 98362
PA Panto Presents: Ethel Mermaid and the Varying Degrees of Evil”!
Come join for a romp with mermaids! And a squid. And some sea monkeys. Trouble is brewing in the undersea kingdom of Pysht. Triton is leaving, Ogai is plotting a hostile takeover, and Ethel wants it all to make sense. Steve Methner State Farm presents “Ethel Mermaid and the Varying Degrees of Evil”! Come cheer on the good guys and boo the baddies! This hilarious theatrical-meets-sing-along experience will bring on an exuberant amount of holiday cheer. Get more information and tickets here!
When: 7 PM on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16 and 2 PM on Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17
Where: Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd. Port Angeles, WA 98362
Watch the Preview YouTube video A Salish Sea Shanty with PA Panto!
See One of the Best Holiday Light Displays West of Seattle, Washington
As you drive Highway 101 into Port Angeles from the east, you’ll see an amazing holiday light display in the town of Blyn. The Jamstown S’Klallam tribe goes all out for the holidays by wrapping everything in lights — it’s a truly spectacular sight to get you into the holiday spirit. While there, stop into the 7 Cedars Casino to test your luck or feast on prime rib or a gooey rack of ribs with a craft cocktail.