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There’s a running joke in my family about the time I begged my husband to take me to New York City to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. We were visiting his parents who live so very close to NYC, and my little southern girl heart couldn’t stand the thought of not seeing the tree I’d admired for so many years on TV. It was Thanksgiving weekend so my husband agreed, and we along with his brother and his wife bundled up for a fun evening in the city.

I was thrilled!

We drove down. We fought the traffic. We paid an exorbitant rate for parking and walked many many blocks to see … that the tree was still surrounded by scaffolding. We were five days early. Talk about a Christmas bummer! We had a great time anyhow, walking around Manhattan, staring in awe at all the lights and billboards and people, but each time we got near Rockefeller Center, which we somehow managed to circle all night, my brother-in-law would tease, “Look, Jodi! It’s the tree! And it’s not lit …”

Thanks, Jay! You’re a real riot!

Anywho, I may have missed out that year, but I won’t be missing out on the many local tree lighting events in Kitsap County, and neither will you! Here’s my list of tree lighting festivities to check out this year in Kitsap County. Click for more information!


The Poulsbo Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kick off the holiday season in Little Norway with the Poulsbo Tree Lighting! Gather around the giant Viking statue beginning at 5pm, see a parade at 6:45pm, and watch the tree light up at 7pm! An after party will be held at Hudson Auto Center with all kinds of food and fun PLUS free pictures with Santa!

Lighting at the Viking Statue at the corner of Viking Avenue and Finn Hill Rd
Friday, November 25th, 5pm – 9pm

Silverdale’s 62nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Silverdale’s Tree Lighting is a can’t miss with tractor hayrides from Oxford Suites and cookies, cocoa, and toy making fun at Silverdale Antiques. And of course, Santa will roll into town just in time to light the tree at 6pm!

Various locations
Saturday, November 26th, 2pm – 6pm

Bainbridge Downtown Holiday Events & Shopping!

Bainbridge Island will kick off the holiday season this Saturday with a whole day of fun activities! Free horse drawn carriage rides, holiday music, and the tree lighting in the evening are just a few of the fun events planned!






Saturday, November 26, 10am -6:30 pm (with activities lasting all month long!)

Magic in Manette

Enjoy the first Friday Artwalk and celebrate the holidays, too! Take pictures with Santa, enjoy a Scavenger Hunt through the area, and be on hand at 7:15pm to see the Christmas Tree light up the night!

Friday, December 2, 5pm – 8pm
Downtown Manette

Festival of Chimes and Lights

Port Orchard puts on its annual show with the Fesitval of Chimes and Lights on December 3rd. Enjoy hayrides, a Pooch ‘n Purr Pet Parade, and a FREE movie at the Dragonfly Cinema while you’re waiting for Santa to arrive and light the tree! And don’t forget the 6th Annual Jingle Bell Run!

Saturday, December 3, 11am – 7:30
Downtown Port Orchard

Bremerton Winterfest

Enjoy the shops and restaurants of downtown Bremerton as well as free horse drawn carriage rides, the Bremerton High School Marching Band, and Santa coming to light the tree!

Saturday, December 3, 4pm – 8pm
Downtown Bremerton

Kingston Cove Christmas Celebration

A holiday gift fair, Santa’s Workshop, music, lights, food, and more are waiting for you at Kingston Cove Christmas Celebration! Kingston always puts on a great show, and their Christmas celebration will be no different!

Saturday, December 3, 10am -7pm
Various locations

Country Christmas in Port Gamble

They’ve got horse-drawn hayrides, over 100,000 holidays lights, and the only holiday FIREWORKS DISPLAY in Western Washington! Pictures with Santa available in Santa’s Workshop!

Saturday and Sunday, December 10 -11
All thru the town of Port Gamble

No matter where you live, Kitsap County has a Christmas Tree Lighting just for you!




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