Sunday, October 21, 2018


Press Release

The Holidays Shine Brighter
in the San Juan Islands

Photo courtesy of San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Tree lightings, artisan fairs, and an Island Nutcracker bring good cheer to the San Juan Holiday Season

Friday Harbor, WA - Son of a nutcracker! Take Buddy the Elf’s advice this holiday season, and don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. Instead, escape the mainland’s mad rush and discover island time with a winter forest hike or walk on a stormy beach, a great meal fireside, and holiday spirit with friends new and old. Small-town traditions, locals greeting each other on the street, and time to reflect on what really matters; a San Juan Islands holiday will make smiling your favorite, too.

Here, Santa arrives by ship and shopping is small, not mall. Holiday gifts mean so much more when they are made by someone you know. And in the San Juan Islands, it’s easy to meet the craftspeople who create the art, crafts, foods and more. Discover their work at holiday artisan fairs, farmers' markets, and in local shops. As a mecca for artists, local galleries on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands present an array of island-made jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, and sculpture

Feast of Guadalupe Parade Friday Harbor (Photo by Barbara Marrett)

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, a festive lineup of Holiday Events and Specials offer plenty of ways to keep friends and families busy, from holiday plays and concerts to wine tastings and dinners, special restaurant and lodging packages and more. Three tree lighting ceremonies in Eastsound Village Green, Lopez Village, and Friday Harbor will brighten up the chilly nights with carolers, cookies, hot cider, and good cheer.

Friday Harbor/San Juan Island Events

Lopez Island Events

November 23, Lopez Village Holiday Lighting & Gathering

Orcas Island Events:

November 23, Eastsound Art Walk
November 23-24, The Olga Symphony
December 1-2, Holiday Artisans Faire

Holiday Lights, Friday Harbor (Photo by John Sinclair)

Additional holiday events and specials, as they are added, may be found at Find more suggestions for a Cozy Island Holiday on our San Juan Islands Experiences section at

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