Gig Harbor Shines with Candlelight Christmas

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s annual Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor activities go into full swing this weekend. The festivities started last night with the Ugly Sweater contest in the Skansie Brothers Park pavilion and go through Dec. 13 when the decorated Argosy Christmas ship arrives in the harbor.

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Gig Harbor Shines with Candlelight Christmas Festivities

A handful of enthusiastic souls “got their ugly on,” as the Alliance tagged the event, and braved the day’s heavy rain and gathered in their sweater finery for judging on Thursday evening. Karrie Polinski, manager of Tickled Pink, won for Overall Ugliest Sweater and proudly pirouetted in her tinsel garland-trimmed sweater to the applause of other contestants.

Other categories were Best Kid, Most Festive, Funniest and Traditional ugly sweater. Winners received gift cards from the Tides Tavern, a mug and hot cocoa packets and spiffy sweater ornaments and buttons.

Gig Harbor Shines with Candlelight Christmas Festivities

More holiday events for celebrating the Magic of Christmas take place along the downtown waterfront this weekend. Be sure to take part in the Holiday Hayrides with Santa on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12, loading at Timberland Bank on Judson Street from 4:30- 7:30 p.m.. Refreshments will be served by the friendly Timberland Bank staff in the lobby.  Be sure to dress warmly and plan for more of the rain we’ve been having.

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The Gig Harbor Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. Come enjoy the dazzling decorated boats as they slowly circle the harbor, and maybe even make a dinner reservation at a favorite waterfront restaurant to ensure good viewing of this popular event.

Gig Harbor Shines with Candlelight Christmas Festivities

“Hark the Harbor” on Sunday, Dec. 13 is a fun family event where you can join in community caroling while awaiting the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. This is the sixth year the Downtown Waterfront Alliance has sponsored this event, which starts at 5:45 p.m. at the pavilion in Skansie Brothers Park . Sharon Stearnes, former staff organist for Tacoma Pizza and Pipes and the Seattle Mariners, is a wonderful family-oriented entertainer who will lead the singing of traditional and contemporary carols. The Waterfront Alliance will provide songbooks and candles.

IMG_0036a (Medium)In spite of it being his busy time of year, you might even find Santa Claus joining in the fun. At 6:35 p.m. the caroling will end as the Argosy Christmas Ship makes its appearance, all aglow in festive lights. The Olympia Youth Choir, Cantabile, will be on board to perform for your listening pleasure.


Gig Harbor Shines with Candlelight Christmas Festivities

Throughout December come downtown and enjoy the fifth year of the “Deck the Harbor-Window Decorating Contest.” Enjoy the talent and creativity of downtown waterfront businesses as windows are transformed into beautiful and holiday-inspired works of art. You may vote for your favorite window through Dec. 31.

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~ Compiled from Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance website. See more at Gig Harbor Waterfront ~ Pictured above (left to right) are Mary DesMarais, executive director of the Waterfront Alliance, Josh Sherwin, special projects coordinator, and Heidi Gerling, market manager. Thank you, Downtown Waterfront Alliance!

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