Nativity Wins ‘Best Traditional Display’


Award and Caroling Make Christmas Merry & Bright @ the Boatyard

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard received a nice gift last Friday afternoon, right before singers gathered to warm up their voices for a community Christmas caroling evening at The Club @ the Boatyard.

The boatyard won the ‘Best Traditional Display’ prize in the Deck the Harbor decorations contest organized by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance. The judges awarded the prize to the boatyard for the beautiful nativity scene and lighted Christmas trees on display outside the Reception Center set up on boatyard property this month.

displayThe welcome center, nativity display and other decorations were organized by the ad hoc Christmas Nativity Committee of local church and business leaders that formed this holiday season.

The group, led by Gary Wiens of Burning Heart Ministries, has been busy with a toy and clothing drive at the Reception Center, sharing the Christian message of Christmas with visitors at the center and organizing events such as the well-attended community Christmas caroling evening on Dec. 15.

Over 100 people attended and participated in singing “traditional Christmas carols dressed up in a contemporary style,” said Wiens. Carolers were led by Gunnar Tesdahl of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church and were accompanied by a band made up of musicians from four local churches.

“Many attendees also enjoyed eating dinner at The Trolley, which has fantastic food,” said Wiens.

Carolers also, no doubt, enjoyed walking past the award-winning nativity scene chosen by Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance judges made up of Alliance Executive Director Mary DesMarais, Special Projects Coordinator Josh Sherwin and Waterfront Farmers Market Manager Heidi Gerling.

“Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront merchants have decked themselves to the hilt…” – Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance

“All were thrilled with the creative energy and holiday spirit demonstrated by the participating businesses,” said the Alliance’s Facebook post announcing Deck the Harbor winners.

“Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront merchants have decked themselves to the hilt for the annual Deck the Harbor decorating contest,” said the Alliance’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Waterfront’ Facebook page.

Each year the downtown waterfront businesses join in a friendly competition to create festive window displays, storefronts and interiors to help create an old-fashioned, small-town Christmas feeling.

Community Invited to Vote for ‘People’s Choice’ Award

“The Gig Harbor community is invited to come downtown and see these wonderful displays this holiday season,” reminds the Waterfront Alliance. 

And the voting continues, so be sure to participate! You can take part in the contest by voting for your favorite business to win the “People’s Choice” award.

When shopping or strolling the downtown waterfront, just look for the “If You Like What You See, Come in and Vote for Me” sign in the window indicating participating businesses. Ballots for voting will be inside. Voting has been extended through Dec. 21.


Gary Wiens, left, of Burning Heart Ministries and chairman of the Christmas Nativity Committee, and Ron Roark, managing director of Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, show their ‘Best Traditional Display’ award. (Photo courtesy of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.)

Be sure to stop by the Reception Center at 3155 Harborview Drive and cast your vote for Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. See the nativity scene out front, come in and enjoy refreshments and Christmas displays by local churches, and drop off your generous donations of toys and children’s outerwear.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays One and All



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