Festival of Chimes and Lights


Chimes and Lights Port Orchard

South Kitsap High School Band plays traditional Christmas carols at Port Orchard City Hall.

Festival of Chimes Lights Port Orchard
Small Town Aglow with Holiday Warmth and Charm

It’s time to start making your holiday plans, so the special time of the year does not sneak up on you. If you’re looking for a warm, wonderful Christmas experience, come to the Festival of Chimes and Lights Port Orchard, WA,  Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Festiveal of Chimes and LIghts Port Orchard WashingtonIt’s hard to fully describe the feeling of small town warmth that community on the bay rolls out each holiday season. The city is festively lit everywhere–downtown, homes on the hillside, the boats in the marina, and of course the iconic city hall with picturesque clock tower.

The day starts out with the famed Port Orchard Jingle Bell Run/Walk, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, with costumed participants ranging from the serious runner to friends chatting as they stroll the 5K route.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Tree

Downtown, there are free cookies and hot chocolate at the Library, and lots of other goodies and fun offered by the numerous shop-keepers along Bay Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck, hay rides run throughout, choirs sing, pets compete in the Pooch n’ Purr Parade and families are entertained with activities ranging from crafts and stories in the library to cookie decorating at the bakery.

The evening climaxes with the lighting of the big Christmas tree at city hall… Port Orchard’s version of the ball dropping at Times Square, but with a NChristmas Lights boats Port Orchard Washingtonormal Rockwell small town feel. People in South Kitsap are laid back. They will understand if you get so caught up in the holiday spirit, you hug a stranger. Be sure to dress warmly and bring the whole family to this truly heart-warming event. Complete schedule at City of Port Orchard.


Port Orchard is the county seat of Kitsap County on the Kitsap Peninsula. Port Orchard is easily reached from the mainland by driving SR 16 over the picturesque twin suspension bridges at the Tacoma Narrows. Better yet leave your car behind and take a Washington State Ferry to Bremerton and a short passenger only ferry ride from Bremerton to the Port Orchard waterfront and downtown. Learn more about Port Orchard by watching the Port Orchard Visitor’s Video. 

Festival of Chimes Lights Port Orchard

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