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Celebrating the Holidays with Lights!

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

Spirits will be bright this December with the annual Tree Lighting, Lighted Boat Parade and Lighted Car Parade By Jillian Chandler

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Gig Harbor will be shining bright come December. To kick off the holiday festivities, gather at Skansie Brothers Park at 5 to 7:30pm on December 3 for the annual Gig Harbor Tree Lighting, replete with live holiday sounds and Santa!

The Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, will make its way through the harbor December 10th, from 5 to 7pm, shining a light along the harbor to the enjoyment of both those participating and those on shore.

The long line of brightly decorated boats, which includes fishing vessels, pleasure boats and kayaks, will parade around Gig Harbor, with the route starting in front of Arabella’s Landing. All area boaters are welcome to sail in the parade, whether or not they are members of the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.

Each year continues to get better, and spectators will be treated to another amazing show.

The following weekend, on December 17, marks the third annual Lighted Car Parade, another event bringing magic and excitement to the community this holiday season. Fabulously festive vehicles will parade through town, with the parade route beginning and ending at the MultiCare parking lot in Uptown. This year’s event will feature Santa’s Village, with local businesses and organizations setting up festive booths for the community to stop by.

Once again, a fundraiser will be held to support some wonderful local organizations this holiday season. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, non-perishable food item(s), and/or diapers to benefit Peninsula Fish Food Bank, Food Backpacks 4 Kids and EBC Baby Corner. The fun takes place 4 to 7:30pm at the MultiCare parking lot, with the Lighted Car Parade starting at 5:30pm and returning to Uptown around 6pm, where participants will park their lighted and decorated cars for the community to enjoy. (For those businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade or Santa’s Village, you can sign up at There's nothing like celebrating the holiday season with family, friends and community in the harbor.

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