HOLIDAY ON THE BAY
You support small businesses and capture the spirit of Port Orchard with your gift giving when you shop downtown. Take the time to enjoy the festive holiday decorations that light up Bay Street. “Holiday on the Bay” is the theme for all things holiday-related downtown for the next two months, beginning Sunday, November 3rd when the Port Orchard Bay Street Association (POBSA), along with community volunteers, hangs icicle lights and cleans up the planters. Several members of the community came to help out!
This will be the second year Bay Street will be lined with trees decorated by sponsoring businesses or individuals. The City of Port Orchard is coordinating the trees, placing them in all of the large flower pots that line the sidewalks downtown. The cost to sponsor and decorate a tree is $50 and trees can be reserved at City Hall. Decorations can promote a business or service club, or just provide a creative outlet for a family. Everyone is invited to Bay Street to vote for their favorite tree from mid-November to December 21st. Drop your ballot with a participating merchant or leave it at the Port Orchard Public Market to be counted. POBSA will announce the People’s Choice tree winner as well as draw for the winner of the large gift basket filled with merchandise donated by POBSA members.
Enjoy wandering in and out of the numerous small shops, each with a unique inventory of those one-of-a-kind gifts that are wonderful to receive, but arguably even more fun to give. Looking for a Sasquatch bottle opener or a glass jar filled with fresh salt water taffy? Both can be found on Bay Street and both make terrific gifts. A bottle of that hard to find IPA or a pair of knitted fingerless gloves? Bay Street. A Fenton glass fairy light or the perfect transfer ware turkey platter for your Thanksgiving hosts? A piece of art or a handcrafted item? You guessed it, all can be found on Bay Street.
While you can easily spend an entire day in the shops, don’t forget to stop for refreshments at one of the many independent restaurants (no chains here!) that can be found downtown. Stop for a holiday cocktail with friends. From authentic wood-fired pizza to delicious green curry to a fresh and crunchy Waldorf salad to a melt in your mouth prime rib, there is something to satisfy every appetite.
From helping light up downtown Port Orchard on November 3, to decorating trees on Bay Street to Small Business Saturday on November 30 to the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis and the Festival of Chimes and Lights on December 7th to Don’t Panic Saturday, numerous galas, performances, classes and customer appreciation events, downtown Port Orchard has something for everyone during “Holiday on the Bay.”