HOLIDAY ON THE BAY
When you shop local in downtown Port Orchard, you support small businesses and capture the spirit of the season with your gift giving. Take the time to enjoy the festive holiday decorations that light up Bay Street. This will be the fourth year Bay Street is 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. Awards will be given by judges at the end of November and there is a People’s Choice award. 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 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 in downtown Port Orchard. The Port Orchard Bay Street Association is pleased to announce that there will be Downtown Dollars again this year – thank you Bruce Titus Ford for sponsoring this event!
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 lighting up downtown Port Orchard, to decorating trees on Bay Street to Small Business Saturday on November 27 to the Festival of Chimes and Lights on December 4th 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.”
Schedule coming soon! Check back for all the activities.