Bainbridge Island Holiday Events Guide (Updated) – Here’s a Rundown of What’s Happening from December 1st through December 15th (and beyond)

December 1 - 23 image 1ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY TURKEY NOW! Winney Farm has fresh birds for your holiday feast, visit their online ordering system here.

THE ISLAND HOLIDAY COMMUNITY MEAL PROJECT – order deadline for December 22nd meals is Monday, December 11th! This year, the project is expanding its reach to include even more people. In addition to its traditional meal deliveries, the project will again offer a dine-in option at Saint Cecilia’s Catholic Church from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The project is a collaboration led by compassionate and dedicated community volunteer Laura Van Dyke, Island Volunteer Caregivers (IVC), Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, and Sportsman’s Club. Sign-up sheets, for both dine-in and delivered meals, are available at IVC, Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, Helpline House, Winslow Arms, Finch Place, and Virginia Villa.

NOW through DECEMBER 31ST: MANOR HOUSE CONCERT SERIES at Pleasant Beach Village – multiple dates throughout November and December. Click here for details and tickets.

NOW through DECEMBER 10TH – Kiwanis Club Holiday Wreaths – Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from noon-3pm. Pick up at the entrance to Rite-Aid in Island Village. The Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island Foundation funds BHS scholarships, All Comers Track Meets, Educator of the Year, Key Club and Builders Club and much more! For pre-orders and delivery, call 206-201-3130.

NOW through DECEMBER 23rd – HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING at Bainbridge Gardens – Creating a wreath is easy and fun. One of their staff members will get you started! There’s no charge to use their wreath machine, but you do need to purchase a wreath ring from them. You can bring your own greens or buy from them. Finish off your wreath with a ribbon, pine cones, or holiday decor. They sell boxes for if you’d like to ship it as a gift via UPS. Reservations required, call them at 206-842-5888. For more info, visit: Bainbridge Gardens

NOW through JANUARY: KiDiMu SOCK SKATING – Come slip and slide on KiDiMu’s faux skating rink. Take off your shoes and skate along the slippery surface in your socks. Click here for more details.

CHRISTMAS TREES at Bainbridge Island/Suyematsu FarmsLocated at their Manzanita Road Christmas Tree Farm. Pre-Cut and U-Cut Christmas trees are available for sale the day after Thanksgiving until sold out. Sizes range from 3- to 12-feet. All Christmas trees are charged by the foot. They also offer fresh wreaths, garland, holiday arrangements, holly, and more. For hours, please check their Facebook page here.

NOW through JANUARY 2ND – COAT DRIVE brought to you by Finding Fresh Bainbridge. Bring your gently used coats, gloves, knit caps, and warm clothing to T&C Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo and deposit in the large red boxes (donated by Bainbridge Self-Storage). All donations will be hand delivered to Fishline after throughout the collection period.

NOW through DECEMBER 23RD: MANOR HOUSE 2023 GINGERBREAD HOUSE PARTY ~ Pleasant Beach Village. This holiday classic is back again in all its sugary-sweet, glittery glory. Build your own gingerbread dream house and sip on complimentary hot cider, or the bar will be open with festive hot and cold holiday beverages for purchase. Multiple dates/times and reservations are required. Tickets are limited, click here to get yours.

DECEMBER 1STFIRST FRIDAY ART WALK, Downtown Winslow and the Bainbridge Public Library – 6pm 8pm.

DECEMBER 1ST through DECEMBER 11TH (or until supplies run out) – Gingerbread Houses at KiDiMu – Visit KiDiMu to design and build your own gingerbread house! Graham crackers, icing, and candy will be provided.

DECEMBER 1ST and 2ND – BIMA’S WINTER NIGHT MARKET – Join them on the plaza for lights, music, food, and shopping—enjoy vendors from all over the PNW! The event includes: DIY activities for all ages, Live music & performances, Holiday themed drinks for all ages, Keep warm in one of our fire pit zones, FREE movies in the BIMA auditorium, FREE photo booth…and more!

DECEMBER 1ST through 10TH – CINDERELLA presented by Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest – Tickets on sale now for the December mainstage show, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” (Enchanted Edition)! Click here for tickets.

December 1 - 23 image 2DECEMBER 1st through 17th – DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” presented by BAINBRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS – Pay-What-You-Can Preview Night: Thursday, November 30 – Dive into the magic this December with BPA’s captivating production of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast”. Journey to a whimsical French village and experience Belle’s daring adventure as she exchanges her freedom to save her father from the Beast, a prince under a spell. Buy tickets here.

DECEMBER 1ST (7:30pm) AND DECEMBER 2ND (3pm & 7:30pm) AMABILE CHOIR presents SONGS FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT at Bethany Lutheran Church- The program includes songs celebrating our various holiday traditions, both sacred and secular, including Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song for Winter’s Night”, Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Ivo Antognini’s “Christe Redemptor Omnium” and a selection of traditional and modern arrangements of your favorite Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. Olympic Serenade Quartet will be accompanied by Katrina Noble on piano and other local musicians will join them. For tickets, click here.

DECEMBER 1ST through DECEMBER 23RD – ELVES ON THE SHOP SHELVES – Join the search for Downtown Elves on Shelves! 32 participating stores will have Elf “bingo cards” available to elf sleuths, to locate the hidden elves in their stores. When you find the elf, head to that store’s checkout desk and you’ll get a stamp that you’ve found their elf. Find 10 or more, and bring your card down to Calico Toy Shoppe by December 23 2023, to enter a drawing on December 24th to win a special gift!

DECEMBER 1ST, 2ND and 3RD – BAINBRIDGE ISLAND WINTER STUDIO TOUR – With 48 juried artists in five venues, this art event offers quality, hand-crafted art, where you can meet the artist and buy directly from them. This is the 40th anniversary for the Winter Tour, and they are celebrating with a huge gift basket raffle at each studio, no purchase necessary.

This free, self-guided tour takes place from 10am to 5pm each day, and you will find a variety of art mediums, such as metal work, jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber, mixed media, photography, garden art, and glass. For a map of the venues, click here.

DECEMBER 2nd – SANTA PAWS: PET PORTRAITS WITH SANTA at Bay Hay & Feed – 12pm – 4pm. $20 Donation to Kitsap Humane Society.

DECEMBER 2ND and 16TH – SANTA VISITS Manor House at Pleasant Beach Village – 11am to 3pm – this is a free event and everyone is welcome!

DECEMBER 2ND through DECEMBER 31ST – WINTER WONDERS at BLOEDEL RESERVE – Winter Wonders is a fun, community oriented, outdoor Bloedel Reserve tradition designed to get you in the holiday spirit. Enjoy a wintry walk through the gardens and pause at the Residence to enjoy festive decorations, photo opportunities, and community-oriented activities. For times and tickets, click here.

DECEMBER 3rdBAINBRIDGE YOUTH CHOIR is hosting a holiday concert, “In the Dazzling Darkness,” at 3 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Their three youth choirs will be performing, and everyone in the community is welcome (free admission). You can find more information about the Bainbridge Youth Choir at https://www.bainbridgeyouthchoir.com/.

DECEMBER 8th, 9th, 10th and 15th, 16th, 17thTHE LESSER-KNOWN PLAYERS present Abigail’s Party, a play by Mike Leigh, directed by Gary Fetterplace. Abigails Party is a suburban situation comedy of manners. Abigail’s Party is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. Location: The Grange Hall, 10340 N. Madison Avenue. For tickets and additional information, visit: https://www.lesserknownplayers.org/

DECEMBER 9th and 10th – THE BAINBRIDGE CHORALE presents This Night of Glory, a celebration of the holiday season featuring John Rutter’s joyous Gloria, accompanied by a brass ensemble and percussion.  Another notable work is contemporary composer Naomi LaViolette’s gently meditative Night of Silence. They will also present the premiere performance of Be the Light, a new composition by the Chorale’s Artistic Director Michael Austin Miller. Its optimistic message that we can all bring light and joy to the world is emphasized by its syncopated tune, rising as inexorably as the sun. The piano brings in touches of familiar carols, including Joy to the World and Silent Night. The Family Holiday Concert includes much of the same repertoire as the full-length concert, designed to appeal to all ages. It’s a family-friendly concert about an hour long, suitable for children or anyone who prefers a shorter concert. All concerts are performed at the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church.

December 1 - 23 image 3DECEMBER 10th – The 6th annual MENORAH ON THE GREEN celebration is here! Bring your Family and Friends to Celebrate Chanukah in the heart of Bainbridge Island! Featuring: Live Klezmer band! * Giant 9 Foot Menorah Lighting * Hot Latkes & Donuts * Chocolate Gelt * Chanukah themed arts & crafts * FUN FOR ALL AGES – 4:00pm Winslow Green – Downtown Winslow – near the gazebo. Please click here to RSVP, so they can prepare accordingly.

DECEMBER 11TH – CRESCENDO PUBLIC CONCERTCelebrate the Season! 7pm at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE. Enjoy a joyful mix of seasonal songs, Broadway tunes, standards and more. The evening’s song list will range from “Sleigh Ride,” “Hanukkah Hayom,” “Carol of the Bells” and other seasonal favorites to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Dominick the Donkey,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and other light-hearted holiday tunes. Wendi Olinger directs this 28-person adult ensemble with Catherine Benson as accompanist. Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted! Crescendo is part of Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest, a Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit entertainment group. For more information, go to www.ovationmtb.com/crescendo.

BIFD Holiday Music Truck mapDECEMBER 13TH through DECEMBER 24THBainbridge Island Fire Department’s HOLIDAY MUSIC TRUCK will be touring the island, bringing music and cheer! We will update with the tracking link/schedule as soon as its available.

DECEMBER 15TH – RANGER AND THE “RE-ARRANGERS” Jazzy Holiday Concert – 7:00PM — 9:00PM at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium – “Over the years, we’ve developed a small repertoire of jazzy holiday tunes–we really enjoy playing them, and there’s only a short season when we get to break them out! For this show we’ll play a mix of our regular repertoire and those ‘Re-Arranged’ holiday classics. We’ll have our full band at this one, with Dave Stewart on mandolin and vocals.” Seats fill up fast and reservations are recommended, contact them at info@RangerSwings to reserve your seats. There is no ticket price, but donations are gladly accepted. *This event is presented solely by Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” and may not reflect the mission and values of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art or its staff*

DECEMBER 23RDCOMMUNITY CAROLING to benefit HELPLINE HOUSE!  Bring the whole family to the Community Caroling event at 4 pm on Saturday, December 23, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church in downtown Winslow. We’ll sing favorite Christmas carols and holiday songs, accompanied by piano and led by Wendi Olinger. This event is co-hosted by the Bainbridge Chorale, Ovation MTB and Amabile Choir with all proceeds benefiting Helpline House. Admission is free, but please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food, cash or a check made out to Helpline House.

ISLANDWOOD also has a variety of events on tap, visit their website here for details.

CHECK OUT the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) for a variety of events including musical performances, exhibits, talks, films, food and shopping and much more! Click here to view their full Events Calendar.

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