Time To Get Ready For The Holidays!

To get you ready for the holidays here are a few festivities happening this week!

Dec. 3: Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration
Old Fashioned
Start your holiday season off by attending a time-honored island event. The San Juan Historical Museum’s heritage buildings will be decorated in holiday finery and aglow with sparkling lights.

The Island Chordsmen Plus and others will take the lead in traditional caroling. Children of all ages will delight in the winter wonderland train set and Santa Claus will be our special guest, so have your smart phones ready for selfies with Santa.

Warm up with Ivar’s world famous clam chowder, chili from Ernie’s Café, hot apple cider, festive baked goodies galore and much more.
It’s a free event and donations are welcomed. All proceeds benefit the developing Museum of History and Industry.

San Juan Historical Museum-Thursday, December 3rd, 5 – 8 pm

Please contact the museum for further information at (360) 378-3949 or www.sjmuseum.org

Dec. 4: Island Lights festival brimming with new activities
Lights
San Juan Island’s Island Lights Festival takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. December 4, 2015 in Friday Harbor. San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Brickworks, the Whale Museum, Island Rec, Animal Protection Society and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild.

The activities include:

3:30 to 5 p.m. Open House and ornament making at the Whale Museum.

5 p.m. Caroling from the Whale Museum down to Memorial Park with the Friday Harbor Elementary School Choir, led by Joshua Boland. At the park, the carolers will meet up for more singing by the Island Chordsman Plus led by Angel Michaels.

After the caroling, Santa will arrive and turn the lights on, followed by more caroling before heading up to Brickworks for chestnuts on the open fire, pictures by Mark Gardner with Santa, crafts with Island Rec, animal Shelter Giving tree, cocoa, and more.

Brickworks and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild will have local harvest vegetable soup and bread for sale, along with spiced, local apple cider & hot chocolate.

For more details please contact the Chamber of Commerce 360-378-5240, becki@sanjuanisland.org.

Dec. 5: SJCT’s Holiday Festival
Festival
San Juan Community Theatre’s Holiday Festival has a long tradition of bringing islanders together to celebrate and enjoy the festive season.

The 2015 event – at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 – (our biggest FUNdraiser of the year) keeps the tradition alive with the return of auctioneer Jay Fiske, silent and live auction items (including many travel and dining experiences—just click HERE http://sjctheatre.org/festival/2015/Auction/2015_auction_landing.asp for our on-line live auction catalogue) and new twists to both the gourmet food and the musical entertainment.

For the first time, staff from COHO Restaurant will create the culinary delights for the evening, which include passed appetizers and a post-auction gourmet buffet supper.

SJCT’s Bobby Ryan (Artistic Director) and Mary Blevins (CAO) will take the helm on the Whittier stage to host the evening’s main entertainment featuring theatrical treats from island actors and musicians followed by supper music and dancing on the Whittier stage.

The evening will bring glimmers of a modern return to the stylish 1940s—a time to embrace the joy of the holidays with theatre and island friends.

Tickets are $100 per person (limited seating). They can be purchased online https://tickets.sjctheatre.org/TheatreManager/1/login&event=659 or at the Box Office 360-378-3210.