Gateway: Living

Holiday events across Gig Harbor offer something for everyone

As we turn the corner into November, there is no better time to send a sincere thank you to all the citizens, organizations, businesses, sponsors, residents and children that make all our community events so special. This year was full of another batch of amazing events. The enthusiasm is off the charts.

The year is winding down, yet there are still many events to enjoy. On Nov. 11, a flag ceremony will be performed by the Boy Scouts at Skansie Brothers Park beginning at 11 a.m. This Veterans Day annual tradition will include the Boy Scout Honor Guard performing a 21-gun salute and concludes with a flag retirement ceremony. Come thank our troops and support this event rain or shine.

On Nov. 28 we welcome Small Business Saturday. This nationwide movement, started by American Express in 2010, is gaining steam. With over 3 million followers on Facebook, this is a sign that community members have great interest in supporting local merchants all across the country. Make this day an opportunity for you to browse, shop and support our local small retailers right here in Gig Harbor. More information at

The high schools come abuzz with holiday cheer beginning the weekend of Thanksgiving. Taking place at Peninsula High School, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29, Winterfest hosts thousands of holiday shoppers who peruse over two hundred arts and crafts displays. Get a head start on holiday shopping, and pick up a handcrafted items or enjoy gourmet food creations. The student groups support the event by selling food to benefit their individual clubs. Also during Winterfest, Peninsula High is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Hall of Wreaths Silent Auction, Food Fair and holiday music performed by students are highlights of the event.

The next weekend, it’s all about Tidefest — a long-standing tradition at Gig Harbor High School. With such a large majority of the student body participating in the success of this fine arts and crafts festival, you are bound to see someone you know and find something you cannot live without. The festival raises money for the school’s activities and athletics programs, including the Speech and Debate team, and the school newspaper. About 150 artists will be on hand, selling everything from glass art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and clothing to paintings, wood products and leather bags — truly one-of-a-kind items. There is no better way to support our public school programs.

December brings an array of wintertime fun, beginning on Dec. 5 with the city annual tree lighting. Watch for more information about all holiday events in the Holiday Event Guide in the Nov. 18 edition of The Gateway.

All event information can be found on our comprehensive visitor website Thank you, Gig Harbor!