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Embrace the Magic: Holiday Activities on Whidbey Island - December 2023

As the winter chill settles in and the festive spirit fills the air, there's no better place to experience the magic of the holiday season than on Whidbey Island. Nestled in the heart of the Puget Sound, this picturesque island becomes a haven for those seeking a blend of natural beauty and festive cheer. December 2023 brings a myriad of activities that promise to warm your heart and create cherished memories. From charming small-town celebrations to outdoor adventures, Whidbey Island offers a holiday experience like no other.

Langley's Deck the Doors: A Charming Tradition

Langley, with its historic waterfront and artistic charm, kicks off the holiday season with the annual "Deck the Doors" event. Local businesses and residents participate by adorning their doors and windows with festive decorations, transforming the town into a winter wonderland. Take a leisurely stroll down the streets lined with boutiques, galleries, and cafes, each exuding a unique holiday spirit. The creativity and community spirit on display are sure to inspire and uplift, reminding everyone of the power of unity and shared joy.

Greenbank Farm's Holiday Market: Local Treasures Await

First 3 Weekends in December

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Christmas Tree Lighting

Sunday, Dec 3rd – 3:00 – 5:00

For a taste of Whidbey Island's local artistry and craftsmanship, head to Greenbank Farm's Holiday Market. This gathering of artisans showcases a wide array of handmade goods, from intricate jewelry to cozy knitted scarves. Support local artists and find one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the farm. The market fosters a sense of community and highlights the island's commitment to sustainability and supporting local businesses.

The historic farm will host a holiday tree lighting at 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 3. For those who can’t make it for the lighting, visit the farm daily through December for the Farm Lights Festival.

Coupeville's Christmas Parade: Small Town, Big Heart

December 3, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience the heartwarming charm of a small-town Christmas with Coupeville's Christmas Parade. The quaint streets come alive with the festive spirit as locals and visitors alike gather to watch the procession of decorated floats, marching bands, and, of course, Santa Claus himself. The sense of community is palpable as the town comes together to celebrate the season, emphasizing the importance of connection and spreading joy.

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's Nutcracker: A Timeless Tradition

Dec 08 - Dec 17 2023

For those seeking a more classical celebration of the holidays, the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre presents their rendition of the timeless classic, "The Nutcracker." This enchanting performance, complete with elaborate costumes and graceful choreography, transports audiences to a magical world. The dedication and talent of the local dancers shine through, making it a must-see for families and art enthusiasts alike. It's a reminder of the beauty that can be created when a community comes together to celebrate the arts.

Light up your Holiday at Fort Casey

December 9 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

Discover pass required for parking. Free event. Come enjoy a fun and magical evening at Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse will be decked out in Christmas lights. Santa pictures, music, children games and roasting marshmallows around the fire.

A Celtic Christmas with the Beggar Boys

December 9, 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Warm up your holiday season as The Beggar Boys bring traditional Christmas music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales to the Pacific Northwest. The ethereal voice of Abigail Lennox blends with fiddles, whistle, and guitar to create the Beggar Boys' signature blend of traditional songs and tunes and powerful originals.. This festive program will also feature Larry Young's dramatic storytelling and live Irish step dancing – a perfect family holiday treat.

December 2 @ 12:00 pm

Langley presents its annual holiday parade. After the parade, shop and stroll and enjoy the unique flavor of this seaside town. After the Langley Holiday Parade, come to the fairgrounds and the Turner Building for hot chocolate, sweet treats, gift shopping, and more. Be sure to wear your favorite costume. This event is free and family-friendly.

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christmas carolers will be roaming around Pioneer way and Santa will arrive at 5:00 for the tree lighting at 5:30. Santa will be available after the tree lighting for pictures and to talk with kids at the Harborside Village.

A Christmas Carol at Whidbey Playhouse

Starting Friday, Dec. 8, the Whidbey Playhouse is presenting “A Christmas Carol,” written by Charles Dickens and adapted by director Stan Thomas. The public is welcome to view the show on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 17. Tickets cost $15 and are available at

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bayview Community Hall 5642 Bayview Rd, Langley, WA, United States

Find unique gifts and have fun while doing so at the Bayview Winter Wonderland Market.

Holiday Market at Seabiscuit Bakery

December 17, 10AM - 4PM

Seabiscuit Bakery is hosting its second annual Holiday Market in the woods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 17. Sip on warm beverages, nosh on savory bites and sweets and shop one-of-a-kind gifts from local makers. Browse a curated selection of jewelry, gifts made with repurposed materials, woodwork, tea, hand-forged knives, pottery, soaps, candles, textiles, leather craft, food, cider, mead and much, much more – all from local artists, makers and producers. The bakery is located at 3228 Lake Leo Way.

Whidbey Island, with its quaint towns, natural beauty, and close-knit community, provides a magical backdrop for holiday celebrations. Whether you're strolling through the decorated streets of Langley, marveling at the artistry of local craftsmen at Greenbank Farm, or immersing yourself in the enchanting world of "The Nutcracker," the island offers a diverse array of activities to ignite the holiday spirit.

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