Garland Hanging!
Sunday November 18th Making Vashon Bright!

9AM to 1PM
Sign up to help!


The Chamber Board and volunteers will be hanging the holiday garland on Sunday November 18th. 
Last year we got most of Vashon town covered with garland and it looked great. The cost of garland is low and helps fund the events like Halloween & WinterFest Weekend. It includes set up and take down by Chamber volunteers so it is the best deal in town. Vashon looks great when it is all lit up so please encourage your neighboring businesses to order garland as well! HELP HANG GARLAND! It is fun and we feed you amazing chili!



The 2018 Tree Lighting & Santa Parade!
Vashon Town
Saturday December 1st
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm! 
(Rain or Shine) 

The Artists Studio Tour, Gingerbread Tour & Contest, Merchant Open Houses, Santa Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony! It is a relaxing and memorable way to kick off the holiday season! Join us in the heart of Vashon Town for this beloved holiday celebration.

Here is what is happening on Vashon for the Holidays!


Saturday December 1st, 2018


Holiday Open House! All Day.

Merchants will hold their traditional "Open House" all day during business hours and during the Santa Parade. Shop Vashon and visit Island shops for unique gifts. Bring in your coupon and enter to win wonderful prizes. Get your coupons in the Vashon Beachcomber.

Food Drive! 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Pre-Parade Activities at Vashon Village. 4:00 PM to 5:30PM

  • The Lodges on Vashon, CoreCentric, The Hive, Vashon Ebikes, and Vashon Brewing Company Pub will be hosting young and old with holiday crafts and more before the Santa Parade starts. Join them to kick off the celebration.

Pre-Parade Activities at the Town Tree: 5:00 PM to 8:00PM

  • Island Queen, Snapdragon, Voice of Vashon, Camp Colvos, The Presbyterian Church, Windermere Vashon, and Recess Lab will be hosting holiday activities in their parking lots including a Mulled Wine Garden, Hot Cider and Chocolate, Roasted chestnuts, Holiday Music and Holiday Crafts for the kids.
  • Waiting for Santa just got a whole lot better!

Santa Parade: 5:30 PM Start (Marshaling at 5:00 PM)

  • The Santa parade starts at dark (which is around 5:30 pm). The parade is starts at the parking lot at The Lodges on Vashon and goes through town to the new Christmas Tree on the corner between of 177th and Vashon Highway at the Presbyterian Church.
  • Click Here if you want to be a part of the parade.

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Starts Whenever Santa Arrives! (Figure 6ish)

  • Once Santa arrives, he will lead the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony at the stage at the base of the Tree at 177th and Vashon Highway

Meet Santa: After Tree Lighting Ceremony unitl 7:30pm.

  • Get a chance to meet with Santa one on one! Santa and crew will be holding court in the Vashon Recess Lab parking lot after he lights the tree.

Holiday Cookie Contest!

  • Think you have the best Christmas Cookie? Let Santa be the judge. Bring your cookies for Santa to sample.
  • Judging will take place after the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Fabulous prizes will be available for the best cookies.

Vashon Island Visual Artists Holiday Studio Tour: December 1-2 & 9-10 10 AM - 4 PM 

  • Artists on Vashon Island open their doors to the public for the first two weekends of December. Visitors may view artwork in the form of paintings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, garden art and even more.
  • Pick up a map and visit Vashon's Artist in their studios to see their latest work. A great way to shop for amazing gifts.
  • Click Here for More Info.

Friday December 7th

Gingerbread House Tour Friday - Sunday

  • The Gingerbread House Tour features creative houses at different island locations. Get a map and take a tour.
  • Vote on your favorite house. The Ballot Box is located between Kronos and The Vashon Book Store. Your entry could win you fabulous prizes.

First Friday! 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Come back to Vashon town and take part in the First Friday Gallery Walk.


ROAD CLOSURES! Roads will be closed from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

For the safety of all, roads in the heart of downtown will be closed between from 178th Street (Vashon Theatre) to Bank Road

Detour Signs, Street Barricades, King County Sheriffs and Volunteers will be out to prevent traffic from entering the celebration. Thank you in advance for your patience and for making the Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony tradition safe.

Vashon Highway from OberPark to Bank Road will be stopped temporary from 5:30 to 5:45 to allow Santa Parade to pass.  

Click here for the Road Closure & Detour Map.  

ROAD CLOSURES! Vashon Highway will be closed between Bank Road and 178th SW (by Vashon Theatre) from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  

Click Here for the Detour Map   
Northbound Traffic on Vashon Highway from South of town go West on 178th, North on 100th, East on Bank Road, to North on Vashon Highway.
BEALL ROAD DETOUR: Drivers heading north can take Beall Road to Bank Road, then North on Vashon Highway.  

Southbound Traffic on Vashon Highway North of Cove Rd: Detour West on Cove Rd, South on 107th SW, East on Bank Road, South on 103rd SW (the road behind IGA), East on 178th, South on Vashon Highway.    

BEALL ROAD DETOUR ROUTE:  From Vashon Highway Heading South: East on East Bank Road, then South to Beall Road.  
KC METRO RE ROUTE: The 118 and the 119 will follow the detour route around Vashon town, no buses will drive through town from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
Buses will pick up at the North end at Cove Road and Vashon Highway as well as at the South end at 178th and Vashon Highway.

PARKING RESTRICTION: No parking on Vashon Highway South of Bank Road to 178th by Vashon Theater from from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

All cars parked on Vashon Highway from Bank to 178th must be removed by 4:30pm.

Please take extra caution to watch out for families and children walking to town as you are driving around through the detour.