The 2017 Tree Lighting & Santa Parade!
Saturday December 2nd
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm!
(Rain or Shine)
Vashon's Winterfest Weekend features a First Friday Gallery Cruise, 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.
Friday December 2nd, starts off with First Friday Gallery Tour and the 7th Annual Gingerbread House Tour.
This Gingerbread House Tour features creative "houses" at 18 different Island businesses. Get a map (click here), take the tour and vote on your favorite! Houses will be up all weekend. The winner gets a trophy! Your vote gets entered into a drawing from fabulous local prizes. Drop of your vote at the ballot box between Vashon Book Store & Kronos by Sunday December 3rd.
Saturday December 3rd, Merchants will hold their traditional "Open House". Visit Island shops for unique gifts, see the gingerbread houses (if you haven't done so) and enter to win wonderful prizes with the Beachcomber's merchant open house coupons.
Vashon Artists Holiday Studio Tour! December 2-3 & 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.
Saturday Night! 5:30 PM SANTA COMES TO TOWN and helps light the Christmas Tree. The Santa parade starts at dark (which is around 5:30 pm). The parade is starts at the IGA Parking lot and finishes at the new Christmas Tree on the corner between Saucy Sisters and the Presbyterian Church. Look for the Stage in front of Saucy Sisters. The route runs east on Bank Road then turns south on Vashon Highway to roll through town. Santa will arrive at the stage where he will welcome everyone and special guests will help light the holiday tree! Stay in town awhile to enjoy carols and more holiday cheer. Come
ROAD CLOSURES! For the safety of all, roads in the heart of downtown will be closed between from 178th Street (Vashon Theatre) to just North of Bank Road by the Thriftway Parking Lot. Roads will be closed from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Bank Road will be closed from 100th to 97th.
TEMPORARY PARADE CLOSURES: Bank Road from the Fire Station drive way and 100th at the IGA Parking Lot will be closed temporarily from 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM to allow the Santa Parade to pass, these roads will be opened back up after the parade has passes. Please follow all traffic directions and signs.
Detours start a Cove Rd on the North end and 178th on the South end.
Detours: Northbound Through Traffic From Vashon Highway south of town: Detour West on 178th, North on 100th, West on Bank Road, North on 107th, East on Cove Rd, North on Vashon Highway
Southbound Through Traffic From 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.
174th Street will be open, so drivers can get around the festivities by taking 174th, Bank & Beall Road SW.