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Local Holiday Events to Get You in the Spirit

Posted November 17, 2017

Help Fill The Pantry of SK Helpline

One of the best things about living in McCormick is the community spirit that comes with being in a small town. And the local community certainly knows how to celebrate that spirit, especially during the holiday season.

From club activities and craft fairs to tree lightings and pet parades, there’s something to do for all ages and inclinations. Here’s a short list of our favorite events in the Port Orchard area and nearby so you can mark your calendar ahead. All that’s missing is some chestnuts and an open fire (but don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of hot cocoa and cookies).

Community Events
Help Fill the Pantry of the SK Helpline

When visiting our homes in McCormick, you can help FILL THE PANTRY of the SK Helpline by donating non-perishable food items at any of our model homes in Eldon Trails. Items may be dropped off at:
MainVue Homes and Garrette Custom Homes located at 4807 Castleton Road SW, Port Orchard.

MainVue Homes is open Saturday -Monday 11am – 5pm

Garrette Custom Homes is open Friday-Sunday 12pm – 5pm


Celebrate Christmas in Port Orchard

December 9th-10th
Santa sightings are plentiful in December, but there’s no setting more unique than the Log Cabin Museum in Port Orchard. It may be called a museum, but the log cabin is more like a time capsule — with actual rooms furnished with household artifacts that bring century-old history to life.

Santa Brunch
Sunday, December 17 | 9am to 2pm

Adults $23 | Children 5 to 12 $13 | 5 & Under $5

Santa is making an early visit to see the good boys and girls of McCormick Woods at The Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar this holiday season. Enjoy a delicious holiday brunch and see Santa himself on
Sunday, December 17
Santa will be available for complimentary photos during the brunch for those with reservations.
We encourage accompanying adults to bring their own cameras to the event as there will not be a professional photographer.

Reservations are required. Visit The Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar or call 360.895.0142 for reservations.
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From Sea to Shore: The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

The Christmas Ship Festival is one Northwest holiday tradition that never seems to gets old. Starting the day after Thanksgiving and running through December 23, the ship parade route covers over 45 different waterfront communities, including Kitsap, around Puget Sound. To help you map out where to see the ships, we’ve rounded up the best viewing spots on shore, ’round a roaring bonfire or on board with St. Nick. Read on!

Ride the Christmas Ship Lead Boat 
Every year Argosy Cruises pulls out all the stops with the spectacularly decorated Spirit of Seattle, the designated Christmas Ship that all the other boats follow. Make fun holiday memories on this 2-3 hour Christmas Ship Cruise while enjoying the Kitsap Northern Lights Choir. As you board, get a keepsake boarding photo with Santa, listen to ‘Twas the NIght Before Christmas’ and so much more.  There will be a full-service bar and snacks available for purchase.On board, a local choir sings scheduled shore side locations (see link below) and Santa mingles with the kids on board. Other on-board activities include sing-a-longs, contests and prizes, plus a children’s holiday craft area and reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas with Santa. The boat has two fully enclosed, heated decks, one outside deck, restrooms and a cash bar.

While cruisin’ the waters, you can enjoy snacks, chowder, beverages including beer, wine and specialty cocktails and pre-purchased boxed meals, plus shop at the onboard Holiday Gift Shop and all kids will receive a holiday craft bag.

$34-$62 | Adults
$39 | Seniors
$20-$62 |  Youth (4–12)
3 & under Free
$62 | Adults & Youth on Dec. 23 (finale sailing). Reserve online or call 206-623-1445 or 888-623-1445.

Make it day out in Seattle and enjoy all the festive holiday sites and sounds.
It’s easy to get there from Port Orchard:
1) Drive on the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle; or
2) Walk on the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle then take Uber or Lyft to the Christmas Cruise location.

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