Cozying up to the southwestern edge of the Hood Canal, and bathing in the incredible shade of Olympic Mountain glory is Mason County, Washington. We are pretty keen on tooting this place’s horn. There just doesn’t seem to be a dull moment in our lush wonderland packed with wildly varied flora and fauna and bursting at the seams with adventure. And now it’s time for the holidays.
For weekend warriors and parents whose kids have an insatiable urge to explore, Hood Canal is a world away out the back door. It’s just a quick hop from Seattle by way of the Bremerton ferry and under an hour’s drive from Olympia, and there’s no shortage of holiday magic to get in on this year.
Holiday Magic Tree Lighting
Hightail it to the Holiday Magic event in downtown Shelton the first weekend of December. This is an annual event sponsored by Shelton’s prolific small businesses and the Kiwanis charitable service organization.
The event kicks off Friday evening at 6pm with a ceremonial tree lighting at Post Office Park and the Harstine Island Quartet singing holiday classics. Soon thereafter, Santa arrives and the Railroad Avenue Block Party comes into full swing with marshmallow roasting, kiddie train rides, an art walk, and more.
The following day, December 5, all area shops open for the day at 10am to tide over excited partiers until the Christmas Parade begins at 5pm. Custom floats, marching bands, antique cars, and of course the Claus family make for an excellent start to the holidays.
Bring Home a Tree
Holiday spirit is decorating a handpicked Pacific Northwest Christmas tree. There’s hardly anything that’s more quintessentially Christmas than gathering your family around a tree that you brought home together from Mason County.
This year, there are a number of places to go and hand-pick a tree. Some places will even allow you to cut one down yourself. Bring some cocoa, grab the kids, and brush the dust off the star topper. Download our U-Cut & Pre-Cut Christmas Tree list.
Cozy Up with Lodging Deals
Throughout the holiday season, Alderbrook Resort & Spa and Robin Hood Village Resort are offering killer deals and exceptional lodging packages, whether for a big family that wants some togetherness before the holiday madness descends or a saucy couple that wants to turn up the romance.
As the snow cover creeps lower on the Olympics and the strings of lights start to come out around the neighborhood, sneak away with your family, your friends, or your loves to Hood Canal. And don’t forget that we’re social! We can’t wait to see what adventures you get into. Share with us on social media with #wildsideWA for a chance to be featured, and as always, keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.