Plan your holiday getaway 2014 with a visit to La Conner. You will love the holidays in La Conner! La Conner has time and again been voted best tiny town in Washington. Let La Conner take you back to a time without stop lights and traffic, without crowds and busy parking lots. Our tiny little town becomes a pretty magical place during the holidays with the street lamps lit up, the lighted boats on the channel, and the beautiful tree at the center of our tiny town.
We always have a wide variety of holiday options for you. From shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts, to a great lunch or dinner and cocoa nightcap, to a romantic weekend, you’ll find La Conner a perfect place to relax during the holidays.
La Conner’s Season of Giving is where participating businesses (over 40!) donate 10% of their sales on each designated Sunday to a specific charity. Each year the number of businesses participating has grown, which is a heartwarming reflection of how generous and community-minded La Conner merchants are.
As December arrives, we invite you to all the holiday events in La Conner – it’s fun for the whole family! Bring your kids, bring your grand kids, and be sure to bring your camera. You’ll find breakfast and photos with Santa, our annual community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, an annual craft bazaar and other options including concerts, museum exhibits and family fun at the regional library.
Not to be missed is our annual lighted boat parade; the Swinomish Channel is aglow with gorgeously reflected colors of the many decorated boats – there are viewing points all along the channel either outside on the boardwalk, or inside many of our restaurants.
There are lots more fun things to do in La Conner during the holidays – check out our online calendar and the list below for a month’s worth of holiday fun and holiday getaway ideas! And check back often, as many events and festivities are added … we hope you might find something that is a perfect fit for your visit to La Conner!
Holiday Getaway 2014 Events and Happenings
1 Kiwanis Chowder by the Channel – La Conner Elementary School, 3pm – 6pm
1 Book Readings & Signings (various authors) – The Faded Cover, 11am – 2pm
1 Music at MoNA honoring Lane Fernando – Museum of Northwest Art, 7pm
1-2 Art’s Alive – Maple Hall www.artsalivelaconner.com
1-2 Holiday Open House – Christianson’s Nursery, 11am – 3pm
2 Artist Bob Patterson will autograph his postcard/animal prints – La Crema Coffee & Roasting, 2pm – 4pm
5 Hawaiian Quilting Workshop – La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 11am – 3pm
8 Winter Floral Arrangements & Conifer Walk – Christianson’s Nursery, 11am – 2pm
8 Open House – Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, 1pm – 3pm
13 Why Books Matter – Maple Hall, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
15 Holiday Open House – Re-Feather Your Nest, 11am – 5:30pm
15 Holiday Rosehip Wreath Making – Christianson’s Nursery, 1pm – 2:30pm
19-23 Level 1 Color Studies – Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, 9am – 3pm
21 Holiday Market – La Conner Country Inn, 6pm – 9pm
22 Japanese Design Principles for Western Gardens – Christianson’s Nursery, 11am – NOON
27 7th Annual Turkey Trot – La Conner Elementary School, 8am
27 Happy Thanksgiving
29 Arrival of Father Christmas & Holiday Events – Christianson’s Nursery, 10am – 5pm
29-30 Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale – Skagit County Historical Museum
30 Founder’s Day – La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 11am – 5pm
30 La Conner Community Christmas Concert – Maple Hall, 4:00pm
6 Kiwanis Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar – La Conner Elementary School, 9:30am – 2pm
6 “Wine, Chocolate & Shopping, Oh My!” Holiday Open House – Wyman Park, 10am – 6pm
6 Swans & Snow Geese of the Skagit – Christianson’s Nursery, 10:30 – 2pm
6 Santa Breakfast – Maple Hall, 8am – 11am
6 Holiday Party – Museum of Northwest Art, Party begins at 6pm / Music at 7pm
6 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Gilkey Square, 4pm Music – “Deck the Hall Dance Party and Christmas Caroling by the Boys n’ Girls Club / 5pm Santa Arrives!
6 Holiday Reception Benefitting Bella Hamerly – La Traviata Italian Restaurant, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
7 Christmas is for Kids – Skagit County Historical Museum
11 “After Hours” Holiday Shopping – Various La Conner Merchants, until 8pm
13 Lighted Boat Parade – Swinomish Channel, 6:30pm
19-20 Shelter Bay Chorus Christmas Concert, Friday 7:30pm & Saturday 3pm
21 Skagit Symphony Holiday Concert – McIntyre Hall Mount Vernon, 7:30pm
25 Merry Christmas
26 Boxing Day (Canada)
On-Going Exhibits, Classes and Events:
Every Friday Night – Adult Game Night at The Faded Cover
November 24 – December 29 – Louisa & Conner’s Holiday Passport Contest! www.lovelaconner.com
November 30 – December 24 – Independent Wreath making at Christianson’s Nursery
La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
Best of the Festival – Through November 23
Elin Noble: Vox Stellarum – Through December 28
Hawaiian Quilting: Traditions Continue – Through December 28
A Victorian Christmas at Gaches Mansion – Through December 28
Museum of Northwest Art
Accreted Terrain – Through January 4, 2015
To Be Alone Together – Through January 4, 2015
Skagit County Historical Museum
125 Years of Washington Quilts – Through November 16
Walker Valley & Mary Stapp Carvings – Through November 16
“Skagit Christmas” – Through December 31
Ready to spend the holidays in La Conner? We hope so – we’ll look forward to seeing you for your holiday getaway 2014! Here is a video to give you a feel of the holidays in La Conner.