Earthbox Inn & Spa - Friday Harbor Christmas

9 Magical Things to Do on San Juan Island for the Holidays with Kids

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas. Are you excited to make meaningful memories with your kids, escape the noise of commercialism and be reminded about what the season is really about? Come be joyful with us on San Juan Island, immerse yourself in the slower pace of island time and be part of our magical holiday festivities. We can’t wait for you to see how we’ve decked out our Earthbox Inn & Spa. Make sure to take advantage of our amazing holiday lodging specials, yes? Have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

  1. Island Lights Festival  - 11/30, 3:30pm to 7:00pm

Ring in the season with style as we gather for treats and crafting at the Friday Harbor Whale Museum at 3:30pm before heading to Memorial Park, where Santa will turn on the town’s Christmas lights at 5:15pm. After caroling, uuhh-ing and ahhh-ing, we’ll meander to Brickworks for pictures with Santa, more crafting and fun activities, island harvest soups, mac’n cheese and local spicy cider.

2)	Nana’s Holiday House – a place for kids to shop
Nana’s Holiday House – a place for kids to shop


  1. Nana’s Holiday House – a place for kids to shop

Nana's is a pop-up store, open for the month of December, for kids under 18 to buy $1 to $10 gifts. That’s right. No adults allowed to shop there! This year Nana's is located on First Street, where Rumor Mill used to be.

  1. Salish Sea Nutcracker Ballet & Tea Party - 12/7 & 12/8 at Brickworks

This lovely, interactive, family friendly event, performed by island dancers of all ages is followed by a tea party food & drink, holiday boutique and character photo opportunity.

  1. Adopt a Whale at the Whale Museum

Visit the so very cool Friday Harbor Whale Museum with the most amazing gift shop. See real whale skeletons, hear whale songs, learn about the gentle giant’s habitat and challenges. Adopt a whale as a family and enjoy free admittance to the museum, monthly whale updates and a personalized adoption certificate, biography and genealogy chart of “your” Orca. The proceeds from the adoption program go directly to stewardship, education and research.

Ye ole pig standing gard at the Brickworks is ready for the holidays
Ye ole pig standing gard at the Brickworks is ready for the holidays
  1. Old Fashioned Christmas Market – 12/14 at Brickworks

Don’t miss this twinkling, European-inspired, old-fashioned Christmas Market, complete with local crafts, island grown food, live holiday music, spirit garden and fun activities for kids and kids at heart.

  1. Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol -  12/19-12/22 at the San Juan Community Theatre

Are you ready to face the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? No holiday season is complete without this timeless classic.

  1. Christmas Spoke Here – year-round, 1021 Guard St

Treat your family to a visit to this whimsical store in a home just outside of town, offering antique and vintage Christmas decorations, fairies, figurines and stocking stuffers and the finest candies and chocolates from all around the world, each without any additives, preservatives, artificial flavoring or coloring.

 Winter bonfires with s'mores are the best
Winter bonfires with s'mores are the best
  1. Bonfire and S'mores at South Beach

It’s not every day that you’ll have the opportunity to spend the afternoon on an absolutely breathtaking beach taking a nice walk, skipping stones, tide pooling, followed by making a bonfire, roasting smores and sipping hot coco—all the while watching otters, sea lions and foxes.

  1. New Year’s Eve Party for Kids – 12/31, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Brickworks

Bring a treat and count down to 2020 with your island friends and family.