Christmas in the Country is one of those events I call “So Bainbridge.”  It is a Bainbridge tradition. This year is the 23rd year. For three days local artists and craftspeople put their talents on display and for sale at cool locations throughout the island.  You can shop for the holidays in a very un-modern environment, like old barns and studios.  Much more fun than Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  At the various location there are also festive things like hot food, cocoa and cider, live music, pony rides and of course, Santa photos. Find out more about the events and activities here. And all of this all starts today, December 2nd!  Click here for a full vendor list and their locations.

Friday, December 2nd – 10am to 5pm

Saturday, December 3rd  – 10am to 5pm

Sunday, December 4th – 11am to 5pm

Bainbridge Christmas in the Country 2016 Map

On December 2, 2016, in Activities, Community, Events, by
Bainbridge Island with Kids

Allcomers on July 5th at the High School. Races run through August.


Our island is rich with opportunities when it comes to interesting things to do. These ideas are also a great way to meet people if you are an Island Newcomer. Here is a tried and true always updated list to get you started:

Specifically for younger kids

Sports and Activities

Fun and Free

  • Participate in All-Comers on Mondays nights at 6:15 after July 4th through August.  Free running races for all ages at the High School Track.  See my previous post on this event.  Bring a picnic dinner and dine with others on the field.
  • Spend an afternoon at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  In Winslow, right near the ferry.  Admission is free and don’t miss the BIMA Cafe.
  • Go to a Star Party at the Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park.
  • Bainbridge Library Story Time – check here for times and ages.  They have a great summer reading program.
  • Pick a park or a trail and get outside. Two of my favorite maps at those links.  I recommend a hike in the Grand Forest.
  • Explore beautiful Bainbridge Gardens, lots to see for free, inside and out.  While you are there you can have lunch or a snack at The New Rose Cafe on site at Bainbridge Gardens.
  • Some local folks have plotted out bike routes along the island and those can be found on Bikely.
  • Find a cool beach to relax or play. Check out the Shoreline Access Guide.
  • Take a tour through Farmer’s Market on Saturdays 9am-1pm in the Town Square at City Hall Park. mid April -October.
  • Plant a garden in your own yard or take advantage of a Community Garden.
  • Enjoy a free Summer Concert an island Park.  Concerts run mid-July  – mid-August, some great bands are planned for this summer.

Updated 5/26/16

Things to do with kids on Bainbridge Island

The Boundy Family Farm on Bainbridge Island. A Blakely Elementary School Field Trip.


On May 26, 2016, in Activities, Community, Moving, by

Wondering about the traditional happenings on Bainbridge Island throughout the year. Here is a list to make sure you don’t miss any of the biggies!














This calendar is an on-going one, please email me if you have a suggested event –

Updated Dec. 2018

On September 24, 2015, in Activities, Community, Top 5, by

Bainbridge Holidays 2014 Winslow collage

1. Take Santa Photos at Columbia Bank with Nick Felky

  • Dec 6, 13 & 20 – 10am-1pm
  • Cash donation or non-perishable item appreciated

2. Build Gingerbread Houses a KiDiMu

  • Dec 8th-14th – Mon-Sat 10:30-2:00/Sun 12:30-2:00
  • Free with admission or membership
  • Decorate and take home the fun – more info at

3. Go Late Night Shopping in Downtown Winslow

  • December 13th and December 18th
  • Shop LOCAL until 8pm
  • Visit for a list of participating merchants

4. Enjoy Santa Brunch at the Manor House at Pleasant Beach Village

  • Sunday December 14th seatings at 10am and noon
  • Adults $29, kids 12 and under $12
  • Click here for a menu
  • call 206.780.FOOD to reserve

5. See Ovation! Musical Theatre’s Version of Peter Pan

  • December 5th-22nd performance times are Fri/Sat 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm
  • at the BHS Theatre
  • visit to purchase tickets




On December 8, 2014, in Activities, Community, Restaurant, Shopping, by
2012 Musical Fire Truck Bainbridge Island | Jen Pells Realtor

2012 Musical Fire Truck on Bainbridge Island starts December 11th.

The Bainbridge Island Musical Fire Truck is getting into gear once again – this year it starts on December 11th and spreads musical joy around the island until Christmas Eve. Find your neighborhood on the map below (click map for larger version).

The lighted, musical truck, driven by the Bainbridge Fire Department is out in the evenings from 5-9pm. Every year we enjoy gathering with our neighbors in our cul-de-sac, watching, waiting, (shivering) and listening for the firetruck.  The kids go pretty crazy as you can imagine.  This tradition, which started back in the 1950′s, goes on my list of things considered “So Bainbridge.”

Bainbridge Island Christmas Truck Route 2012 | Jen Pells Bainbridge Realtor

CLICK IMAGE FOR A LARGER VERSION. Bainbridge Island Christmas Truck Route 2012.


All roads are not listed. Look and listen for the music truck in your neighborhood between the hours of 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Mon 12/11  – Area 1: Fort Ward area including Tani Place, West Blakely, Country Club, Toe Jam Hill, South Beach
Tue 12/12 – Area 2: Point White/ Crystal Springs area including Baker Hill West, Sorrell, Palomino, El Cimo
Wed 12/13 – Area 3: Eagledale area including Rockaway Beach, Taylor Ave, Barkentine, Bill Point
Thur 12/14 – Area 4: High School Rd to Lynwood Center including Island Center, Vincent, Baker Hill east Lytle and Beck Rd area, Pleasant Beach
Fri 12/16 – Area 5: Wardwell area, New Brooklyn Rd, Sands Ave, Fletcher Bay
Sat 12/17  – Area 6: Battle Point area, Meadowmeer and Olympic Terrace
Sun 12/18 – Area 7: Manzanita, Henderson Rd and Seabold Rd, Day Rd west and Hidden Cove West
Mon 12/19 – Area 8: Reitan Rd, Dolphin Dr and Agate pass area, West Port Madison, Manual Rd, Hidden Cove east, Euclid and Port Madison Area
Tue 12/20 – Area 9: Phelps Rd, Sumanee, North Madison Ave, Windsong, Lovgreen, Winther
Wed 12/21 – Area 10: Sunrise Dr and side roads, Manitou Park, Manitou Beach and Murden Cove
Thur  12/22 – Area 11: Ferncliff Ave and side roads, Grand Ave, Yeomalt Point and Wing Point area
Fri 12/23 – Area 12a: Sportsman Club, North Town Woods, Capstan, Commodore Ln, Weaver Rd
Sat 12/24  – Area 12: Winslow from 305 to Weaver Rd, High School Rd to Eagle Harbor Rd


On December 6, 2012, in Activities, Community, Events, Neighborhoods, by

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