PORT ORCHARD — Port Orchard’s Festival of Chimes and Lights made its 2017 debut Saturday, Dec. 2 on Bay Street, welcomed (as usual) by a steady rain and a bundled-up crowd of folks in the holiday spirit.
Earlier in the day, runners braved the weather to participate in the Jingle Bell Run. Later that afternoon, an all-dog contingent dressed to the nines took part in the annual Pooch and Purr costume contest and parade down Bay Street. For those wanting to get out of the rainy weather, the Port Orchard Library hosted a series of activities geared to children.
At City Hall’s Main Stage, area choirs sang an assortment of holiday tunes for event visitors. And at the Dance Gallery, people lined up outside to watch dancers perform from inside the building.
But the highlight, as always, was the lighting of the community Christmas tree at City Hall. Honorary tree lighter was Dick Vlist, who flipped the switch at 5:30 p.m., sending the outside grounds ablaze in colors. Shortly after, the South Kitsap High marching band led off with its array of holiday music, followed by an appearance from Santa Claus, atop a vintage red fire engine.