Friday Afternoon Club: Lights, Chimes & Pets on Parade

The City of Port Orchard, the Festival of Lights and Chimes Committee and the PO Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again to present the 10th annual Festival of Lights and Chimes. In keeping with PO’s other festivals (Seagull Calling and Murder Mystery Weekend), Lights and Chimes is an eclectic mix of frivolity.

Back for the second year in a row is the Holiday Pooch and Purr Parade (Bring your own mutt mitt). What no snakes? Next year, it should be the Pooch, Purr and Python Parade.

Visitors and residents can enjoy the decorations downtown and on the waterfront’s “Christmas Lane.” There will be hayrides, choirs singing and general merriment, along with refreshments at various locations before the tree lighting and fireworks (told you it was eclectic).

Here’s the abridged schedule. For more information, visit the city’s Web site or the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s site.

1 – 3:30 p.m.: Holiday crafts at the library.
2 p.m.: Free movie, “The Polar Express” at the Orchard Theatre
4 p.m.: Holiday skit and story telling at the library
4:30 : Pet parade registration
5 p.m.: Pet parade down Bay Street and back towards City Hall.
5:55 p.m. : Tree lighting with author Debbie Macomber
6:05 p.m. : Santa greets the crowd from the Carlisle II
7 p.m.: Fireworks on the waterfront (Port Orchard Marina Park)

Bay Street will be closed from 4 to 7 p.m. from Kitsap Street to Sidney Avenue.

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