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Bloedel Reserve opens its Holiday Village this weekend

Now in its fourth year, the Holiday Village has quickly become an annual tradition at Bloedel Reserve.  - Photo courtesy of Bloedel Reserve
Now in its fourth year, the Holiday Village has quickly become an annual tradition at Bloedel Reserve.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve has once again transformed its iconic Visitor’s Center into a winter holiday village, complete with electric trains and intricately designed, hand-crafted buildings.

The popular exhibit, now in its fourth year, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, from Saturday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 5. Entrance to the village is included with admission to the reserve. The cost is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

In celebration of the exhibit’s opening, regular adult admission is half-off on Dec. 7.

Bloedel Reserve is closed on Mondays.

The miniature village is comprised of intricate buildings designed from the imagination of Bainbridge Island resident and longtime reserve volunteer, Dwight Shappell. Created out of repurposed materials, Shappell’s pint-sized palaces will wow both the young and young-at-heart.

This year, the dedicated craftsman has added a new towering masterpiece called the “Tree House,” built from antique nail kegs and recycled fence posts.

While you’re there, bundle up and stroll around the reserve’s grounds. With low-lighting and leafless trees, winter is a magical time to visit the gardens.

Bloedel Reserve is located at 7571 NE Dolphin Drive. Visit for more information.


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