Most businesses and services in Whatcom County are closed Christmas Day - including all major grocery stores and Walmart - but a few places will be open for those seeking coffee, a meal or some batteries for the kids' toys. Most gas stations with automated pumps will be open, but some requiring a clerk will be closed.
Of note, Whatcom Transportation Authority buses do not run on Christmas.
Here are businesses that responded to a solicit for places open at least part of Tuesday, Dec. 25. All are in Bellingham unless otherwise noted.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
AW Asian Bistro, 12th and Mill streets in Fairhaven, open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cruisin Coffee, 800 Alabama St., open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The coffee stand at Alabama and James streets near Trader Joe's is the only Cruisin in Whatcom County open Christmas Day.
Curry House, 2034 Main St., Ferndale, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 360-312-8779.
Greene's Corner Market, intersection of Smith Road and Northwest Drive, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's a small grocery with extensive beer and wine selections. Also serving coffee drinks, pizza, soups, salads and sandwiches. Coffee drive-thru open same hours. To order ahead, go to greenescorner.com for menu.
Guido's Italian Cuisine and Steak House, 5611 3rd St. in Ferndale, open 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a limited menu. Details: 360-656-6121.
India Grill, 1215 Cornwall Ave., open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
I Wana Moka, 3100 Old Fairhaven Parkway, will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lighthouse Bar & Grill, at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way, special holiday brunch from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and three-course dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Reservations recommended; call 360-392-3200.
Market Buffet, Skagit Valley Casino Resort, off Interstate 5 at exit 236, Christmas dinner buffet served 2 to 9 p.m. for $16.50 with Rewards Card, $19.41 without.
Oboe Café, inside Best Western Lakeway Inn at 714 Lakeway Drive, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast menu served until 2 p.m., Christmas dinner served 2 to 9 p.m., with variety of meals ranging from $16 to $28. If attending Christmas dinner, call 360-671-1011 to check for space availability.
Shorty's Coffee Shop, a coffee drive-through at 5719 Barrett Road, across from Denny's in Ferndale, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shots 2 Go, 119 E. Smith Road (behind the Chevron station), open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas special 16-ounce white chocolate peppermint mocha for $3.50.
Silver Reef Casino, 4876 Haxton Way near Ferndale, has its restaurants open. Red River Café is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a special holiday buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $25.95. The Steak House opens at noon, Panasia at 5 p.m. and Pizzanini will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Waterfront Seafood & Bar, 521 W. Holly St., open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Texas hold 'em tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. Details: 360-676-1755.
Blockbuster, 8150 Guide Meridian in Lynden, open noon to 10 p.m.
Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave, has first movie at 4 p.m. For movies and show times, go to pickfordcinema.org.
Nooksack Northwood Casino, 9750 Northwood Road near Lynden, open 10 a.m. to midnight.
Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., open with first movies starting mid-afternoon. For movies and show times, go to pickfordcinema.org.
Regal movie theaters, Barkley and Bellis Fair locations open (mall closed, but theater access is open). For movies and show times, go to fandango.com.
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way near Ferndale, open 24 hours. Christmas blackjack tournament starts at 7 p.m.
Skagit Valley Casino, off Interstate 5 at exit 236, open 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Ball Plumbing open for emergencies at regular rate, call 360-647-2255.
Blue Cab will be giving free rides on Christmas, with donations going to the Womencare Shelter. Rides are limited to availability; trips outside Bellingham city limits may be quoted a minimum donation. Call 360-734-3787.
Cascade Ambulance Service, available 24/7, call 360-312-0911 or 800-244-8642.
SSC and Nooksack Valley Disposal will do regular trash pickup, but trucks might be earlier than normal.
Crossroads Grocery and Video, 7802 Silver Lake Road at the corner of Mount Baker Highway, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 360-599-9657.
Nooksack Market Centre, 5047 Mount Baker Highway, Deming, open 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Walgreens, Bellingham locations at 4090 Meridian St. and 1070 E. Sunset Drive open 24 hours including pharmacy. Ferndale store at 1901 Main St. open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but pharmacy is closed.