Big holiday events around Whatcom County start Friday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 3, 2013 

Here are some of the bigger holiday events around Whatcom County this weekend. Some kick off Friday and continue into Saturday and Sunday. All are free unless otherwise noted, though there are fees for food and certain activities.

For more holiday-related events, go to bellinghamherald.com/entertainment or look for Take 5 in Thursday's newspaper.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6

-- The Port of Bellingham's annual Holiday Port Festival runs noon to 8 p.m. at Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., and continues 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with free activities for kids and families, cookies and cider, the annual gingerbread contest display and performances by local musicians and dancers.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fire truck rides will be offered 11 to 4 p.m. on the weekend and horse-drawn wagon rides will be available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

People are asked to bring nonperishable food as donations for Bellingham Food Bank.

Details: 360-676-2500; or see portofbellingham.com and go to "About Us, Social Port."

-- Blaine's Holiday Harbor Light's Festival opens at 9 a.m. with an arts and crafts bazaar at the community center, 763 G St., followed by a book sale that begins at 10 a.m. at Blaine Library, 610 Third St.

The festival gets into high gear Saturday with those two events continuing plus a holiday arts market at 674 Peace Portal Drive. The second annual Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash run/walk starts at 2:30 p.m. at H Street Plaza and winds 1.5 miles through local streets before returning to the starting point; holiday attire is encouraged. Horse-drawn trolley rides start at 4 p.m., with a tree-lighting ceremony and community caroling at 4:30 p.m. in H Street Plaza. Santa arrives at 5 p.m.

The day's events conclude with the 6 p.m. lighted boat parade in Blaine Harbor.

Details: 360-332-4544, blainechamber.com.

-- Ferndale's Olde Fashioned Christmas starts at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Park on Cherry Street, with the theme of "Pioneer Christmas Traditions."

Members of Ferndale Heritage Society lead tours of the park's cabins and offer crafts for kids. There also will be music, refreshments and old-fashioned games. Tickets are $4 adults, $3 kids.

Details: 360- 384-6461, ferndaleheritagesociety.com.

-- Bellingham's Depot Market Square is the site of a tree-lighting ceremony as part of the monthly Downtown Art Walk, starting at 5:30 p.m. with visits from Santa, carolers and refreshments. The tree was provided by Longview Timber; Puget Sound Energy donated LED lights. The Woods Coffee is providing refreshments at the ceremony. Bellingham Chamber Chorale and Bellingham High School Alumni Band are performing traditional holiday carols.

Details: 360-778-8100, downtownbellingham.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

-- The Holiday Port Festival in Bellingham and the Holiday Harbor Lights Festival in Blaine continue; details above.

-- Lynden's Christmas activities start with an "Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt" at 1 p.m. in downtown Lynden. Visits with Sinterklaas are 2 to 3 p.m. at Lynden Pioneer Museum, and the Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Fairway Shopping Center and travels down Front Street to downtown.

Events also will be at Dutch Village Mall, which recently changed ownership, including free mini golf and musical performances. Lynden Dutch Bakery will sell treats, including its poffertjes that have become a summer favorite at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden.

Details: 360-354-5995, lynden.org.

-- Bellingham Yacht Club's annual Lighted Boat Parade starts around 5:30 p.m. at Squalicum Harbor, and travels along Bellingham Bay past Boulevard Park to Bellingham Cruise Terminal and back. Free viewing is available along that waterfront stretch.

Details: byc.org.

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