This is the madcap weekend when many events turn holiday-ish!
Here are some of the big celebrations starting this weekend:
The Port of Bellingham's annual Holiday Port Festival begins at noon Friday, Dec. 6, at Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., and continues through Sunday, Dec. 8, with free activities for kids and families, the annual Gingerbread contest display, and performances by local musicians and dancers.
The Lighted Boat Parade starts between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.
Details: 360-676-2500; portofbellingham.com and go to "About Us, Social Port."
Ferndale's Olde Fashioned Christmas starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Pioneer Park, on Cherry Street, with the theme of "Pioneer Christmas Traditions."
Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society lead tours of the cabins at the park and offer crafts for kids; there'll 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. Friday, Dec. 6, with visits from Santa, carolers and refreshments.
Details: 360-778-8100, downtownbellingham.com.
Lynden's Christmas activities start with an "Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Lynden. Visits with Sinterklaas are from 2 to 3 p.m. at Lynden Pioneer Museum, and the Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Fairway Shopping Center and travels down Front Street to downtown.
Details: 360-354-5995, lynden.org.
Blaine's Holiday Harbor Lights Festival offers an art market, book sale, horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, a Christmas-tree lighting and a lighted boat parade. Events begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 8.
Details: 360-332-4544, blainechamber.com.
Bellingham Yacht Club's annual Lighted Boat Parade starts around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Squalicum Harbor, and travels along Bellingham Bay past Boulevard Park to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and back.
Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.