Many Whatcom County businesses closing early Christmas Eve


If you're waiting until Christmas Eve to get your shopping done, you may need to alter your schedule because many stores will close early Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Even some grocery stores will shut the doors early, and no major grocers in Whatcom County will be open on Christmas.

In addition, many city and most county offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

A few coffee places, restaurants, mini marts, gas stations and Walgreens are among the few businesses open Dec. 25.

Below is the status of places on Christmas Eve and Christmas. For places not listed here, call ahead to check hours.

A list of businesses open on Christmas Day will be published in the Dec. 25 newspaper and online at


Haggen: Christmas Eve hours vary by store location; all stores closed on Christmas. The Fairhaven store will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Meridian and Sehome stores close at 10 p.m., and the Ferndale and Barkley stores are open until 11 p.m.

The Market/Cost Cutter: All Whatcom County stores (The Market at Birch Bay, all Cost Cutters, Lynden Food Pavilion and Everson Market) close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All closed Wednesday.

Albertson's: Closes at 9 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.

Fred Meyer: Closes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.

Safeway: Closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.

Community Food Co-op: Both locations close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.

Trader Joe's: Closes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.

Everybody's Store: Closes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.


Whatcom County offices: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, except District Court open until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Bellingham city offices: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bellingham parking meters: Not enforced until after Christmas.

Whatcom County library system and Bookmobile: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bellingham Public Library: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.


All banks are closed Christmas Day, though many still offer online transactions. Hours vary on Christmas Eve with many closing earlier than normal.


U.S. Postal Service: Regular mail delivery Tuesday, but offices will close early. Mail dropped in blue boxes will be collected earlier than the posted time in many locations. No mail delivery Wednesday.

Garbage: Both SSC and Nooksack Valley Disposal will pick up garbage as usual. If you have a Wednesday regular pickup, put out your trash Tuesday night because trucks might be running earlier than normal. SSC offices, recycling center and transfer station closed Wednesday. Recycling and Disposal Services, 4916 LaBounty Drive in Ferndale, open 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Whatcom Transportation Authority: Regular schedule Tuesday, no buses Wednesday.

The Bellingham Herald: Regular newspaper delivery both days. Customer service office closes at 3 p.m. Tuesday; for missed papers call 360-676-2660. Customer service closed Wednesday; call Thursday for missed papers or other subscription issues.

Opportunity Council: Closes at 3 p.m. Tuesday; closed Wednesday.

Boys & Girls Club: Closed Tuesday through Friday this week.


Public schools: Classes resume in January.

Local colleges: Classes resume in January.


Call ahead to check on hours of stores or restaurants. Many stores will close at 6 p.m. or earlier on Tuesday. A few big-box retailers will stay open a bit later. Some restaurants will close early Tuesday. Most are closed Wednesday.


Whatcom Museum: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Movie theaters: Regal Cinemas, Pickford Film Center and the Limelight open all days; show times vary.


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