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 a meal or 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 Wednesday, Dec. 25. All are in Bellingham unless otherwise noted. For other places, call ahead to check status.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
AW Asian Bistro, 12th and Mill streets in Fairhaven, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bobby Lee's Pub & Eatery, 108 W. Main St. Everson, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Holiday drink specials.
The Cabin Tavern, 307 W. Holly St., opens at noon with regular menu and drinks.
Curry House, 2034 Main St., Ferndale, open noon to 7 p.m. Call 360-312-8779.
The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St., open with annual special Christmas show by Ron Hardesty.
Guido's Italian Cuisine Steakhouse & Pizzeria, 5611 3rd St. in Ferndale, opens at 2 p.m.
Lighthouse Bar & Grill, at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way, special holiday brunch from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner buffet from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
Market Buffet, Skagit Valley Casino Resort, off Interstate 5 at exit 236, Christmas dinner buffet served 2 to 9 p.m.
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. Drawings for specials all day.
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.
Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave., open starting in afternoon. For movie details and show times, go to pickfordcinema.org.
Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., open with first movies starting mid-afternoon. For movie details and show times, go to pickfordcinema.org
Regal movie theaters, Barkley and Bellis Fair locations open (mall closed, but theater access is open). For movie details and show times, go to fandango.com.
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way near Ferndale, open 24 hours.
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 Sean Humphrey House. Rides are limited to availability; trips outside Bellingham city limits may have a fee. Call 360-734-3787.
Recycling & Disposal Services, 4916 LaBounty Drive, Ferndale, open 7:30 a.m. to noon.
SSC and Nooksack Valley Disposal will do regular trash pickup, but trucks might be earlier than normal.
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.