Festivals, holiday events and special times draw families together this fall and winter. Be sure to call ahead or check websites to make sure events are still happening.
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual festival celebrating Greek culture at the Sunset Drive church. Enjoy live Greek music, traditional desserts and appetizers, gyros, kabobs, kids’ games, dancing and more. EVENTS FREE
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Details: belinghamgreekfest.org, 360-734-8745
Down on the farm
Discover Whatcom County farms through the annual self-guided Whatcom County Farm Tour. Families can meet local farmers, explore the farms and taste the bounty our region has to offer. FREE
For a map with suggested bicycle and driving routes, go to sustainableconnections.org and search for farm tour, or pick up a copy of the Eat Local Month & Whatcom County Farm Tour guide, available at the Community Food Co-op, Whatcom Farmers Co-op, Haggen stores, local libraries, and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. Details: 360-647-7093.
Cloud Mountain’s bountiful fruit
Cloud Mountain Farm Center near Everson opens its farm for samplings of more than 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products to taste and enjoy at the annual Fall Fruit Festival.There’s also live music, and Julia’s Pumpkin Patch is open for u-pick. $3.50
Details: 360-966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.
Fairhaven Trick or treat
During this annual big to-do, from 3 to 6 p.m., kids can join all sorts of small goblins, princesses, wizards, heroes and animals as they visit the businesses in Fairhaven’s Historic District. FREE
Wow! Bow wow!
Stunt Dog Experience brings canine film and TV stars to Mount Baker Theatre with tricks, stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats and audience participation. $7.50-$15
Details on the show are at stuntdogshow.com.
Fairhaven Holiday Festival
Santa and Mrs. Claus greet visitors3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at the gazebo on Harris Avenue and 10th Street, followed by the official Lighting of the trees at 5 p.m. at the Village Green. Holiday lights stay lit through the New Year. FREE
Nov. 27-Dec. 27
Deck the Old City Hall
More than 12 decorated trees will be on display and the building will be decorated inside and out. Visit Santa noon to 2 p.m weekends. Kids’ activities, story time, and crafts also will be offered. FREE
Details: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org.
Holiday Port Festival at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven features performances by local groups, family activities, including horse drawn wagon rides, children’s art activities, complimentary gingerbread cookies and cider to name a few. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be around. FREE
Details: portofbellingham.com/141/Holiday-Port, 360-676-2500.
Ferndale Heritage Society members decorate historic log cabins in Pioneer Parkand offer old-time activities and kids can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. $3-$4
Lighted Boat Parade
Bellingham Yacht Club members light up the bay with their decorated vessels from Squalicum Harbor to Fairhaven starting at 5:30 p.m. Viewpoints include Boulevard Park and Bellingham Cruise Terminal. FREE
Lynden’s Christmas celebration begins 6 p.m. with a downtown parade of lighted firetrucks, tractors, dump trucks, cars, floats, wagons and farm equipment. Storefronts offer lighted displays throughout the holiday season. FREE
Details: lynden.org, 360-354-5995.
‘Ham for the Holidays’
The Bellingham Children’s Choir performs a concert of favorite orchestral and vocal holiday tunes with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre. $14-$39
More on the program: whatcomsymphony.com, 360-756-6752 .
Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.