Many Whatcom County businesses close early Christmas Eve

If you’re waiting until the last minute to get your shopping done, you may need to alter your schedule because many stores will close early Wednesday, 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, most Whatcom County government offices will be closed on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day.

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

Following 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 BellinghamHerald.com.


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

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

Albertson’s: Closes at 9 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday.

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

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

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

Trader Joe’s: Closes at 6 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday.

Everybody’s Store: Closes at 6 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday.


Whatcom County offices: Most closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Bellingham city offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.

Bellingham parking meters: Not enforced after 1 p.m. Wednesday through the end of the week.

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

Bellingham Public Library: Closed Thursday and Friday.


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 Wednesday, but offices will close early. Mail dropped in blue boxes will be collected earlier than the posted time in many locations. No mail delivery Thursday.

Garbage: Both SSC and Nooksack Valley Disposal will pick up garbage as usual. If you have a Thursday regular pickup, put out your trash Wednesday night because trucks might be running earlier than normal. SSC offices, recycling center and transfer station closed Thursday. Recycling and Disposal Services, 4916 LaBounty Drive in Ferndale, open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.

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

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

Boys & Girls Club: Closed Wednesday through the end of the week. Bellingham club closed through Jan. 2 for holiday and repairs. Ferndale club open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29-31; Bellingham members welcome.

U.S. Forest Service offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.


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 Wednesday. A few big-box retailers will stay open a bit later. Some restaurants will close early Wednesday. Most are closed Thursday.


Whatcom Museum: Closed Thursday and Friday.

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