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Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Holiday Port Festival  is a free, family-friendly event held December 7, 8, 9, 2012, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. [MAP]

This is the Port’s signature event for the community and includes:

  • Art activities with Allied Arts teaching artists
  • Fire truck and horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Free cookies and hot apple cider
  • Free performances by local choirs, bands, and dancers
  • Gingerbread house display
  • Visit with Santa and Mrs Claus.
  • Gingerbread House Contest, 2008Food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank (non-perishable food items)
  • 6:15 – 7:20pm, Friday and Saturday only.    Lighted boat parade put on by the Bellingham Yacht Club. The boat parade route goes from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Times listed are estimates only. On Friday, boats will leave Squalicum Harbor at 6pm, and can not pass by the terminal until after the Alaska Ferry has departed. Bad weather will cancel the boat parade. 


For more information, schedule of daily performances, etc., see the official website.

Bellingham Lighted Boat Parade, December 2008


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  • What: “The Magic of Christmas” – Tens of thousands of coloured lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths of holly and winter berries to line walkways and festoon lamp posts. The ever popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away about The Gardens…. [Website]
  • When: December 1, 2011 — January 6, 2012
  • Where: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island, BC [map]

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  • What: In terms of what you get for your money (barring border delays and travel distance to Vancouver B.C.), Bright Nights is about the best regional bargain in the “Christmas lights/train ride” department.  Often called “the most spectacular lighting display in Canada,” the Christmas train winds through a display of  two-million Christmas lights, animated displays, and the amazing creations of the Mortal Coil Performance Society. New this year: North Pole featuring Santa and the Parade of Trees.
  • Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC [map]
  • When: December 2, 2011 to January 2, 2012, Sunday to Thursday, 3:00pm – 10:00pm ; Friday and Saturday, 3:00pm – 11:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Admission: Adult – $9.00 | Discount – $6.00 [Children & Youth (2-18), Seniors (65+)]

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If you like Christmas lights, then you’ll love The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Christian Camp in Stanwood–because there are more than a million shining jewels woven into elaborate designs and lightscapes. All you need to know to attend may be found here.

View an online slideshow of the Lights of Christmas, and check out the official video from Warm Beach Camps, below.

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  • What: Large selection of holiday gifts, decorations & edibles. 28th Annual Event.
    • Where: Alaska Ferry Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA [map]
    • When:
      • Thu, November 19, 5:30 – 9:30pm
      • Fri, November 20, 9:30am – 9:30pm
      • Sat, Nov 21 9:30am – 5:30pm

    • Admission and parking FREE

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    • What: Step back into the world of Charles Dickens as the  Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington are magically transformed into a 19th century a Victorian village of old-fashioned streets lined with over 530 Victorian stores, tended by shopkeepers in Victorian attire. Visit the Holiday Jubilee Theater and see elaborate stage shows and concerts every hour on the hour including: Stardust Follies, The Silver Spurs Country Western Revue, the Singing Nativity and more. Every show at A Victorian Country Christmas is FREE with admission!
    • Where: Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA [map]
    • When: December 2-5, 10:00am-9:00pm | December 6, 10:00am-6:00pm
    • Admission: Adults: $9.50 | Seniors (62+): $8.00 | Students (6 – 18): $8.00 | Military w/ ID: $8.00 | Kids 5 & under are FREE | Groups Specials available | Purchase advance tickets online.
    • Parking: FREE

    For more information, see the official website

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    The Christmas Calendar covers events in both the Whatcom County area and throughout Western Washington, with occasional listings from lower mainland British Columbia. Calendar listings will increase with time as information on events becomes available, so check back often.

    I will be happy to list your holiday event, or events which you have heard about, on the calendar if you send all the pertinent details in an e-mail to simplyxmas09@gmail.com.

    The calendar may be accessed in the right sidebar.

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