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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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December 18, 1915, City Times, Galveston, Texas

The Christmas season brings to mind the many Christmas days gone by, with their four great features—turkey, cranberry sauce, plum pudding and mince pie.

It was a good old English custom, not to be rejected by the American colonists, although modificatlons were necessary to suit the religion and conditions of living in the colonies, the. Chrlst-splrlt being substituted for the pagan Yuletlde, the famous “boar’s, head” was omitted, and the Christmas pie became known as-mince pie. However, many old observances were kept, including the mistletoe and holly, and Christmas was a day for family gatherings, with a feast prepared by the” women of the house.


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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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While Christmas movies are a dime a dozen, there are precious few movies that focus on that other venerable holiday here in the U.S.: Thanksgiving. There is one, however, which is very funny – and maybe a bit too “close to home”  if your family tends towards “dysfunctional.”
“Home For the Holidays” (1995)

  • Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • Summary: Fights and reconciliations mark a single mom’s (Holly Hunter) Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional Baltimore clan.  [ full synopsis]
  • Airs Locally (Whatcom/Skagit):
    • KVOS 12 Thu, Nov 26, 8:00 pm
    • LIFE 51 Sun, Nov 29 5:00pm


Unemployed art conservator, single mom and city girl (Holly Hunter), picked up by her parents (Charles Durning, Anne Bancroft) at the airport, heads home for Thanksgiving with the whole family. Dad probably shouldn't be driving anymore.

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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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