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English: A photograph of the Bellingham Cruise...

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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There’s a great turnout for this contest every year, and some awesome creativity to admire. The port festival runs today at the Alaska Ferry Terminal, from 11:00am-5:00pm, so there’s still an opportunity to go and  have a look for yourselves!

Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival Gingerbread House Contest

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O' Tannenbaum

  • What: Twenty elegant Christmas trees will be on display for public viewing and presented for auction (see below) on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Leopold’s Crystal Ballroom. Live music on Friday.
  • Where: 1224 Cornwall, Bellingham, Washington [map]
  • When: PUBLIC VIEWING TIMES: Fri, December 5: 11:00am – 10:00pm | Sat, December 6: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | GALA EVENT & AUCTION: Saturday, December 6th at 6:30pm – 9:30pm. For more information see the official website.

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  • What: Live Christmas Music, Gingerbread House Contest, horse drawn wagon rides, children’s art activities, free hot cider and cookies, visits w/Santa (photographer available), Lighted Boat Parade (4:30pm-6:00pm, Saturday). Bring a non-perishable food item for the Bellingham Food Bank and receive a FREE photo keychain from Artiem Photography.
  • Where: Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Alaska Ferry), 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham [map]
  • When: Fri, December 5, 2008, 12:00pm-8.00pm | Sat, December 6, 11:00am-6:00pm | Sun, December 7, 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Admission: FREE

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Interstate 5, southbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Parkway toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn right at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

From Interstate 5, northbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn left at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

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Christmas Piggies @ Pike Place MarketEven the piggies get dressed up for Christmas at Pike Place Public Market

  • What: Beginning @ 12:00pm, Santa will be by the Market’s vintage truck. Come by and take your own photos of your family with Santa. In the afternoon there will be a Food drive for the Pike Market Senior Center. Contribute 5 cans of food and receive a free reusable Market shopping bag (one bag per person, available for the first 100 who donate). PLUS:  Kid’s crafts –  The third level, “Downunder,” will celebrate the day with “Deck the DownUnder,” as they decorate their storefronts and welcome the season – The Seattle Chamber Brass Quintet takes the stage from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The grand finale is the annual lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. A large tree will be lit on Pike Place, as well as lights on the Market’s buildings.
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 29, 12:00pm-5:00pm

The Author and Friends outside Pike Place Market, 2005Yours truly posing with friends outside Pike Place Public Market, Seattle, on a Christmas Past.


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  • What: One of largest holiday gift shows in the United States, with more than 600 displays and exhibits: arts and crafts, gifts, gourmet food and live entertainment. Limited daycare  is available, courtesy of Child’s Time, Inc., daily at no charge. Convenient, on-site parking at the Tacoma Dome.
  • Where: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA [map]
  • When: Wednesday, October 22, 11:00am – 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, October 23, 10:00am – 7:00 pm
    • Friday, October 24,  10:00am – 9:00 pm
    • Saturday, October 25, 10:00am – 9:00 pm
    • Sunday, October 26,  10:00am – 6:00 pm

For more information, see the official website.

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