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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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That’s right – 33 more Christmas wallpapers have been added to our already large collection!

Check them out!
As you mouse over a thumbnail, the tooltips for the new papers will read “2011paper.”


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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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Holiday theft is on the rise, as Christmas nears–

Dec, 11, 2009

Thieves prey on Bellingham homes, cars and stores for the holidays


BELLINGHAM – ‘Tis the season has become ’tis the season to steal.

From late November and throughout December, police typically see an increase in thefts, ranging from vehicle prowls to burglaries, and this year is proving no different, said Mark Young, Bellingham Police Department spokesman.

During Thanksgiving weekend, the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, Bellingham Police responded to 21 burglaries, 14 vehicle prowls and nine reports of shoplifting, numbers that almost doubled from the same time period one week earlier, according to police records….Read more

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Important note: Have a look at this page before you prepare any of these drinks!



  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1 Tbs whipped cream
  • 1 pinch cinnamon


In a 2 ounce shot glass, combine vodka and apple cider. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon.



  • 2 oz whiskey or apple brandy
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • hot apple cider
  • lemon wedge for garnish
  • cinnamon stick for garnish
  • 2-3 whole cloves for garnish


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Compiling this list was rather nostalgic for me, as I fondly remember some of the films from my childhood, as others doubtless will.

Some of these are available on DVD; some are not. Many of them will doubtless air on television this holiday season. I have tried to include both the old and the new in this little directory.

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  1. All I Want for Christmas (1991)
  2. American Christmas Carol, An (TV) (1979)
  3. Babes in Toyland (1934)
  4. Babes in Toyland (1961)
  5. Babes in Toyland (TV) (1986)
  6. Bells of St. Mary’s, The (1945)
  7. Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The (1983) (TV)
  8. Bishops Wife, The (1947)
  9. Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988) (TV)
  10. Black Christmas (1974)
  11. (more…)

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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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