Posts Tagged ‘Western Washington’

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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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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  • What: To help make a foster kid’s holiday wish come true, bring your gift of NEW, unwrapped toys and games to any Sleep Country location and it will be matched with a foster child in need!
  • Where: Bring toys to any Sleep Country store. There are over 40 locations throughout Western Washington, including Bellingham. [store locator] [Oregon locations]
  • When: Now until December 14. See Sleep Country’s official website for more information and holiday toy suggestions.

"I'm Father Christmas, and I approve this message."

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I know that October  8th may seem rather early to debut the Christmas calendar for 2008, but the fact of the matter is that some of the ticketed events are already selling seats – and it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to bring the calendar online after these have sold out. Surprisingly, however, one very big holiday event kicks off before the end of this month – namely, the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival, to be held at the Tacoma Dome October 22-26.

As with last year, there will be a strong emphasis this year on discovering and listing free and low-cost events throughout Whatcom County and greater Western Washington that the whole family can enjoy. This is in line with the general theme of this site: simplifying Christmas, and  creating pleasant and memorable experiences in the place of pre-Christmas stress and a post-Christmas flat wallet.

Events with a price for admission will of course be listed, as well – there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the producers of an event asking that a production or festival be supported by the attendees (although I must confess that $184-$450 price tags on a family-of-four admission to a certain time-honored production this year strikes me as near-larceny).

From now until Halloween, I’ll be very busy behind the scenes, here, gathering material for the site, and discovering even more events to populate the calendar (there’s a whole lot out there). Before I close this post, though, I’d like to ask you to keep the following phrase in mind: Ornament is for joy. Christmastime is a season of ornament, and has the potential to be a time of real value, of real joy, rather than a time for superficial affectations of joy and a closing value that can be summed off of gift-receipts.  But it’s up to you. If you’ve turned the holiday season into a finance-straining, nerve-shattering experience…well, it’s your own damned fault. About that, here’s some good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make it better; you can make this very Christmas one to remember fondly.  And I can help you with that.

See you on November 1st: All Saint’s Day!

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I’ve never been to “The Lights of Christmas” at Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center in Stanwood, WA, but I’ve heard that it’s something to behold.

All the information you need to know is located here.

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach

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A Victorian Country Christmas

  • Where: Puyallup Fairgrounds
  • When: Nov. 28 – Dec. 2. (Wed – Sat: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM) (Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • What: Step back in time as the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup are transformed into a Victorian village featuring old-fashioned streets lined with over 530 Victorian stores, tended by shopkeepers in Victorian attire.
  • Admission: $9.00/person, children under 5 free. Discounts for churches, groups, seniors, and students.
  • Parking: Free

For further information: see the official website.

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