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Island Artisans’ Holiday Market

11/28/2014 - 11/29/2014 - All Day at Friday Harbor Elementary School Gym
95 Grover St

A much loved island tradition! All the artists are juried and present their best arts and craft work for the season. It is a fundraiser for Art Scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

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Lynden in Lights

11/28/2014 - 01/01/2015 - All Day at

Take a tour of the city’s unique light displays & decorated storefronts during Lynden in Lights from November 28th-January 1st! Larger-than-life Nativity sets, Dutch children, poinsettias, windmills, and more illuminate the city throughout the season for all to see!

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Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights

12/05/2014 - 12/07/2014 - All Day at

The Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights and Tree Lighting runs Friday, December 5th-Sunday, December 7th.  The Festival includes a lot of family friendly events: Holiday Art Market, Winter Book Sale, Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash, Karaoke & Caroling, A Performance by the Blaine School Band & Choir culminating with a Community Tree Lighting, a Visit from Santa and a Dazzling Boat Parade!

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Holiday Port Festival

12/05/2014 - 12/07/2014 - 12:00 am at Bellingham Cruise Terminal
355 Harris Ave

The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held the weekend of December 5th- 7th. It’s one of the most anticipated events of every holiday season! The festival is open to the public Friday from 12pm-8pm, Saturday from 11am-5:30pm and Sunday from 11am-5:30pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The Holiday Port Festival includes:

*Performances by local choirs, bands, and dancers
*Gingerbread house contest & display
*Free cookies & hot apple cider
*A food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank, so bring non-perishable food items to help fight hunger
*Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, with the option to purchase photos from Turner Photographics-Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm
*Fire truck rides — Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm
*Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides — Saturday 11am -2pm & Sunday 1-4pm

Gingerbread House Contest:

The gingerbread house contest is free and open to bakers of all abilities and ages. This year’s optional themed category is “Landmarks” and anyone, of any age, and any group size, may choose to enter the theme category instead of one of the other categories (see below). Many adults and children make a tradition out of entering the contest, and ribbons are awarded for the top three in each category. Key gingerbread house contest dates:  entry form deadline Monday, Dec. 1; edible structure delivery date Wednesday, Dec. 3rd. For full info on entering the gingerbread house contest, visit the Port of Bellingham’s site.

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Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights

12/05/2014 - 12/07/2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Downtown Blaine
728 Peace Portal

Sail into the season in the seaside town of Blaine with holiday festivities all day Saturday, December 7th including a Holiday Art Market, Winter Booksale, Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash, Karaoke & Caroling, A Performance by the Blaine School Band & Choir culminating with a Community Tree Lighting, a Visit from Santa and a Dazzling Boat Parade!

Shop for unique gifts Friday and Saturday from 9-4 pm at the Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Blaine Community Center ~763 G Street or at the Blaine Library Winter Book Sale ~ 610 3rd Street, Friday 10-6 pm & Saturday 10-3 pm.

View art and buy unique home decor and gifts from local artists at the Blaine Holiday Art Market organized by the Blaine Harbor Art Gallery ~ 674 Peace Portal Drive, Saturday 10-7 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.

Sprint to the finish at the Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash for all ages organized by Northwest Park and Recreation and sponsored by local businesses. The race starts at 2:30 pm from H Street Plaza and is followed by a chili feed.

Reminisce of an Old Fashioned Christmas and ride a Horse Drawn Trolley downtown (free) sponsored by the Blaine Chamber on Saturday, December 7th 4 to 6 pm.

Vote on your favorite decorated tree and show support for local businesses and community groups at the G Street Plaza community tree display. If you miss the tree display that weekend you can vote at the Blaine Visitor’s Center up to December 14th. The winning business will receive a gift basket with goodies from local businesses.

Come one come all to the Holiday Harbor Lights Community Tree Lighting at Harbor View Plaza at “H” Street and Peace Portal Drive on Saturday, December 7th at 4:30 pm with caroling, Karaoke by Thousand Trails, free refreshments sponsored by Tutor Doctor & Stafholt and the Blaine School Band & Choir playing in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. The Tree Lighting takes place at 4:30 pm and Santa arrives amidst sirens in a decorated fire truck at 5 pm. Santa will take time to visit with tots for pictures and free candy canes at the Blaine Pizza Factory ~738 Peace Portal Drive. Cash donations for visits with Santa will be accepted for Let’s Move Blaine. Peace Portal Drive will be closed to traffic from (4 pm-6 pm) from H and G Streets during the tree lighting festivities.

Marvel at a dazzling display of decorated boats which will sail through Drayton Harbor between 6 -7 pm. Watch the parade from the Blaine Harbor Public Pier and visit the boats before the parade at the Blaine Harbor Visitor Dock.

For more information about Blaine’s holiday festivities, please contact The Blaine Visitor Center at 360 332-4544 or www.blainechamber.com or Debbie Harger @ 360-543-9982.

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Blaine Senior Center’s 8th Annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar

12/05/2014 - 12/06/2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Blaine Senior Center
763 G St.

8th Annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar Friday & Saturday December 5th & 6th!

From 9am-4pm Over 30 craftspeople, cookie lane, deli lunch, Santa on Saturday 10-2 & more!

A Blaine Holiday Tradition! Don’t miss it!

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Pacific Arts Holiday Market

12/05/2014 - 12/21/2014 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Sunset Square
1125 E Sunset Dr

Shop local and handmade this holiday season at the 18th Annual Pacific Arts Market in Bellingham. The Market features several dozen well-known local artists and crafters, with a variety of work including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath & body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts, and much more. This fun family event also presents live music and artist demonstrations.

The Market is open the three weekends before Christmas; December 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21
10:00am-6:00pm, Fridays-Sundays

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Gardenview Montessori 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar

12/06/2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at St. Paul’s Academy
3230 Meridian St

Gardenview Montessori will host the 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar at St. Paul’s Academy on Saturday, December 6th from 9:00am to 3:00pm featuring local vendors, a silent auction, bake sale and activities for children. Free admission. Free ticket at the door for each child to use for a kid’s craft, kid’s game or kid’s raffle entry.

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Breakfast with Sinterklaas!

12/06/2014 - 9:30 am - 11:00 am at Lynden Community Center
410 Grover St

Enjoy all you can eat pancake breakfast and visit with Sinter as he spreads traditional Dutch holiday cheer! Bring the whole family to visit Sinterklaas from 9:30-11:00 am at the Lynden Community Center. Breakfast cost is $5/$3. Bring your camera!

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Lynden Lighted Christmas Parade

12/06/2014 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at

Lynden’s beloved annual Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6:00pm on December 6th. 8,000-10,000 visitors each year are treated to holiday carolers and a dazzling display of festively lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment, and more! The 24th annual procession begins at Fairway Center and travels along Front Street throughout downtown Lynden.

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