Harbor Lights festival returns to Blaine

Holiday_SG-11By Steve Guntli

Blaine’s annual Holiday Harbor Lights festival returns next month. The yearly holiday celebration will be marked with lights, music, a parade and plenty of shopping opportunities.

The events kick off on Friday, December 4, when the Homemade Arts and Crafts Christmas Bazaar opens its doors at 9 a.m. The seasonal market, located at the Blaine Community/Senior Center at 763 G Street, features many unique gift ideas and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Blaine Harbor Art Gallery is sponsoring the Blaine Holiday Art and Gift Market at 674 Peace Portal Drive. The market will feature one-of-a-kind, handmade arts and crafts from local artists. The market is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Blaine Library will also be holding its annual Winter Book Sale. Stock up your personal library with discounted used books from the library. The Winter Book Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, Blaine-Birch Bay Parks and Recreation District 2 and Let’s Move Blaine will sponsor the Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash. The 1.5-mile fun run follows a loop around downtown Blaine, with games and obstacles set up along the way. The race begins at 2:30 p.m. at H Street Plaza. A chili feed will be held after the dash.

The annual holiday fun will take place Saturday, December 5. The festivities will kick off with the lighting of the town Christmas tree in H Street Plaza at 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive on a horse-drawn carriage to give candy and treats to kids. The Blaine High School band and choir will be on hand to perform classic holiday songs. In between snacks donated by Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt and Semiahmoo Resort, enjoy the brightly lit parade down Peace Portal Drive.

After the festivities on the street, enjoy a second one on the water. From 6 to 7 p.m., a parade of decorated boats will sail through Drayton Harbor. Visitors can watch the festivities from the Blaine Harbor Public Pier and visit the boats afterward on the dock.

Afterward, be sure to take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, sponsored by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce. Stop in at the Pizza Factory to get a picture with Santa and enjoy some free candy canes.

For more information, visit blainechamber.com.

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