Holiday events around the county

DSC_0163December 3–5, 10–12

Tuna Christmas

Bellingham Theatre Guild

1600 H Street, Bellingham


Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission: $8 children, $12 students and seniors, $14 adults.

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas.

December 4–6

Blaine Harbor Lights

Downtown Blaine

A variety of activities occur in Blaine on this first weekend of December. On Saturday, December 5, a community tree lighting takes place at 4:30 p.m., followed by the arrival of Santa by fire truck at 5 p.m. A lighted boat parade in Drayton Harbor can be viewed from 6 to 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, December 4–5, a Homemade Arts and Crafts Christmas Bazaar takes place at the Blaine Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, December 5–6, a Holiday Art and Gift Market takes place at the Blaine Harbor Gallery. Contact the Blaine Visitor’s Center at 360/332-4544 for more information.

December 4–6

Holiday Port Festival and Gingerbread Houses

Bellingham Cruise Terminal 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. 360/676-2500

Friday, December 4, noon–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, December 5–6, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

This annual event features an amazing display of locally crafted gingerbread houses, performances from local bands, choirs and dancers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and photos with Santa. Free to attend.

December 4–6

Old Fashioned Christmas

Pioneer Park in Ferndale

2004 Cherry Street, Ferndale

Friday, 5–9 p.m.; Saturday, 1–9 p.m.; Sunday 1–4 p.m.

Step back in time this holiday season at the historic cedar log cabins of Pioneer Park. Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society don pioneer costumes to greet visitors as they experience how our ancestors enjoyed the holidays.

December 5

Lynden Lighted Parade

Front Street, downtown Lynden

6 p.m.–7 p.m. Free to attend.

Visitors are treated to holiday carolers & a dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, farm equipment & more. The procession starts at Fairway Center and travels along Front Street through downtown.

December 7

A Christmas Party at 

Lairmont Manor

Pearl Harbor Day. Lairmont Manor and Andrews Sisters tribute band The Pakawallops are the primary sponsors.

There is no charge for celebrants 90 years or older (there will be a small charge for guests). RSVP required. There will be 1940s music, carols and wartime songs. Call or email Lairmont for reservations: 360/647-1444,

December 12

Brunch with Santa

Ho ho ho! Who’s planned a special visit to Semiahmoo? None other than Santa himself will be swinging by Pierside Kitchen at noon on Saturday, December 12. Brunch is served 11 a.m.–2 p.m. And bring your camera: Santa will be wandering the restaurant with treats for good boys and girls! Call 360/318-2090 for reservations.

December 31

Annual Ring of Fire and Hope

Birch Bay Visitor Center, Birch Bay shoreline


7–8 p.m.

Revelers ringing in the New Year start with lighting road flares along the Birch Bay shoreline. Anyone can participate. The bay becomes a ring of fire, signifying hope for the coming year. For a small donation, flares are usually available at the Birch Bay Visitor’s Center. Free to attend.

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