Holidaycelebrations begin with lights

Published on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 by at Grubb

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Holiday celebrations begin with lights

By Pat Grubb

The holiday season festivities kick off this Saturday with music, entertainment, arts and crafts and a visit from the big guy himself. Kids of any age will enjoy what organizers have got in store for them in beautiful downtown Blaine.

Starting the festivities will be the opening day of the third annual WinterFest, an arts and crafts-filled event that takes place this year in the former Worldly Treasures building at 638 Peace Portal Drive. The festival, created by the Sweet Road Artisans Alliance with support from the city of Blaine and the chamber of commerce, will feature 14 artisans and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. WinterFest will be held the first three weekends in Blaine, beginning at 10 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. on subsequent weekends.

WinterFest features Northwest holiday arts and crafts, artists demonstrating their artforms, ongoing live entertainment, kid’s activities and friendly alpacas.

The community tree lighting ceremony gets underway at 4 p.m. at the H Street Plaza with caroling featuring the Blaine elementary and high school choirs in anticipation of the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Santa and his significant other will be arriving at Blaine Harbor aboard the historic Plover ferry and will be brought downtown aboard a fire truck around 4:45 p.m.

Following the tree lighting, the Clauses will board a llama-powered carriage for the block-long ride down to the Winterfest site to join the festivities of music, art and holiday cheer.

The lighted ships parade will begin at 5 p.m. and will be visible downtown between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Peace Portal Drive will be closed to traffic from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. between H and G streets during the ceremonies to allow visitors to stroll through town and patronize downtown shops and other establishments. Free refreshments at various locations.