Every year, the city of Blaine heralds the holidays with the annual Holiday Harbor Lights festival and community tree lighting.
The festivities, aimed at spreading holiday cheer, offer families and individuals alike an opportunity to visit downtown and the surrounding Blaine areas for a plethora of holiday-focused events. There really is something for everyone.
Beginning on Friday, November 30, Blaine opens its doors to the spirit of the season with the Blaine Library book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Blaine Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday’s events will be followed at 7 p.m. by a performance of “The Children’s Nutcracker Fantasy” at the Blaine Performing Arts Center (PAC). Tickets are available at 360/332-8929.
On Saturday, December 1, after a fun afternoon of dashing through the streets of Blaine at the first-ever Holiday Lights Dash (a one-mile fun run set for 3 p.m., pre-registration required –see “Coming Up” on page 14 for details), get warm and cheery at Blaine Bouquets with a glass of mulled wine or cider (noon to 5 p.m.)
Blaine will also revisit the days of yore with horse-drawn trolleys parading the city streets. Free rides in the trolleys are sponsored by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Afterward, you can stay toasty and warm around the fire with karaoke sponsored by Thousand Trails Birch Bay.
The peak of the event will be at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the community tree lighting and caroling by the Blaine School band and choir downtown at Harborview Plaza (H Street and Peace Portal Drive).
Santa will arrive by fire engine at 5:15 p.m. and visit with children for photos and free candy canes at the Blaine Pizza Factory.
Peace Portal Drive from H to G Street will be closed to traffic from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Decorated boats will sail through Drayton Harbor between 5 and 6 p.m., giving onlookers a chance to marvel at the Christmas lights on the water.
To wrap it all up, a concert by the North Cascades Concert band will be held at the PAC at 7:30 p.m.
If you’d rather give than receive this holiday season, there will be opportunities to donate to the Blaine Food Bank at the Christmas tree lighting, as well as at Sterling Bank and the Blaine Liquor Store.
The chamber is offering businesses the opportunity to display their holiday spirit by participating in the Winter Wonderland display downtown.
The trees will be decorated and on display around the railing on G Street Plaza. Businesses may supply their own trees (4 to 6-feet high) and lights, or they may request a tree from the Chamber for a $50 donation. All trees need to be decorated and on display by November 30.
Judging will be held on Saturday, December 1, and registration is required. Contact Carroll Solomon at 360/332-4544 or Debbie Harger at 360/543-9982 by November 26 to participate.