Holiday Harbor Lights, events kick off winter


As the winter holidays begin, Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo have events celebrating the festive season Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 2.

Holiday Harbor Lights

Holiday Harbor Lights will once again bring holiday traditions to Blaine for a full day of activities spread across town on December 2.

The festival starts at 8:30 a.m. with a community breakfast at Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. The breakfast will be served until 10:30 a.m.

Blaine Public Library is holding a holiday book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library, 610 3rd Street.

Blaine Community Theater will put on a Christmas play 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. There will be live music at the senior center intermittently from noon to 7 p.m. Gateway 1890 Taphouse & Grill is hosting a beer garden 3-7 p.m. at the senior center.

Two holiday craft bazaars run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Blaine Community Pavilion, 635 8th Street, and in downtown Blaine, at 648 Peace Portal Drive. The Grinch will make an appearance at the downtown bazaar 1-3 p.m. Beach Cat Brewing will have a beer garden at the downtown bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

People shopping at the bazaar will be able to drop off children who are 5 years or older from noon to 4 p.m. at the senior center. Childcare activities will include making snowflakes at 12 p.m., creating holiday cards at 1:30 p.m. and cookie decorating at 3 p.m.

The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 will host its Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Park, 1800 H Street. Participants may dress in their best holiday fits as they run or walk the gravel course. Santa will be at the race, and there will be holiday activities, hot stew, cookies and drinks.

Pre-registration for the dash is available on and registration is available at the event, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The race is free for children 4 years and under, $5 for children ages 5-17, $10 for adults, or $30 for families up to five people.

The celebration will center around G Street Plaza in the evening. The Blaine middle and high school choir and middle school band will carol 4-5 p.m. as people gather at the plaza for the tree lighting ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Following the tree lighting, Santa will bring cookies and visit with children 5-7 p.m. at the Blaine Welcome Center, 546 Peace Portal Drive.

Free horse-drawn carriage and miniature train rides will travel around downtown 5-7 p.m.

Doug’s Burgers food truck will be parked in front of the downtown bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Street Dogz will have a food stand inside of the bazaar for the entire event.

Weekend holiday events

St. Anne Catholic Church kicks off the celebratory weekend with a winter wonderland Christmas market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, December 1 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2 at 604 H Street. The market will have crafts, baked goods and raffle prizes.

Semiahmoo Resort is hosting a holiday lights market 5-9 p.m. Friday, December 1 around the resort lobby, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway. The pop-up market will have local vendors, live music, seasonal drinks, kids crafts and the resort’s holiday lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m.

The Birch Bay Bike Shop and Beach Cat Prints has organized a holiday bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2. The bazaar will take place at the neighboring bike and print shops, 4823 Alderson Road in Birch Bay, and have local vendors, cookies and cocoa. Santa will visit the bazaar 12-2 p.m.


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