Time 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Price Free
Location Throughout Fairhaven - begins 3pm Friday afternoon.
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Start your holidays in the historic Fairhaven district with the annual Holiday Festival Opening Celebrations and Holiday Art Walk! (And then keep on enjoying through the season.)

Amidst Fairhaven's festive 100-year-old buildings, and along the streets and public spaces (all decorated and lit up to brighten your strolling, shopping and dining), experience the start of the holidays with the following special events:

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus greet visitors in the Victorian-era gazebo at the corner of Harris Avenue and 10th Street from 3 to 5pm today and noon-3pm Saturday.
  • The Grinch, aboard his sleigh, will be visiting with kids, family and pets at Village Books, and Tim Chandonnet will be taking photos as a fundraiser for Blues Skies for Children. 3-8pm both today and Saturday.
  • The annual Lighting of the Trees at 5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green (as well as the lighting of the entire district).
  • Just after the 5pm lighting, on the Village Green stage, watch performances by the Dance Studio from "Saving Christmas Town" and enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate and roasted nuts.
  • From 5-9pm, both today and Saturdayexperience the Holiday Art Walk featuring some 20 locations with special exhibits and unique events. Look for a lit candle ornament near the front door of participating businesses, and see below for a complete list of what's being featured.
  • Around 6-8pm, the Bellingham High School “Showstoppers” will be singing in different spots throughout the core of the busines district. They will likely be caroling again on Saturday during the art walk.

Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, & 21,  Noon-3pm, at the Fairhaven Village Inn, families may enjoy visiting with Santa, plus horse-drawn carriage rides by Cramer Classics. The visits and rides are FREE for all ages, thanks to main sponsor Fairhaven Village Inn, with additional support from Bellingham Tennis/Fairhaven Fitness, Peoples Bank, and Renaissance Celebration. (See pictures from last year's carriage rides here.)

Fridays, December 6, 13 and 20, many businesses will also stay open late; and Saturdays throughout December, listen for holiday carolers!

Experience the full holiday season amidst the festive atmosphere of Historic Fairhaven—shop, dine, wonder, meander, enjoy!

Participants in the Historic Holiday Art Walk, November 29 and 30:

• Good Earth Pottery – “Characters & Landscapes,” the sculptural watercolors of Jayme Curley with artist’s reception on Friday night
• Renaissance Celebration – “Local Glass Art” from David Wight, Mark Ellinger, Stan O’Neil, Ed Schmid, Brian Kerkvliet, and more
• The Silvery Moon – “All the Colors of Sapphire,” mounted and unmounted natural sapphire in all the shades of the rainbow
• Skylark’s Cafe –  Seasonal Treats and Festive Holiday Jazz performances (note, this is from 8-11pm)
• Artwood Gallery – “The Holiday Gift Show,” with new handmade wooden items from local artists;
•    12th Street Shoes – “Upcycled Handbag & Shoe Show,” locally created items from recycled material—functional or not—with a contest for a people’s choice award
• Fairhaven Pharmacy – “Specialty Soaps and Scrubs”
• Whatcom Art Market – unique, handmade gifts by fifty local artists, refreshments and artist demonstrations
• The Garden Room –  “Elizabeth Riveiro Jewelry of Paris France,” a stylish mix of old and modern using lost wax techniques and solid bronze or silver
• Fairhaven Toy Garden –  “Felting and Holiday Paper Craft”
• A Lot of Flowers -  Ben Mann Acrylic Originals
• Bay to Baker Trading Company – “Work by Local Artist” 
• Katie’s Cupcakes -  “DeLorean, Brown and McFly,” action figure sculpture
• Blue Horizon – “Hobo bags and Chan-Luu Jewelry”
• Colophon Cafe – “Local Photographs,” with images by Buff Black and John D’Onofrio (new publisher of Adventures NW magazine);
• Bead Bazaar –  “Manutea’s Sterling Jewelry Collection” and an encore presentation of 2012-2013’s featured bead artisans
• Three French Hens -  “Lotus Moon Jewelry,” ornaments by Leslie Smith and other local jewelry artists
• Drizzle – “Pinch of Love” by spice master, Bob Currie
• Fairhaven Runners & Walkers – “Places I Run,” paintings inspired by trails in Bellingham and the Methow Valley by Kristen Ingman
• Village Books – “Photos with The Grinch”
• Book Fare Cafe – “Paintings by Julie Leuthold”
• Paper Dreams – “Local Art”

Related Businesses:
Fairhaven Village Inn
Bellingham Tennis Club/Fairhaven Fitness
Renaissance Celebration
A Lot of Flowers
Artwood Gallery
12th Street Shoes
Bay to Baker Trading Company
Blue Horizon Clothing
Colophon Cafe
Fairhaven Antique Mall
Fairhaven Toy Garden
Fairhaven Pharmacy
Good Earth Pottery
Silvery Moon
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe
The Garden Room
Paper Dreams
Village Books
Fairhaven Runners & Walkers
book fare cafe