Fairhaven Winterfest & Holiday Art Walk

Friday, November 24, 2017
3:00pm - 8:00pm
All free!
Fairhaven Village Green & throughout Fairhaven
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Add to Calendar 11/24/2017 3:00 PM 11/24/2017 8:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Fairhaven Winterfest & Holiday Art Walk Celebrate your winter holidays in the Historic Fairhaven District through December 23rd! Fairhaven Village Green & throughout Fairhaven MM/DD/YYYY
Celebrate your winter holidays in the Historic Fairhaven District through December 23rd!

The Annual Historic Fairhaven Winterfest (with a new name this year), begins Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, with continuing fun and activities through December 23.

Amidst Fairhaven's festive 100+-year-old buildings--and along streets and public spaces decorated and lit up to brighten your strolling, shopping and dining--enjoy the holidays with some very special events!

  • FRIDAY, November 24
    • 3-5pm: The Fairhaven Winterfest kicks off with Father Christmas visiting families at Fairhaven's Victorian-era Gazebo (corner of 10th and Harris).
    • 5-8pm: The Annual Holiday Art Walk (and this month's 4th Friday Art Walk)-- watch for special candles burning outside participating locations. (Full list coming soon.)
    • 5-8pm: New this year will be a Holiday Open House at participating merchants with Christmas treats on offer. 
  • SATURDAY, November 25
    • noon-3pm: Father Christmas will be visiting with families at the Fairhaven Village Inn lobby; free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides will be offered from the portico of the Inn.
      • (Both happenings continue every Saturday during the holiday season).
    • noon-5pmStreet Corner Musicians & Performers will bring the village alive with the sounds of the season. Musicians and performers will rotate every half hour to four different designated spots to delight visitors with the sounds of music and laughter.
    • noon-5pm:  Holiday Market on the Fairhaven Village Green. Non-profit organizations will be selling wares or offering services. Know that your purchases all go to supporting a good cause.
    • 4-5pmThe Bellingham Circus Guild performs on the Fairhaven Village Green.
    • 5pmLighting of the Christmas Tree with Carols on the Village Green, with the tree located between The Fairhaven Village Inn and 1 Paper Boat.
    • 5-8pm: Holiday Open House at participating merchants with Christmas treats on offer.
  • Ongoing through December 23:
    • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: Each Saturday (weather permitting) from 12-3pm free carriage rides will be leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn.
    • Find the Elves Treasure Hunt: Each Saturday, Father Christmas’s eight "elves" will be tucked away in eight separate Fairhaven venues. Participants can collect a passport from Village Books, that will be stamped for each elf they find. All completed cards (turn in at any location that hosts an elf) will be entered into a drawing on Saturday, December 23rd.

    • Children will be able to leave letters for Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailbox located on the Village Green stage with the forest of trees. Father Christmas's "Fairhaven Elves" will spirit the letters away for his perusal--but we hear they will sometimes sneak photos of the envelopes before delivering them, and they will share these on the Historic Fairhaven Facebook page --so be sure to keep watch (and like Historic Fairhaven)!

    • Window Display Contest: Vote on your favorite window display and have a chance to win a great prize. (Visit Sustainable Connections for more information and how to vote.)

Whether you're a resident, or a visitor looking for a great holiday get-away, plan to experience the best of the holiday season surrounded by the festive atmosphere of Historic Fairhaven—shop, dine, wonder, meander, enjoy!

Art Walk, Friday, November 24, 5-8pm:

  • Mambo Italiano - Ben Mann
  • Current and Furbish - Colleen Monette
  • lovitt - Jacqueline Midner
  • Scandi Butik - multiple artists
  • Tony's Coffee/Harris Avenue Cafe - Jenna Goodman
  • Whatcom Art Market - Jennifer Korn-Leech
  • Blessings Salon Spa - a local artist
  • Village Books/Dreams - Laura Picco and Keeley Chiasson
  • Colophon Cafe - a local artist
  • A Lot of Flowers - Ben Mann (working on-site on an original painting)
  • Stones Throw Brewery - Cory Tarilton
  • Artwood - multiple artists will be present
  • Morgan Block Studios - multiple artists
  • Good Earth Pottery - "Soda Sisters" Tracy Rock, Jordan Jones & Clovy Tsuchiya
  • Whimsey - Moss Bags
  • CreativiTea - Jodi Sparber
  • Cooper Lanza Gallery - Cooper Lanza
  • Mount Bakery Cafe - Edward Praczukowski
  • Fairhaven Village Inn - David Ridgway
  • Renaissance Celebration - Glass Eyes & Mark Ellinger'
  • Bay to Baker Trading Co. - Sterling Magnum
  • Fairhaven Toy Garden - colored paper activity
  • 12th Street Shoes - local artist

Many of the businesses will be open late for exhibit viewing on Saturday as well.