“If you’re burdened down with trouble
If your nerves are wearing thin
Pack your load down the road
And come to Holiday Inn”

These are the lyrics to the beloved Christmas movie – Holiday Inn. And they certainly come to mind when picturing the idyllic winter landscape and twinkling lights of Fairhaven each holiday season. Victorian-era homes and red brick structures still stand and are adorned with lights and garland. Fairhaven’s century-old buildings and storefronts offer a scene reminiscent of a slower-paced, more wholesome time, complete with horse-drawn carriages each Saturday of December.

While the architecture has retained its antique charm, the businesses inside are blossoming with shops, restaurants, and cafes to suit modern-day needs. Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, a cozy cafe or pub to hide away in, or to simply stroll the avenues lined with dazzling lit trees and lampposts, Fairhaven is the place to be each holiday season.

Fairhaven Winterfest
Each Saturday through December 23rd, Fairhaven comes alive with kid-friendly festivities to celebrate the season with old-fashioned fun.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: From 12-3pm free carriage rides will be leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn to jaunt about historic Fairhaven.

Find the Elves Treasure Hunt: Father Christmas’ eight “elves” are tucked away in various Fairhaven venues for participants to hunt down and collect passport stamps for. Passports are distributed by Village Books and completed passports can be turned in at any location that hosts an elf to be entered into a drawing on Saturday, December 23rd.

Letters to Father Christmas: Children are welcome to leave a letter or wish list for Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailbox located on the Village Green stage. “Fairhaven Elves” are in charge of delivering the letters to the Big Guy.

Window Display Contest: The Historic Fairhaven Association has partnered with Sustainable Connections’ “Buy Local for the Holidays” program to ask for your vote of most festive windows in Fairhaven. Window displays created by participating local businesses will be voted on by the public, Mayor of Bellingham, and surrounding business owners to win the heart of the community. Visit Sustainable Connections to vote!

Independently Owned Shops
Fairhaven’s relaxed pace make it an ideal destination for leisurely browsing for unique gifts for your friends and family.

Must-see shops include:

Paper Dreams
1206 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Everything paper, from party supplies to picture frames, calendars, journals, gift wrapping, and greeting cards. Also the exclusive home daily made Fairhaven fudge and an old-time candy counter.

1 Paperboat
1134 10th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Home goods, clothing, and unique gifts with a Northwest Nautical twist.

Artwood Gallery
1000 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
A gallery of fine woodworking with one-of-a-kind pieces from functional to decorative, including kitchenware, tables, musical instruments, and sculptures.

Good Earth Pottery
1000 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Handmade pottery and ceramic art representing more than 50 local artists.

1001 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Unique collections of handpicked works from a constantly evolving group of artisans, including many local and regional artists.

Jewelry Affair
1006 Harris Avenue, Suite 110
Bellingham, WA 98225
Specializes in customized, “one of a kind” designs and precious gems.

Silvery Moon
1010 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Features eclectic jewelry and plenty of variety.

The Garden Room
1006 Harris Avenue, #120
Historic Fairhaven
Bellingham, WA 98225
Offers a blend of tropical plants, elegant home and garden décor, fabulous scents, French jewelry, and unique gifts with complimentary gift wrapping.

Culinary Creations
1210 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
A diverse collection of gourmet foods, kitchenware, and wine.

Three French Hens
1100 Harris Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Markets an eclectic selection of gifts, home decor, and apparel to create an original shopping experience with a French flair.

Bay To Baker Trading Company
911 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Sells a variety of products, including travel accessories, outdoor clothing, t-shirts, hats, Northwest themed souvenirs, gifts, and cards.

Outbound And Down
1306 11th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Outdoor lifestyle store with apparel and accessories.

Cozy Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, and Cocktail Bars
Take a break from holiday shopping or come for a romantic evening in a warm and cozy atmosphere at one of Fairhaven’s local spots.

Here are a variety of options of where to eat, drink, and be merry in Fairhaven:

Bookfare Cafe
1200 11th Street

Colophon Cafe
1208-B 11th Street

Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse 1
211 11th Street

Keenan’s at the Pier
804 10th Street

Magdalena’s Creperie
1200 10th Street

Skylark’s Hidden Cafe
1308-B 11th Street

Fat Pie Pizza
1015 Harris Avenue

Lovitt restaurant
1114 Harris Avenue

Avenue Bread
1135 11th Street

Mount Bakery
1217 Harris Avenue

OVN Wood Fire Pizza 1
148 10th Street