Fairhaven is a spectacular place to be for the holidays. Gleaming lights adorn every tree, lamppost, and storefront to create a magical holiday landscape. Its century-old buildings and small-town charm add a nostalgic glow reminiscent of a time when the holidays were a little bit simpler and the pace a little bit slower.

The seasonal festivities begin the day after Thanksgiving in the Fairhaven Historic District with the arrival of Father Christmas and the kickoff to Fairhaven’s annual Winterfest. This beloved community event is a family favorite with activities for kids that wont break the bank.

Friday, November 24th

3-5 pm
Father Christmas will make his appearance at the Victorian gazebo on 10th and Harris to visit with children and find out what’s on their wish list this year.

5-8 pm
The Holiday Art Walk (part of the Fourth Friday series) will take place, featuring the lighting of the trees, live music, snacks and beverages, and of course a great collection of local art. Local participating merchants will also be offering Christmas treats as part of the Holiday Open House.

Saturday, November 25th

12-3 pm
Father Christmas will be at the Fairhaven Village Inn lobby and free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides will be offered from the portico of the Inn.

12-5 pm
Street Corner Musicians & Performers will fill the village with the carols and holiday favorites. Musicians and performers will rotate every half hour to four different designated spots to delight visitors.

Holiday Market on the Fairhaven Village Green. Non-profit organizations will be selling wares or offering services with all purchases going to a good cause.

4-5 pm
The Bellingham Circus Guild will perform on the Fairhaven Village Green.

5 pm
Lighting of the Christmas Tree with Carols on the Village Green.

Winterfest will continue on each Saturday until Christmas. Ongoing fun and activities each Saturday through December 23rd include—

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: free carriage rides will be leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn.
  • Find the Elves Treasure Hunt: Father Christmas’ eight “elves” will be tucked away in eight separate Fairhaven venues. Participants can collect a passport from Village Books to 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.
  • Letters for Father Christmas: Children may send their wish list to Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailboxlocated on the Village Green stage. The “Fairhaven Elves” will make sure to get the imperative letters to Santa – but not before they sneak photos to share on Fairhaven’s Facebook page!
  • Window Display Contest: Fairhaven shops, restaurants, and cafes will be decked out for the season – be sure to vote on your favorite window display and have a chance to win a great prize. Visit Sustainable Connectionsfor more information and to vote.

Whether you’re joining the festivities or doing a bit of holiday shopping in town, Fairhaven is a must-see destination this time of year.