Winter Activities

Visiting Whatcom County in the winter is definitely worth the trip. Head up to Mount Baker to experience all of your favorite snow sports or spend your time shopping in downtown Bellingham & Fairhaven.  We also have theatres & music and museums & galleries to keep you entertained in the winter months.

Want more events? Check out our event calendar or annual events for a monthly list of events during the fall season. Or stop by our Visitors Center for even more ideas on things to do in the winter.

Just for Winter

Times & dates may vary, please use the links provided for specific details.

Whatcom Symphony –  Enjoy favorite holiday melodies, traditional carols, a fun sing-along, and a few special surprises, including a delightful appearance by two very jolly visitors from the North Pole

Christmas – Get into the holiday spirit with the many events in the County! Fairhaven is a great spot for Christmas shopping, carriage rides, lights and much more! You wouldn’t want to miss the Annual  Holiday Port Festival or the Ferndale Old Fashioned Christmas celebrations. We even have a parade in the winter, the Lynden Lighted Parade, it is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.  Enjoy the arts with a performance of the Nutcracker at Mount Baker Theatre or the Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts.

Dip into the New Year with the Resolution Walk/Run & Padden Polar Dip, a brisk walk or run around Lake Padden with a dip in the lake to start a new year. The Birch Bay Polar Bear Swim features hundreds of shivering brave souls plunging into the icy waters of Birch Bay.  

Take your Valentine on the Lake Whatcom Railway Valentine Train, a one and a half hour train ride along the shores of Lake Whatcom. Snuggle up at a romantic B&B, rent a cabin in the woods, or visit one of the local wine bars, Honeymoon or Temple Bar, with your Valentine.

If your plan is to spend some time at Baker, you may want to watch or participate in the Legendary Banked Slalom races, an extreme snowboarding contest held annually since 1985 at Mount Baker.

Bite of Blaine – This annual event is sure to please your taste buds with local restaurants and area food confectioners from Blaine & Birch Bay serving up tasty samples.


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