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November 19, 2019

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Tiffany DeSimone, Community Outreach Supervisor Port of Bellingham
Port of Bellingham
TiffanyD@portofbellingham.com
(360) 676-2500
https://www.portofbellingham.com/141/Holiday-Port

2019 Holiday Port Festival, Gingerbread Contest at Bellingham Cruise Terminal

On Dec. 6 - 8, 2019 The Port of Bellingham celebrates the 29th year of Holiday Port at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal with performances by over 30 local Bellingham bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups for a total of over 700 musicians. The festival includes visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse and wagon rides and free photos with winter princesses. Thanks to generous donations by Haggen and BP all activities are free. Streat Food café will be open with food for purchase and Sugar and Spice food truck will have sweet treats for purchase.

One of the most beloved aspects of the event is the annual gingerbread contest, with all entries on display at the festival. It’s not too late to enter – the deadline to turn in an entry form is Nov. 27.  Entries don’t have to be made out of gingerbread – just visibly edible. That means graham cracker walls, fences made of pretzel sticks, and other creative uses of food are acceptable – and encouraged. A complete list of contest dates and deadlines are listed below. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three in each category.

The contest is free, and open to bakers of all ages and abilities. Many entrants choose to enter their edible structures in a silent auction that will benefit a local charity. The contest has an optional themed category, “Movies” for a total of 10 divisions. More information and a link to the online entry form can be found at: www.portofbellingham.com/holidayport


29th Annual Gingerbread Contest Dates and Deadlines:
Deadline to Turn in Entry Form: Wednesday, Nov. 27th
Date to Deliver Your Edible Structure: Wednesday, Dec 4th
All Entries are on Display at Holiday Port Friday-Sunday Dec. 6-8

29th  Annual Holiday Port Festival Dates and Times:
Friday Dec. 6:  Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 7: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Dec. 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m


Gingerbread House Bellingham Holiday Port Festival2

Holiday Port Festival Schedule:

Friday, Dec. 6 -

  • 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. Music & Dance Performances, Gingerbread House Display, Gingerbread Silent Auction free cider and cookies donated by Haggen
  • 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Visit/photos (free for download) with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Saturday, Dec. 7 -

  • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Music & Dance Performances, Gingerbread House Display, free cider and cookies donated by Haggen
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tractor/Wagon Rides with Cramer Classics Wagon Rides
  • 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Kids Art Activities with Allied Arts of Whatcom County
  • Noon – 4:00 p.m. Elsa visits!
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit and photos (free for download) with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • 5:30 - 6:20 p.m. * Lighted boat parade put on by the Bellingham Yacht Club. The boat parade route goes from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. *Times listed here are estimates only. Boats will leave Squalicum Harbor at 5pm. Bad weather will cancel the boat parade.

Sunday, Dec. 8 -

  • 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Music & Dance Performances, Gingerbread House Display, free cider and cookies donated by Haggen
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gingerbread Silent Auction
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Horse-drawn Wagon Rides with Cramer Classics Wagon Rides
  • 11:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Kids Art Activities with Allied Arts of Whatcom County
  • 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visits with Winter Princesses (Belle and Cinderella)
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • 2:00 p.m. Gingerbread House Silent Auction Closes. Winners will be called using the phone number provided on the auction sheet. Gingerbread winners may pick up houses Sunday from 3-4pm and  Monday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Port staff will be on site to coordinate payment and pick up. If your gingerbread creation is NOT in the silent auction, you may pick it up any time after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. All houses not picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10  will be discarded or donated.

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