| 11/17/2023 | Attend, Holiday, Seasonal Travel, Winter |   

Holiday Fun at 2023 Fairhaven Winterfest in Bellingham

Every year, historic Fairhaven Village in Bellingham comes alive with holiday cheer and activity. From music to movies to gift markets and more, there's something for the whole family at Fairhaven Winterfest

Nov. 25, Dec. 2, & Dec. 9, 2023

12-3 p.m. 

Santa’s mailbox will be located at the Village Green for easy access during Winterfest events!  Make sure to include a return address and legible name so Santa and his elves can send a return message!

Visit Father Christmas to share your childhood dreams and desires. 

Nov. 25, Dec. 2, & Dec. 9, 2023

12-3 p.m. 

After saying hello to Old Saint Nick, enjoy a free 15-minute horse-drawn carriage ride around Fairhaven Village!

Listen to the clip-clop of hooves as a band of horses takes you in a loop around the streets of Historic Fairhaven Village. 

The carriage picks up and drops off outside the entrance to the Fairhaven Village Inn. The ride is FREE but there is a "carrot donation bucket" for the horses.

Nov. 25, 2023

4-7 p.m.

Presented by the Bellingham Makers Market, the Fairhaven Winter Art Market features local artisans to help you with your local holiday shopping! Stop by 1106 Harris Ave to pick up a map of all participating locations. 

Nov. 25, 2023

5 p.m.

A fun day of Winterfest events culminates in a tree lighting starting at 5 p.m.!

Watch as Santa Claus lights the Village tree. The annual tradition is a great way to capture the first Saturday of Winterfest.

Stick around for some holiday carols. 

Dec. 2, 2023

5-8 p.m.

Now in its 6th year, Fairhaven Firelight Stroll has become a favorite holiday tradition! Grab a hot cocoa or spiced cider at the entry tent and stroll the wooded path lined with luminaria.

Admission is free – donations are welcomed!

Please observe the one-way walk through.

Dec. 2, 2023

5-9 p.m.

After your firelit stroll through the woods, celebrate Winterfest with a community block party with a beer or hot beverage at Stones Throw Brewery! 

Dec. 9, 2023

Departs Fairhaven at 5 p.m.

The community is invited to adorn their bodies and bikes with lights and pedal on the South Bay Trail between Fairhaven and Downtown!


Create new memories in Fairhaven this winter! Take in the seasonal sights and sounds of Fairhaven Winterfest while staying in the heart of the Village. The inn is within easy walking distance of all the festival's events and happenings. 

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