| 11/17/2022 | Holiday, Seasonal Travel, Winter |   

Holiday Fun at 2022 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! 

November 18 & 19

Presented by the Bellingham Makers Market, the Fairhaven Winter Art Market features 10 local artisans to help you with your local holiday shopping! 

Vendors include Coast to Coast Sustainable Solutions, Wild Material, Magic Carpet Jewelry, Evergreen Essential Soaps, Conifer, Silt, Westward Threads, Spiral Square Designs, Yeah Baby Boards Charcuterie, and Happy Hippie Granola. 

Shop local and enjoy some delicious refreshments! 10% of sales go to Clay International Secondary School. Stop by 1106 Harris Ave to pick up a map of all participating locations. 

November 26th

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. 

November 26 and December 3, 10, & 17

This year 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. 

Santa will be inside the Fairhaven Village Inn from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday November 26, Saturday December 3, Saturday December 10, and Saturday December 17.

November 26 and December 3, 10, & 17

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.

December 2, 6:30 p.m., Elf

December 9, 6:30 p.m., Polar Express

Fairhaven Association presents Fairhaven Winterfest Holiday Movie Nights! Families are invited to bring pillows/sleeping bags/blankets and get comfy on the floor to watch the movie. Jammies and slippers are allowed attire, especially for the kids movie.

Admission is free – donations are welcomed. 

Hot chocolate, cider, holiday treats, beer and wine can be purchased at the Firehouse.

December 3

Now in its 5th 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.

Start at 8th & Harris – near Evil Bikes. 

*New this year – follow the lights to Stones Throw Brewery and keep the festive spirit going! 

Admission is free – donations are welcomed!

Please observe the one-way walk through.

December 10 at 4:30 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!

Fairhaven Route:

Meet at Hillcrest Church (1400 Larrabee Ave) at 4:30 p.m., ride leaves at 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Bellingham Route:

Meet at Depot Market Square (1100 Railroad Ave) at 4:30 p.m., ride leaves at 5:00 p.m.

Both groups will meet at Boulevard Park for hot cocoa and festivities.  Call Mary at WTA with questions: 360-788-9316


Create new memories in Fairhaven this winter! Take in the seasonal sights and sounds of Winterfest, beginning November 26, and enjoy staying in the heart of the Village.

  • Stay one night at Fairhaven Village Inn and save 10% off their Best Available Rate. 
  • Stay any consecutive night and save 15% off when you book any stay Sunday through Thursday.
  • Book Your Stay Today!
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