Lorin Lindell | 12/22/2021 | Updated | Attend, Attractions, Fairs, Festivals & Parades, Family Fun, Holiday, Seasonal Travel, Tours, Winter |   

Holiday Happenings in Whatcom County

When the sun starts to set earlier, and the year starts to come to a close, Whatcom County lights up with Holiday Happenings! Spend this 2021 holiday season supporting the incredible local businesses we have in Whatcom County.

Check out our full Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information! 

Friday, November 19 - Friday, December 24

Start this beautiful holiday season off with Allied Arts 42nd Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts. Starring over 100 local artisans and craftspeople presenting their holiday goodies! It is the perfect way to kick off the holidays and great fun for everyone! From fragrant handcrafted soaps to melt-in-your-mouth homemade fudge, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list. 

Fill your weekends with live local music, artist demos, and workshops. Bring the kids in for free and enjoy fun, family art projects. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! 

Friday, November 26 - Sunday, January 2, 2022

Enjoy the holiday spirit in the Whatcom Museum's historic Old City Hall! Explore a variety of themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room, participate in holiday craft-making, and enjoy the dazzling décor.

Tuesday, November 30 - Friday, December 31

Downtown is excited to #ShineBrightBham. Visit Downtown and savor the season’s spirit, decor, and lights with your friends and family. Starting November 27th through the end of 2021, we will host more than a dozen events, 30+ decorated window displays, and interactive contests and scavenger hunts. 

Make sure to vote on your favorites as you stroll - you could win a FREE night stay at Hotel Leo!

Saturday, December 4 - Friday, December 31

Hotel Bellwether comes alive with holiday magic and welcomes you to a Winter Wonderland the entire month of December! Join them for the 10th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival benefiting Skookum Kids, a volunteer-staffed community organization that supports children transitioning into foster care. 

View over 20 trees creatively decorated by local businesses and our very own Bellwether Bella, official "Canine Concierge." Vote for your favorite tree by contributing monetary or gently used clothing donations, and be entered to win a night in the Lighthouse Suite.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

An annual Bellingham tradition! Celebrate the New Year in style with a walk-run around Lake Padden followed by a shockingly fun dip in the water. Yes, it's cold and yes you should do it!

Friday, December 31

Join Twin Sisters Brewing and Dance into the New Year at Bellingham’s ultimate New Year’s Eve party at Twin Sisters Brewing Company! Enjoy three different and exciting entertainment options. Groove on the dance floor in our main restaurant with The Walrus, jive with bluegrass fiddlers Nakos and Katie in our cozy taproom, or vibe with the DJ to a silent disco in our beer garden party tent! No matter your dancing style, there is a place for you. 

There will also be a midnight countdown balloon drop, a buffet option that includes sliders and beer pretzels, and of course, there will be one of our many stunning house brews! 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Celebrate the start of 2022 with Recreation Northwest! Join your guide as we gaze up at the expansive night sky! 

Have you ever wondered what constellations make up the night sky or the mythology tales that accompany these? Come find out and let’s hope for a clear sky.  

Tuesday, Janauary 4

The solution to pollution is a New Year’s resolution… to attend a beach cleanup! To combat plastic pollution in the Salish Sea, RE Sources will be hosting beach cleanups, as well as cleanups along rivers and lakes. The first cleanup of the year will be on Tuesday, January 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham. Bagels will be provided by The Bagelry, a Bellingham favorite since 1984!

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        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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