Hilary Parker | 11/19/2018 | Insider Blogs |   

Santa Sightings around Bellingham and Whatcom County

family Santa photo at Mt. Baker Ski Area

That jolly old elf Saint Nick is making the rounds to public places throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County to hear the Christmas wishes of all the good little girls and boys.

Haven’t caught up with him yet? There’s still time before the reindeer fly! Here’s where you can find him:

Olde Fashioned Christmas

Santa Claus with boy at the Olde Fashioned Christmas

One of my family’s favorite places to visit with Santa is at the Olde Fashioned Christmas at Ferndale’s Pioneer Park.

If you haven’t been to Pioneer Park, the visit to see the 12 log cabin structures saved from homesteads around Whatcom County is worth the trip alone. When those cabins are decorated for the yuletide and volunteers dressed in pioneer-era costumes are there to greet you, the experience is all the sweeter.

Girl cuts out cookies with a cutter

The cabins are outfitted with period decor, furnishings and tools, and visitors can try their hand at crafts, play old-fashioned games and even help bake cookies. What better way to get into the spirit of the holidays?

Then, of course, there is Santa himself. Bring your Christmas list and own camera to snap a photo with him and your kids.

Just like Clement Moore describes in his poem about this “right jolly old elf,” Santa will disappear just as quickly as he came, so be sure to catch him at during his limited engagement at the Old Fashioned Christmas from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 this year.

Friday, Nov.30, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m. ferndaleheritagesociety.com/events

Fairhaven Winterfest

Girl with Father Christmas

Father Christmas, resplendent in his Victorian Christmas attire, visits with families at the Fairhaven Village Inn on Saturdays during Fairhaven’s Winterfest, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 22. Santa also makes a special appearance on opening night of Winterfest, Friday, Nov. 23, from 3-5 p.m. at the Gazebo near the Village Green.

The Fairhaven Village is merry and bright during Christmastime, and Saturdays during Winterfest are filled with fun holiday activities, including free horse-drawn carriage rides and the “Signs of the Season” treasure hunt with local merchants. New this year, high school and college students will be serenading shoppers throughout the celebration as well. Add a stop at a local coffee shop or restaurant to round out an afternoon of Christmas cheer.

Nov. 23 - Dec. 22 Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m., Fairhaven Village Inn Fairhavenwinterfest.com

Mount Baker Ski Area

Santa on the snowmobile

If you’re looking for a true winter wonderland for your Santa pic, photos at the Mount Baker Ski Area are about as close to the North Pole as you can get in Whatcom County. Real snow-covered trees and mountains are the backdrop for these photos. And because it’s so close to home for Santa, he uses his trusty snowmobile and gives the reindeer a day off.

“We always tell my son that Mount Baker is Santa's last stop to hear what people want for Christmas before he heads back up to the North Pole on his snowmobile to get it all ready before Christmas Eve,” says Kristen Donahue, whose family has make Santa photos on the mountain an annual tradition.  “Last year Logan told Santa we could go up with him and visit the elves as we have our own snowmobiles!”

Check the ski area’s website, mtbaker.us/events, to get details on exact times, location and pricing. Photos are cash only, and proceeds benefit the Mount Baker Snow School.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. t0 2 p.m. mtbaker.us/events


Kids with Santa at Yeager's Sporting Goods in Bellingham

A Bellingham classic! Yeager’s Toyland in the basement of the outdoor goods store has been the place families go to give Santa their wish list for years. It’s also a great place to scope out some of your classic favorite toys such as Lincoln Logs and Barbie. It is also a great spot for Santa to fulfill his all the requests on his list – from toys to fishing poles to kitchen goods.

Afternoons, Nov. 23 to Dec. 24 yeagerssportinggoods.com

Bellewood Acres

Santa will be at Bellewood Acres' Holiday Festival the first three weekends of December. Remember to bring your camera to capture the perfect moment.

Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23

noon - 4 p.m.


Bellis Fair Mall

Bellis Fair is a winter wonderland at Christmastime, making a visit with Santa at his workshop all the more magical. With online scheduling, you can skip waiting in the lines to see Santa – which is a huge benefit when visiting Santa at the mall as the wait times can be prohibitive with little ones.

Nov. 17 - Dec. 24 Monday - Saturday: Noon - 8 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m. www.bellisfair.com

Click here for a larger list of Holiday Events in Whatcom County.

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