Remember all those holiday gifts you were going to knit, sew, make or build? Are you running out of time? Fear not–you can still have a homemade holiday! Thanks to the many talented artists, craftspeople and food makers in Whatcom County, you don’t need time or talent to give gifts made by hand and from the heart.
Whatcom County Holiday arts markets are already buzzing with the sights, sounds and smell of the season, so get your list together and head out to one or more of these special events that will put you right in the holiday mood. Buy local, give back and enjoy the fruits of our artisans’ labor.
Bellingham Holiday Arts Markets
November 20 – December 24
One of Bellingham’s longest-running and most popular holiday art markets is the Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts. This year it runs seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and features 100+ local artisans. The market moves around as space is available, but this year you’ll find it in exactly the same location as last year, in the Cordata area, next to the Burlington store. Here you’ll find funky, fun, beautiful and affordable goods such as jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods and art.
Enjoy happy hour as you peruse the goods, On Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. musicians will perform for your listening pleasure.
Festival weekends are always great for families, with live music, artist demos and workshops, and free family art projects.
4145 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA Closed on Thanksgiving, open Christmas Eve until 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29
Bellingham’s Alley District presents Art on Tap. This is the third year for this unique showcase of art, music, performance and fire. Plan a fun day and evening for your Thanksgiving company, roaming the Alley District, visiting the merchants and artists, listening to live music and enjoying performance art. When the sun goes down, the bonfires startup to keep everyone toasty warm. And there’s a beer garden!
Located in the courtyard just off of the bike path on the corner of E. Laurel St and N. State St behind Ability Art Studio. The event is open Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5
Make.Shift, 306 Flora St., Bellingham, WA. Friday 6:00-10:00 p.m., and Saturday noon-6:00 p.m.
Local, handmade crafts, plus Black Drop Coffeehouse will be pouring hot beverages, including coffee, hot tea and cider, as well as hot winter cocktail options.
Saturday, December 5
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Holiday Faire, 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham WA 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6
Christmas Bazaar at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Drive
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 5;00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12
Whatcom Hills Waldorf School Holiday Faire 941 Austin St., Bellingham, WA 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Each activity costs from $1 to $3. Free parking at The Firs at 4605 Cable St. A free shuttle brings people to and from the school.
Friday, December 18
The 19th annual Pacific Arts Market features more than 30 artists, offering unique jewelry, pottery, woodwork, textiles, fiber art, bath & body products, book & paper art, leather, 3-D art, clothing, accessories, holiday ornaments, paintings, photography and specialty foods. Live music, too. Sunset Square Shopping Center, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham WA 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ferndale Holiday Arts Market
Saturday, November 28
Pioneer Meadows Montessori Holiday Market Is a community event featuring 20 amazingly creative local artists selling top quality handmade crafts for all ages, including clothing, jewelry, knitting, face painting, woodworking and baked goods. Food vendors, raffles, live music and performances and more! Free and open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2377 Douglas Road, Ferndale
Lynden Holiday Arts Market
Saturday, December 5
Maple Falls Holiday Arts Market
Saturday, December 5
Winter Carnival Arts & Crafts Fair 1:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, WA
Blaine Holiday Arts Markets
Friday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 5, Sunday, Dec. 6
Holiday Craft Sale and New Toy Drive, at American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive, Blaine, WA.
Friday 4:00 – 9:00, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Please bring new and unwrapped toys to the Legion at any time during the event.
Friday, Dec 4 and Saturday, Dec 5
Art and Gift Market Holiday Art & Gift Market at 674 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine, WA,
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 4 and Sunday, Dec 5
Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St., Blaine, WA. Visit with Santa 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Tree lighting Saturday at 4:30 during the Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights
Lummi Island Holiday Art Market
Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5
Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.