As a Western Washington University student, it may be your first-holiday break away from home. The holiday season will look different this year, but you can still spend it exploring Bellingham and supporting the incredible local restaurant and shops we have in Whatcom County.
Due to COVID-19, please check with any activity or venue directly via their contact information before attending. Guidelines are also updated on our Travel Advisory page.
The holidays are different this year, but if you’re in Bellingham and Whatcom County you’ll find lots of fun, safe activities to celebrate the season. Most holiday happenings have been shifted to be outdoors to allow for a safe experience. Masks are required.
Start in Historic Fairhaven District and enjoy holiday window displays! Stroll the Village, visit the shops, maybe discover new ones and vote for your winning Winterfest window.
You can also head to Downtown Bellingham for their Snowflake Scavenger Hunt. Explore downtown and look for snowflakes in all the holiday windows. Take a selfie with each snowflake, submit your photos, and be entered to win the festive holiday raffle full of gift cards, prizes, and holiday surprises!
Want more ideas on things to do? From coffee shops and crowd-free hikes to local art and the Modified Bellingham Farmer’s Market, we have a blog on it. Visit our blog page for the inside scoop on exploring Whatcom County.
Insider Tip: The South Bay Trail starts in Historic Fairhaven District, continues along Taylor Dock and the Bellingham Bay waterfront, and ends in Downtown Bellingham.
For a full list of Holiday Happenings in Whatcom County, check out our 2020 Holiday blog!
If there’s a whisk, there’s a way! We have put together a list of restaurants and breweries offering to-go and curbside pickup to help bring our local flavors right to you. Whatcom County is home to incredible local restaurants and no matter what you’re in the mood for, you will find it here.
There’s nothing like the winter drive up the Mount Baker Highway. It’s full of breathtaking views and hikes like Mount Shuksan and Picture Lake, which are considered two of the most photogenic spots in Whatcom County.
Insider Tip: Visit our hiking page for more information on getting outside!
A few more miles up the road, Artist Point marks the end of the highway. From this mile-high parking lot, you’ll find views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and Table Mountain. During winter, you can also snowshoe to Artist Point!
The Mt. Baker Ski Area is known for its legendary powder and for having the most snow and longest ski season.