The Whatcom Museum is excited to offer its seventh-annual Deck the Old City Hall festivities in downtown Bellingham, featuring new weekly art activities to bring creativity to the holiday celebration. Visitors can see more than a dozen themed, decorated holiday trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall Wednesdays through Sundays from November 29 to December 29, 2019.
The themed holiday trees will be decorated by community volunteers and Old City Hall will be decked out in garlands and wreaths. In addition to the festive decor, the month-long program will feature visits with Santa and a signature cocktail party to kick-off the holidays. This year’s cocktail party on Friday, Dec. 6 will feature wine, appetizers, and a live performance by the Thomas Harris Sextet.
Visitors of all ages are also invited to visit Old City Hall each Saturday in December for a drop-in holiday activity. Led by a museum educator, supplies will be provided, and participants can make paper ornaments, sock snowmen and New Year’s noise makers.
Admission to Deck the Old City Hall is by donation, including visits with Santa and holiday craft activities. Proceeds help support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs throughout the year. Deck the Old City Hall is supported by the Whatcom Museum Advocates and the Whatcom Museum Foundation Board of Trustees.
SANTA: Saturday, Nov. 30 & Sunday, Dec. 1, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Bring your wish list, holiday cheer, and camera. Santa will be checking to see who’s been naughty or nice this year! Photo opportunities are self-serve using individual cameras/phones and admission is by donation.
COCKTAIL PARTY: Celebrate at our signature cocktail party, sponsored by Lori & Scott Clough, on Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy tasty appetizers and drinks, dancing, and new this year—live music by the Thomas Harris Sextet! Tickets are $35 and will be available online beginning Nov. 1 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4426670. This is a 21 and over event.
HANDMADE HOLIDAY: Join us for Saturday afternoon crafting in December and create unique projects to take home. Make a paper ornament on Dec. 7, a sock snowman on Dec. 14, German paper Scherenschnitte on Dec. 21 and New Year’s noise makers on Dec. 28. All activities are drop-in from noon-4 p.m. and suitable for all ages. Activities and admission to Old City Hall are by donation.