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November 1, 2021

Christina Claassen, Marketing & PR Manager
Whatcom Museum
(360) 778-8936

Decorated Trees and Holiday Art Activities Return to the Whatcom Museum’s Deck the Old City Hall

After missing out on last year’s holiday festivities due to the pandemic, the Whatcom Museum is thrilled to offer its beloved Deck the Old City Hall to the community. This holiday celebration features more than a dozen themed, decorated trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall, as well as weekly art activities to bring creativity to the holiday fun. Visitors can see the trees Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2, 2022, noon-5:00 p.m.

“We at the Whatcom Museum are especially excited this year to be able to bring back our Deck the Old City Hall holiday decorations and free admission for all in our beloved 1892 Old City Hall building,” said executive director Patricia Leach. “We will continue to practice COVID-19 safety protocols as we once again welcome you back to this program!"

The themed holiday trees will be decorated by community volunteers and Old City Hall will be decorated in garlands and wreaths. Visitors are also invited to visit on Saturdays in December for a drop-in holiday activity. Led by a museum educator, supplies will be provided, and participation is by donation. Visitors can take a family portrait with props at a photo booth on Dec. 4, create origami trees on Dec. 11, or make a paper wreath on Dec. 18. All activities are drop-in from noon-4:00 p.m. and suitable for all ages.

“After missing the festivities last year, being able to welcome our community back for Deck Old City Hall fills me with holiday cheer,” said education manager Drew Whatley. “It’s twice as exciting that we can continue our free Saturday drop-in programs to help spread that cheer to anyone who comes by.”

Admission to Deck the Old City Hall is by donation, including holiday craft activities. Proceeds help support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

About the Whatcom Museum
The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, tours and activities about art, nature and Northwest history for all ages. The Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora St., and Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., are open Thurs.-Sun., noon-5:00 p.m. For more information about exhibitions and admission visit,  

        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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