Winter Activities

Visiting Bellingham and Whatcom County in the winter is definitely worth the trip.

Head up to Mount Baker to experience all of your favorite snowsports including skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 

Stop by downtown Bellingham and Historic Fairhaven for shopping or visit the theatres, museums and galleries.

Enjoy playing in our epic amounts of snow! Whooshing down slopes or navigating the back-country in quiet solitude, Mt. Baker provides ample opportunities for winter snow sports.   

Here are examples of the annual events that take place in Whatcom County during the winter season:

Enjoy favorite holiday melodies at the Bellingham SymphonyListen to traditional carols and enjoy special surprises including a delightful appearance by two very jolly visitors from the North Pole.

Get into the holiday spirit with the many Christmas events in Whatcom County! Historic Fairhaven is a great spot for Christmas shopping, carriage rides, lights and much more! You wouldn’t want to miss the Annual Holiday Port Festival or the Ferndale’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebrations. We even have a parade in the winter, the Lynden Lighted Parade, it is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. 

Dip into the New Year with the Resolution Walk/Run & Padden Polar Dip, a brisk walk or run around Lake Padden with a dip in the lake to start a new year.

Check out the Birch Bay Polar Bear Swim which features hundreds of shivering brave souls plunging into the icy waters of Birch Bay.

If your plan is to spend some time at Baker, you may want to watch or participate in the Legendary Banked Slalom races, an extreme snowboarding contest held annually since 1985 at Mount Baker.

The Bite of Blaine is an annual event that is sure to please your taste buds with local restaurants and area food confectioners from Blaine and Birch Bay serving up tasty samples.

        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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