Holiday Port

Activities & Events

The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held the weekend of December 2, 3, and 4, 2016 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The festival is open to the public Friday from noon - 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This is the Port’s signature event for the community and includes:
  • Performances by local choirs, bands, and dancers Friday through Sunday, see performance times below.
  • Gingerbread house display, Friday through Sunday, see event hours above for times.
  • Free cookies and hot apple cider Friday through Sunday, see event hours above for times.
  • Non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank.
  • Alaska Ferry Tours
    • If you've ever wondered what it would be like to take the Ferry up to Alaska, this is your chance to step aboard and get an inside look at one of the AMHS ferries that departs Bellingham each week. Tour the observation lounges and theater; get a look inside a couple of different cabin types; walk up to the heated solarium where the heartier camp out for the journey north; and be sure to sign up at the Purser's desk to take a tour of the bridge.
    • While you meander through the ship, enjoy cookies prepared by the onboard chefs. If you would like a bit more to eat, purchase lunch in the café; choose from a variety of options including expertly prepared Alaska seafood dishes. Take home some ferry memorabilia.
  • Alaska Ferry Tours
    • Friday 11am-5pm
  • Visit with Santa (optional professional photos available)
    • Friday 4pm-8pm
    • Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
  • Horse-Drawn and Tractor Wagon Rides
    • Sat. 11am-2pm
    • Sun. 1pm-4pm
  • Kids Art Activities
    • Sat. 12pm-5pm
    • Sun. 12pm-5pm
  • Winter Princesses
    • Friday 4pm-7pm
    • Sat. 1pm-4pm
    • Sun. 1pm-3pm
  1. Gingerbread House Contest
  2. Performances
  3. Sponsorships
The gingerbread house contest is free and open to bakers of all abilities and ages.  . It is open to any age, and any group size,  Our optional themed category is NW ADVENTURE! You may choose to enter the theme category instead of one of the other categories. Don't want to follow the theme? You don't have to. Just pick from one of the other categories. Many adults and children make a tradition out of entering the contest, and ribbons are awarded for the top three in each category.
      *  Business / nonprofit                                    *  Professional baker / caterer                                *  Youth grades K-3
      *  Family                                                         *  Senior citizen (65 years and older)                     *  Youth grades 4-8
      *  Individual adult                                            *  Youth five years and under                                 *  Youth grades 9-12
Key gingerbread house contest dates:
      *  Entry Form Deadline:                                  *  Edible Structures Delivery Date:                  *  Display Dates:
           Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016                                     Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016                          Friday - Sunday Dec2-4, 2016
Many of the gingerbread house contest entries are donated to a silent auction that runs throughout the three-day festival.  The event also includes a food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank.

Go to the Gingerbread Contest Page.