Holiday Port

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The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held the weekend of December 4, 5, and 6, 2015 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.
  • Visit and take photos with Santa
    • Friday 4pm-8pm
    • Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
  • Horse-Drawn 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-4pm
  1. Gingerbread House Contest
  2. Performances
  3. Sponsorships
The gingerbread house contest is free and open to bakers of all abilities and ages. Our optional themed category will be "Home Sweet Home" . It is open to any age, and any group size,  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 Structure Delivery Date:                  *  Display Dates:
           Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015                                     Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015                             Friday - Sunday Dec. 4-6, 2015

Many of the gingerbread house contest entries are donated to a silent auction that runs throughout the three-day festival. Proceeds benefit our local Home Port Learning Center. The event also includes a food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank.

Go to the Gingerbread Contest Page.