Holiday Port

Activities & Events
The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held the weekend of December 5, 6, and 7, 2014 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The festival is open to the public Friday from noon - 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5:30 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 event hours above for times.
  • 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.
  • Visit with Santa and Mrs Claus, with the option to purchase photos from Turner Photographics,
    Friday 4-8p.m., Saturday 1-5p.m., Sunday 1-5p.m.
  • Fire truck rides - Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides - Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
There will also be a food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank, so bring non-perishable food items to help fight hunger. 
2013 Peoples Choice
Dance Performers
Santa Chair
  1. Gingerbread House Contest
The gingerbread house contest is free and open to bakers of all abilities and ages. Our optional themed category is "Landmarks" and anyone, of any age, and any group size, 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
                                                                             *  Theme "Landmarks"

Key ginger bread house contest dates:
      *  Entry Form Deadline:                                  *  Edible Structure Delivery Date:                  *  Display Dates:
         Monday, Dec. 1, 2014                                     Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014                             Friday - Sunday Dec. 5-7, 2014

Many of the gingerbread house contest entries are donated to a silent auction that runs throughout the three-day festival. Proceeds benefit our local Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross. The event also includes a food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank.

Go to the Gingerbread Contest Page.
  1. Performances
  1. Sponsorships