Activities & Events 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. - 5:30 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.
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"
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.
Event sponsorship opportunities are available! Reach up to 5,500 people with a Holiday Port sponsorship, a great way to get in touch with local consumers and give your company valuable public exposure. We have multiple sponsorship levels and can work with your company to provide quality exposure to your company at a reasonable rate.