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.
There will also be a food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank, so bring non-perishable food items to help fight hunger.
ALL ABOARD! Tour the Alaska Ferry - MV Malaspina during the Holiday Port Festival The Alaska Marine Highway is bringing a little bit of Alaska to Bellingham during the Holiday Port Festival. On Friday, December 5 from 12:00pm until 5:00pm, take a tour of the MV Malaspina, the ferry that launched the expansion of the system that now includes over 30 Alaska communities.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take the ferry to Alaska, this is your chance to step aboard and get an inside look at one of the AMHS ferries that depart Bellingham each week. Tour the observation lounges and theatre; 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 and activities for the kids.
Whether you’ve traveled to Alaska before or just want to get a taste of what it’s like onboard, visit us at the Port of Bellingham for this special holiday event. If you are not able to take a tour of the MV Malaspina on Friday but would like some information, a representative from the ferry system will be in the terminal all weekend to answer questions about traveling to Alaska and the port communities you can visit along the way.
FREE! - Be sure to bring photo ID to tour the ship.
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.