Holiday Port

Activities & Events

The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held the weekend of December 6, 7, and 8, 2019 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 one of the Port’s signature events 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.


  • Visit with Santa
    • Friday 4pm-8pm
    • Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
  • Free Horse-Drawn and Tractor Wagon Rides
    • Sat. 11am-2pm
    • Sun. 1pm-4pm
  • Free Kids Art Activities
    • Sat. 11am-5pm
    • Sun. 11am-5pm
  • Visit with Winter Princesses and Characters
    • Sat. noon-3pm
    • Sun. noon-3pm
  • Free Holiday Photo Booth 
    • Sat. 11-5pm
    • Sun. 11-5pm


  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 "Movies"! 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
      *  Adult                                                            *  Youth five years and under                                 *  Youth grades 9-12
Key gingerbread house contest dates:
      *  Entry Form Deadline:                                  *  Edible Structures Delivery Date:                  *  Display Dates:
             Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019                                     Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019                   Friday - Sunday Dec 6-8, 2019
Many of the gingerbread house contest entries are donated to a silent auction that runs throughout the three-day festival.  

Go to the Gingerbread Contest Page.