Holiday Port

Activities & Events

The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held the the first weekend of December at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The 2023 Holiday Port Festival will be Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd.

Holiday Port Gingerbread Contest Signups

This is one of the Port’s signature events for the community and includes:

  • Live performances
  • Gingerbread House Display
  • Visits and Photos with Santa Claus
  • Much More Info coming soon!


  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Music & Dance Performances 

Event Contact - Stephanie Wiley, Community Outreach Manager

  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 "ANIMAL KINGDOM"! 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 22, 2023                                 Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023                   Saturday, Dec. 2 - Sunday, Dec. 3

Go to the Gingerbread Contest Page.