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. Due to COVID-19, this year's festival will be scaled down and activities adjusted to allow for a safe and festive celebration. This is one of the Port’s signature events for the community and includes:
  • Holiday Port Quest Saturday December 4th from 2pm to 6pm - at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, you will have the opportunity to find a fun and festive treasure hidden in and around the building. This quest may  possibly include a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus! 
  • Gingerbread house display online - All of the incredible entries for the competition will be shared through the Port website, as well as our social media pages, and the People's Choice award voting will be done through an online poll! 
  • Lighted Boat Parade Viewing - Saturday, December 4th, we will have food trucks and holiday music outside of the Bellingham Cruise Terminal during the Bellingham Yacht Club's Lighted Boat Parade! Come down to the water, see the beautiful snow globe and view Santa's workshop through the domed windows of the Cruise Terminal as you watch the parade float by!


  • Viewing Santa's Workshop
    • Friday & Saturday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Holiday Port Quest
    • Sat. 2:00 - 6:00 pm 
  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 "HOLIDAY CABIN"! 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 24, 2021                                 Monday, Nov. 29, 2021                  Online, Starting December 3, 2021

Go to the Gingerbread Contest Page.