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The Port of Bellingham is celebrating another year of Holiday Port at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on December 6-8 with performances by over 30 local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups with over 700 musicians and dancers. The festival includes visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse and wagon rides and free photos with winter princesses. Thanks to generous donations by Haggen and BP all activities are free. Streat Food café will be open with food for purchase and Sugar and Spice food truck will have sweet treats for purchase.
One of the most beloved aspects of the event is the annual gingerbread contest, with all entries on display at the festival. It’s not too late to enter – the deadline to turn in an entry form is Nov. 27th. Entries don’t have to be made out of gingerbread – just visibly edible. That means graham cracker walls, fences made of pretzel sticks, and other creative uses of food are acceptable – and encouraged! A complete list of contest dates and deadlines are listed below. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three in each category.
The contest is free, and open to bakers of all ages and abilities. Many entrants choose to enter their edible structures in a silent auction that will benefit a local charity. The contest has an optional themed category, “Movies” for a total of 10 divisions. More information and a link to the online entry form can be found at: www.portofbellingham.com/holidayport
29th Annual Gingerbread Contest Dates and Deadlines:Deadline to Turn in Entry Form: Wednesday, Nov. 27thDate to Deliver Your Edible Structure: Wednesday, Dec 4thAll Entries are on Display at Holiday Port Friday-Sunday Dec. 6-8
29th Annual Holiday Port Festival Dates and Times:Friday Dec. 6: Noon – 8 p.m.Saturday Dec. 7: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.Sunday Dec. 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Holiday Port Festival Schedule:
Friday, Dec. 6
12:00 - 8:00pm Music & Dance Performances, Gingerbread House Display, Gingerbread Silent Auction free cider and cookies donated by Haggen
4:00 - 8:00pm Visit/photos (free for download) with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Performance Schedule TBD check website and FB event page
Saturday, Dec. 7
11:00am – 5:00pm Music & Dance Performances, Gingerbread House Display, free cider and cookies donated by Haggen11:00am - 2:00pm Tractor/Wagon Rides with Cramer Classics Wagon Rides11:00pm - 5:00pm Kids Art Activities with Allied Arts of Whatcom County
12:00pm – 4:00pm Elsa visits!1:00pm - 5:00pm Visit and photos (free for download) with Santa & Mrs. Claus5:30 - 6:20pm* Lighted boat parade put on by the Bellingham Yacht Club. The boat parade route goes from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. *Times listed here are estimates only. Boats will leave Squalicum Harbor at 5pm. Bad weather will cancel the boat parade.
Sunday, Dec. 8
11:00am - 5:00pm Music & Dance Performances, Gingerbread House Display, free cider and cookies donated by Haggen11:00am - 2:00pm Gingerbread Silent Auction
1:00pm - 4:00pm Horse-drawn Wagon Rides with Cramer Classics Wagon Rides11:00pm - 5:00pm Kids Art Activities with Allied Arts of Whatcom County
11:00pm – 4:00pm Visits with Winter Princesses (Belle and Cinderella)1:00pm - 5:00pm Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus2:00pm Gingerbread House Silent Auction Closes. Winners will be called using the phone number provided on the auction sheet. Gingerbread winners may pick up houses Sunday from 3-4pm and Monday, Dec. 9, 8am-5pm. Port staff will be on site to coordinate payment and pick up. If your gingerbread creation is NOT in the silent auction, you may pick it up any time after 4:00pm on Sunday. All houses not picked up by 5:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 10 will be discarded or donated.