Week of November 27, 2016

Sunday, November 27 14 events
  • 5:00pm Santa Train 
    The Forest of Imagination changes into a magical wonderland full of more than one million lights brightly twinkling in the night at "Santa Train" excursions from 5-9pm Friday through Sunday at Blaine's Miniature Fun Center, 4620 Birch Bay Lynden Rd. At the end of the 20-minute ride, Santa will be waiting—so bring your camera along for photo-ops. Entry is $10-$14 and includes hot chocolate and a candy cane. The event happens at various dates through Dec. 23.
    Miniature Fun Center :: http://www.miniatureworld.org
  • 12:00pm Santa at Yeager's 
    For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays starting the day after Thanksgiving at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens from 12-5pm this Saturday and Sunday; 4-6pm weekdays from Nov. 28-Dec. 9; 12-7pm weekdays from Dec. 12-23; 12-6pm Saturdays; and 12-5pm Sundays.
  • 10:00am Sleighbells Ring 
    Attend "Sleighbells Ring" events every weekend through December at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Fresh-cut trees and wreaths, ornament and cookie crafting, bonfires, distillery and cafe tasting, live music, caroling and more will be part of the festive fun. On Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, there will also be sleigh rides, visits with Santa and more.
    Bellewood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 11:00am Women's Work International Market 
    Check out handmade gifts from women's cooperatives around the world and local artisans at a Women's Work International Market happening from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Women's Work helps women and children worldwide by supporting women's economic independence, preserving traditional arts, and raising awareness of issues impacting women and children.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: (360) 424-5854 or http://www.womensworkinternational.com
  • 7:30pm The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 
    Find out what happens when church volunteers, struggling to present a Christmas pageant, are faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history, when The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens this weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to see the comedy are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Dec. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Beauty and the Beast 
    A cast and crew of more than 60 students presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Tickets to see the timeless tale of understanding, love and growth are $5-$10.
  • 7:00pm The Nutcracker 
    Harper & I kicks off The Nutcracker season with showings of the classic dance at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. This unique rendition of the traditional story will feature ballet, hip-hop, contemporary dance and more, and will feature dancers ages 3 and up. Tickets are $18.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Irving Berlin's White Christmas 
    Transport yourself to a lodge in Vermont when Irving Berlin's White Christmas opens this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the newly renovated Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the song-and-dance spectacular set during World War II are $12-$14. See the Broadway hit through Dec. 11.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm The Happy Elf 
    A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. can be seen at performances of The Happy Elf at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The story focuses on Eubie, a happy elf who longs to be part of Santa's sleigh team instead of being stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Tickets are $8-$12. Additional performances happen through Dec. 11.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: ww.clairevgtheatre.com
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Story 
    The Theater Arts Guild's rendition of A Christmas Story: The Musical, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Saturday and 1:30pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Tickets are $12-$24; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Messiah Sing-Along 
    All are welcome at the 26th annual "Messiah" Sing-Along taking place from 2:30-4pm at Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Music will be provided, or you can bring your own score. An orchestra will accompany singers. Entry is free; items for the Bellingham Food Bank are welcomed.
    Garden Street United Methodist Church :: http://www.gardenstreetumc.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm North Cascades Concert Band 
    "Listener's Choice" will be the theme of a North Cascades Concert Band performance at 3pm at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall. The lineup is the result of choices audiences made at NCCB's spring concert, and include pieces by Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Glen Miller, John Phillip Sousa, as well as songs of the holiday season. Admission is by donation.
    Brodniak Hall :: http://www.nccband.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    The Lavon Hardison Quintet will perform at the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" concert from 4-6:30pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Admission is $10-$16.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.jazzproject.org
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Monday, November 28 6 events
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Teen Book Talk 
    Students in grades 6-12 are invited to a "Teens Make Monday Matter: Book Talk" gathering at 4pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Bring the current book you are reading and share with us what you liked or what you didn’t like—and leave with ideas for your next great read.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Yoga for Outdoor Fitness 
    Anna Waham leads a "Yoga for Outdoor Fitness" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th S. The class will provide you with an introduction to basic yoga exercises and poses, along with information on how to take yoga to the next level through insights into how you can incorporate yoga into your outdoor fitness routine. Register in advance; entry is free.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Holiday Tips 
    Discover easy ways to keep the magic in the season without going crazy at a "Tips to Avoid Holiday Overwhelm" workshop at 7pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street. Entry is $5. Additional events happen Dec. 3 at Ferndale's Flow Motion Studio, and Dec. 5 at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
    Center for Spiritual Living :: (360) 778-1170
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience at a monthly Open Mic helmed by local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Poetrynight 
    hose looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.poetrynight.org
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, November 29 6 events
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Peak to Pint 
    A "Peak to Pint" event for Washington Wild takes place from 4-8pm at Wander Brewing, 1807 Dean Ave. As part of "Giving Tuesday," Wander will donate $1 for each beer purchased during this time to help protect a clean and healthy watershed.
    Wander Brewing :: http://www.wawild.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Waxing Basics 
    Base preparation, structure and minor repair will be covered at a "Ski/Snowboard Waxing Basics" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register in advance for the free primer. You do not need to bring your personal skis or snowboard to this class.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Good Food, Good Wine 
    Robert Fong and Vic Hubbard, the Co-op’s Downtown store wine manager, present "Good Food, Good Wine" from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. During the feast, don’t forget to ask Vic about the ins and outs of wine pairing. Entry is $75.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Holiday Countdown Concert 
    Listen to seasonal music featuring the Skagit Community Band and the Skagit Valley College Choirs at a "Holiday Countdown" concert at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $5-$15.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
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Wednesday, November 30 11 events
  • 12:00pm Santa in Town 
    For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens from 12-7pm weekdays through Dec. 9; 12-7pm weekdays from Dec. 12-23; 12-6pm Saturdays; and 12-5pm Sundays.
  • 7:30pm Peter and the Starcatcher 
    A dozen actors will portray more than 100 unforgettable characters when Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatcher shows this week at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. The musical upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan came to be Peter Pan. Tickets are $12-$17.
  • 8:00am Washington Small Fruit Conference 
    Sign up in advance for the annual Washington Small Fruit Conference taking place Wednesday through Friday at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The event is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show—a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. Entry prices vary.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
  • 9:30am Sewapalooza 
    Participants can learn sewing, quilting and embroidery techniques and tricks from BERNINA team member Sandra Swick at "Sewpalooza" from 9:30am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday in Mount Vernon's Quality Sewing and Vacuum, 426 E. College Way. The cost is $129 for both days and includes a project kit, a goodie bag and lunch. Registration is required.
    Quality Sewing and Vacuum :: (360) 336-3127 or http://www.qualitysewing.com
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    The annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues from 12-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Visitors can view more than 20 decorated trees, peruse goods at a pop-up shop and more—including a visit with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm on Sunday. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hal :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm Book Enthusiasts Book Club 
    Share what you’re reading and gain ideas for your next read at a Book Enthusiasts Book Club meeting at 12:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Don't worry if you don't have a book to share, as library staff will always have a few tomes to talk about. Feel free to bring you lunch.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Holiday Planning with Chef Bruno 
    Chef Bruno Feldeisen leads a "Holiday Planning: Duck & Foie Gras" cooking class from 5:30-7:30pm at the Pierside Kitchen at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $79 and includes a glass of wine, a Semiahmoo apron and recipe cards. Please register in advance, as space is limited.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: (360) 318-2028 or http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm WJMAC Concert 
    The Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center continues a new season of performances with a 7pm concert by the Spike Wilner Trio at 7pm at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Entry is $10-$20.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Beard Competition 
    In honor of No Shave November, attend a "Best Beard in Bellingham" competition at 7pm at Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St. A panel of judges will review the final beards on the last day of November. Winners will be crowned at Aslan tonight, and contestants must be present to win. Come enjoy a pint and show off your month-long (or longer) beard. All winners will receive a prize.
    Aslan Brewing Co. :: http://www.aslanbrewing.com
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Thursday, December 1 17 events
  • All Day Santa in Town 
    For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens from 12-7pm weekdays through Dec. 9; 12-7pm weekdays from Dec. 12-23; 12-6pm Saturdays; and 12-5pm Sundays.
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 37th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 5:00pm The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Tickets are $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 8-11, 20-23 and 26-28.
    Warm Beach Camp :: http://www.warmbeachlights.com
  • 7:30pm The Happy Elf 
    A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. can be seen at performances of The Happy Elf at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The story focuses on Eubie, a happy elf who longs to be part of Santa's sleigh team instead of being stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Tickets are $8-$12. Additional performances happen through Dec. 11.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Story 
    The Theater Arts Guild's rendition of A Christmas Story: The Musical, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 1:30pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Tickets are $12-$24; additional performances happen Dec. 7-10.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm Irving Berlin's White Christmas 
    Transport yourself to a lodge in Vermont when Irving Berlin's White Christmas continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the newly renovated Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the song-and-dance spectacular set during World War II are $12-$14. See the Broadway hit through Dec. 11.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Peter and the Starcatcher 
    A dozen actors will portray more than 100 unforgettable characters when Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatcher shows this week at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. The musical upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan came to be Peter Pan. Tickets are $12-$17.
  • 7:30pm The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 
    Find out what happens when church volunteers, struggling to present a Christmas pageant, are faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history, when The Best Christmas Pageant Ever continues this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to see the comedy are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Dec. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Washington Small Fruit Conference 
    Sign up in advance for the annual Washington Small Fruit Conference taking place Wednesday through Friday at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The event is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show—a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. Entry prices vary.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
  • 9:30am Sewapalooza 
    Participants can learn sewing, quilting and embroidery techniques and tricks from BERNINA team member Sandra Swick at "Sewpalooza" from 9:30am-5pm Wednesday and Thursday in Mount Vernon's Quality Sewing and Vacuum, 426 E. College Way. The cost is $129 for both days and includes a project kit, a goodie bag and lunch. Registration is required.
    Quality Sewing and Vacuum :: (360) 336-3127 or http://www.qualitysewing.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Parks Award 
    The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation will honor lifelong conservationist Lisa Friend with its 2016 William Dittrich Award at an annual Holiday Mixer taking place from 5:30-8:30pm at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. The event celebrates Friends' volunteer service and advocacy to parks, trails and environmental causes around Whatcom County.
    Roeder Home :: 389-3803 or http://www.wpfoundation.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Holiday Card Making 
    Deirdre Czoberek leads a "Holiday Card Making" workshop focusing on in-block printing at 6pm at Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Entry is free; registration is required.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: (360) 336-6209
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Holiday Gala 
    Peruse "Skagit Christmas," enjoy delicious food and discover how you can lend your support at the "At the Top of the Hill" Holiday Gala taking place from 6-8pm at La Conner's Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. 4th St. RSVP at the number listed below.
    Skagit County Historical Museum :: (360) 466-3365
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Explorations Fundraiser 
    Attend an evening of celebration and fundraising for Explorations Academy’s 17th annual International Expedition to Mesoamerica from 6-7:30pm at the academy's headquarters at 1701 Ellis St. Entry is $35 and includes food, music, a program and a special announcement.
    Explorations Academy :: http://www.explorationsacademy.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Full Moon Over Noah's Ark 
    Acclaimed travel writer Rick Antonson reads from Full Moon Over Noah's Ark at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome chronicles Rick’s ascent of the fabled Mt. Ararat in Eastern Turkey and his independent travels to some of the most dangerous territory in the Middle East, including Iran, and Iraq.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm All About Raptors 
    Falcon Research Group founder Bud Anderson leads a "Raptors in Our Lives and How to Find Them" presentation from 7-9pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The free presentation will focus on raptors found in the Pacific Northwest and will include identifying birds of prey and how to find them, their migratory patterns and their role in our ecosystem.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Nooksack Nordic Ski Club Meeting 
    All are welcome at a Nooksack Nordic Ski Club meeting at 7:30pm at the Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. SnoPark permits will be available, and there will be an update on recent trail maintenance at the Salmon Ridge Snow Park and upcoming ski trips. Volunteers will also be present to hot-wax your cross-country skis.
    Garden Street Methodist Church :: http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
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Friday, December 2 40 events
  • All Day Santa in Town 
    For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens from 12-7pm weekdays through Dec. 9; 12-7pm weekdays from Dec. 12-23; 12-6pm Saturdays; and 12-5pm Sundays.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 37th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 7:30pm Carols of the World 
    The Cantabile Chamber Choir of Skagit Valley presents "Peace on Earth: Carols of the World" concerts at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes United Methodist (2201 H Ave.); 7:30pm Saturday at the Camano Center (606 Arrowhead Rd.); and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's St. Paul's Episcopal Church ( 415 S 18th St.). Tickets for the shows are $8 for students and $15 general. The ensemble that highlights classical music that has withstood the test of time will also perform at a free concert at 6:30pm Monday at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St.
    Anacortes United Methodist :: http://www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org
  • All Day The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Tickets are $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 8-11, 20-23 and 26-28.
    Warm Beach Camp :: http://www.warmbeachlights.com
  • 5:00pm Santa Train 
    The Forest of Imagination changes into a magical wonderland full of more than one million lights brightly twinkling in the night at "Santa Train" excursions from 5-9pm Friday through Sunday at Blaine's Miniature Fun Center, 4620 Birch Bay Lynden Rd. At the end of the 20-minute ride, Santa will be waiting―so bring your camera along for photo-ops. Entry is $10-$14 and includes hot chocolate and a candy cane. The event happens at various dates through Dec. 23.
    Miniature Fun Center :: http://www.miniatureworld.org
  • 10:00am 20th annual Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen well-known local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 20th annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabric and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 9-11 and 16-18, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 7:00pm Glad Tidings Christmas Concerts 
    The Whidbey Community Chorus presents a "Glad Tidings" Christmas Concert at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St. Entry is by donation.
    First United Methodist Church :: http://www.facebook.com/whidbeycommunitychorus
  • 12:00pm Holiday Port Festival 
    Music by dozens of local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings, Alaska ferry tours and much more will be part of the Port of Bellingham's annual "Holiday Port Festival" from 12-8pm Friday, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking is free.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.portofbellingham.com
  • All Day Peter and the Starcatcher 
    A dozen actors will portray more than 100 unforgettable characters when Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatcher shows this week at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. The musical upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan came to be Peter Pan. Tickets are $12-$17.
  • 7:30pm The Nutcracker 
    The Skagit Valley Academy of Dance will present their 27th annual performance of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Viewers can experience the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s musical creation and the wonders of Clara’s magical journey through the glorious Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. Ticket prices vary.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm Pippi Longstocking 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students bring an iconic character to life when they present performances of Pippi Longstocking at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Additional performances happen Dec. 9-11.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 
    Find out what happens when church volunteers, struggling to present a Christmas pageant, are faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history, when The Best Christmas Pageant Ever continues this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to see the comedy are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Dec. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 5:00pm Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-4pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park (on Cherry Street and 2nd Avenue). Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$4.
  • All Day A Christmas Story 
    The Theater Arts Guild's rendition of A Christmas Story: The Musical, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 1:30pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Tickets are $12-$24; additional performances happen Dec. 7-10.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day The Happy Elf 
    A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. can be seen at performances of The Happy Elf at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The story focuses on Eubie, a happy elf who longs to be part of Santa's sleigh team instead of being stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Tickets are $8-$12. Additional performances happen through Dec. 11.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • All Day Irving Berlin's White Christmas 
    Transport yourself to a lodge in Vermont when Irving Berlin's White Christmas continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the newly renovated Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the song-and-dance spectacular set during World War II are $12-$14. See the Broadway hit through Dec. 11.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 8:00pm Ghosts and Games 
    Expect seasonal hilarity at improvised versions of The Christmas Carol when "My Three Ghosts" shows at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through December at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm Saturdays, stick around for "Holiday Games Galore"—a variety of short form improv games with a thematic twist. Tickets to the shows are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 8:00pm Fifth annual Aerial Showcase 
    Local performers and guests artists will share their varied talents at the Bellingham Circus Guild's fifth annual "Aerial Showcase" at 8pm Friday and 6pm and 9pm Saturday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite 102. For the show, aerialists are invited to perform an act already created and are then encouraged to refine, polish or completely retool it to suit their individual artistic expressions. Tickets are $10-$20 (Saturday's late show is 21-and-over).
  • 7:30pm A Duet of Nutcrackers 
    Dance students will perform solos and duets alongside Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band members at performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic "Nutcracker Suite" and Duke Ellington’s ingenious arrangement, "The Harlem Nutcracker," at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at WWU's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is $15 (free for students).
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm Saving Christmas Town 
    Join comical and quirky elves as they defend their city from the naughty and ominous characters of Oogie Boogie Land when the Dance Studio presents Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $15.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 6:00pm Art on Tap 
    More than 25 artists will show and sell everything from paintings to sculpture, photography, woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, holiday portraits and more at the fourth annual "Art on Tap: Holiday Art Sale" event taking place from 6-10pm Friday (during the Art Walk) and 12-7pm Saturday in the heart of the Alley District in the courtyard behind Altility Art Studio, 929 N. State St. Live music, performances and other festivities will be part of the fun.
  • 6:00pm Holiday Make.Sale 
    Local vendors both new and old will share everything from paintings to independently published comic books, photography, Bellingham flags, beauty products, clothing and much, much more at the fifth annual "Holiday Make.Sale" happening from 6-10pm Friday and 12-6pm Saturday at Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. The DIY craft bazaar will also feature works by gallery tenants.
    Make.Shift Art Space :: http://www.makeshiftproject.com
  • 6:00pm Holiday Art Walk 
    More than 20 merchants will show the work of local artists at a "Holiday Art Walk" taking place from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday in Old Town Anacortes. Patrons of the arts can peruse paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and more, listen to live music and shop for the holidays.
  • 9:00am Toys for Tots 
    Donate new, unwrapped toys, cash and more at the annual "Toys for Tots" event taking place from 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday at a distribution center at 1650 Birchwood Ave. The all-local event helps make the holiday season possible for more than 2,500 children in Whatcom County. Additional drop-offs points will be located throughout Whatcom County through Dec. 17
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    Discover the perfect gift at the Friends of the Blaine Library's Holiday Book Sale happening from 10am-6pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The event coincides with Blaine's Holiday Harbor Lights festival.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 5:00pm Festival of Lights 
    Find "unique gifts and adornments for the discriminating shopper" at the 12th annual "Festival of Lights" from 5-9pm Friday and 11am-5pm Saturday at Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art, 1415 13th St.
    Tillie Lace Gallery :: (360) 223-5352
  • 9:00am Homemade Christmas Bazaar 
    Peruse works by local artisans and stock up on candy and cookies by the pound at the 10th annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St.
    Blaine Senior Center :: http://www.blaineseniorcenter.com
  • 8:00am Washington Small Fruit Conference 
    Sign up in advance for the annual Washington Small Fruit Conference taking place Wednesday through Friday at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The event is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show—a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. Entry prices vary.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in December at the Connelly Creek Nature Are―a frequently traveled corridor for wildlife of all kinds. Suggested donation is $5.
    Connelly Creek Nature Area :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 8:30pm Holiday Dessert Contest and Reception 
    "With My Fork" and "With My Fingers" will be the categories of a Holiday Dessert Contest taking place from 10am-2pm at the Inn at Lynden, 101 5th St. Judging begins at 2pm, and winners will be announced at a Dessert Reception happening from 6:30-8:30pm at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. It's free to enter the contest; tickets for the reception are $20 and include light fare, desserts and a live auction.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm BUG Holiday Concert 
    As part of a seasonal "Music in the Library" series, listen to a variety of holiday music by the Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra from 5-6pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7217
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Holiday Tree Lighting 
    Bundle up for a Holiday Tree Lighting from 5-6pm at Ferndale's Centennial Riverwalk Park, 1985 Main St. The free event will feature visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa and cookies.
    Centennial Riverwalk Park :: http://www.ferndale-chamber.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Holiday Cocktail Party 
    Put on your dancing shoes for the Deck the Old City Hall Holiday Cocktail Party from 5:30-8:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Tickets are $50 and include tasty drinks and hors d'oeuvres, viewing of decoraqted trees, music and more.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Fishboy First Friday 
    Head out of downtown proper to peruse the works of folk artist RR Clark and check out more than 50 unique paintings priced at $100 or under from 6-10pm at FishBoy Gallery, 617 Virginia St. (near Trader Joe's).
    FishBoy Gallery :: http://www.fishboygallery.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Anacortes Tree Lighting 
    The town crier, Santa Claus, and students from local schools will be part of a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 6pm at the Anacortes Chamber, 819 Commercial Ave. After the lighting there will be free pictures with Santa and hot cocoa from the Salvation Army.
    Anacortes Chamber :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Winter Book Sale 
    Browse children’s books while you enjoy the Winter Festival in the Everson City Park at a Used Book Sale taking place from 6-7pm at the park on the corner of South Washington and Lincoln streets.
    Everson City Park :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Bellingham Art Walk 
    The Alley District, Allied Arts, Ascend Chiropractic, 3 OMS Yoga, Bayou on Bay, Boundary Bay Brewery, Buethorn Studio, the Community Food Co-op, Dakota Gallery, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Fourth Corner Frames, Honey Salon, Make.Shift Art Space, Mindport, Peter James Photograph, Spruce, Wandering Oaks, Waterfront Artist Studios, Western City Center, and Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building will be among those opening their doors for the monthly Art Walk taking place throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up maps at participating locales for a full listing of art shows.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Festival of Tiny Trees 
    Explore a winter wonderland of tiny trees, twinkling lights, music, sips, savories and sweets at a Festival of Tiny Trees from 6:30-8pm at the La Conner Regional Library, 614 Morris St. There will also be a silent auction of the 18-inch live trees. Entry is $35.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Swing Connection Christmas Concert 
    Hear the big band sounds of the Swing Connection when the ensemble hosts its annual Christmas Concert from 7-9pm at First Baptist Church, 110 Flora St. Entry to the family-friendly performance is by donation.
    First Baptist Church :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Monologue Project Readings 
    Seventh graders will read from and perform sections from their work when Joel Gillman shares the Monologue Project at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Gillman’s students are learning a variety of ways to communicate their personal experiences, thought and passions through the medium of dramatic writing.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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  • All Day Santa in Town 
    For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens from 12-7pm weekdays through Dec. 9; 12-7pm weekdays from Dec. 12-23; 12-6pm Saturdays; and 12-5pm Sundays.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 37th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Carols of the World 
    The Cantabile Chamber Choir of Skagit Valley presents "Peace on Earth: Carols of the World" concerts at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes United Methodist (2201 H Ave.); 7:30pm Saturday at the Camano Center (606 Arrowhead Rd.); and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's St. Paul's Episcopal Church ( 415 S 18th St.). Tickets for the shows are $8 for students and $15 general. The ensemble that highlights classical music that has withstood the test of time will also perform at a free concert at 6:30pm Monday at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St.
    Anacortes United Methodist :: http://www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org
  • All Day The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Tickets are $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 8-11, 20-23 and 26-28.
    Warm Beach Camp :: http://www.warmbeachlights.com
  • All Day Santa Train 
    The Forest of Imagination changes into a magical wonderland full of more than one million lights brightly twinkling in the night at "Santa Train" excursions from 5-9pm Friday through Sunday at Blaine's Miniature Fun Center, 4620 Birch Bay Lynden Rd. At the end of the 20-minute ride, Santa will be waiting―so bring your camera along for photo-ops. Entry is $10-$14 and includes hot chocolate and a candy cane. The event happens at various dates through Dec. 23.
    Miniature Fun Center :: http://www.miniatureworld.org
  • 8:00am Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend 
    Head to Downtown Mount Vernon for an "Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend" starting Saturday with "Breakfast with Santa" from 8-11am at Hillcrest Park Lodge. That day's events also feature a "Children's Shopping Extravaganza" at Hillcrest Park's Recreation Building, a free viewing of The Santa Clause at the Lincoln Theatre, and a showing of TAG's A Christmas Story at the theater on both Saturday and Sunday. The events conclude with a Christmas parade, tree lighting and visits with Santa from 5-7pm Sunday on First Street.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 8:00am Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend 
    Head to Downtown Mount Vernon for an "Old Fashioned Holiday Weekend" starting Saturday with "Breakfast with Santa" from 8-11am at Hillcrest Park Lodge. That day's events also feature a "Children's Shopping Extravaganza" at Hillcrest Park's Recreation Building, a free viewing of The Santa Clause at the Lincoln Theatre, and a showing of TAG's A Christmas Story at the theater on both Saturday and Sunday. The events conclude with a Christmas parade, tree lighting and visits with Santa from 5-7pm Sunday on First Street.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • All Day Glad Tidings Christmas Concerts 
    The Whidbey Community Chorus presents a "Glad Tidings" Christmas Concert at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St. Entry is by donation.
    First United Methodist Church :: http://www.facebook.com/whidbeycommunitychorus
  • All Day 20th annual Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen well-known local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 20th annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabric and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 9-11 and 16-18, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 12:00pm Celebrate the Season 
    The Anacortes Schools Foundation presents family-oriented events at "Celebrate the Season" from 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Live music, dance performances, caroling, a gingerbread house contest, photos with Santa, craft projects and more will be part of the fundraiser. Entry is $5 per person, or $20 per family.
    Port of Anacortes Event Center :: http://www.anacortesschoolsfoundation.org
  • All Day Holiday Port Festival 
    Music by dozens of local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings, Alaska ferry tours and much more will be part of the Port of Bellingham's annual "Holiday Port Festival" from 12-8pm Friday, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking is free.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.portofbellingham.com
  • 10:00am Sleighbells Ring 
    Attend "Sleighbells Ring" events every weekend through December at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Fresh-cut trees and wreaths, ornament and cookie crafting, bonfires, distillery and cafe tastings, live music, caroling and more will be part of the festive fun. On Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, there will also be sleigh rides, visits with Santa and more.
    Bellewood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    Find a huge selection of high quality children's literature, superhero comics and a wide array of books for readers of all ages at a Holiday Book Sale happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • All Day The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 
    Find out what happens when church volunteers, struggling to present a Christmas pageant, are faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history, when The Best Christmas Pageant Ever continues this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to see the comedy are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Dec. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Pippi Longstocking 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students bring an iconic character to life when they present performances of Pippi Longstocking at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Additional performances happen Dec. 9-11.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day Peter and the Starcatcher 
    A dozen actors will portray more than 100 unforgettable characters when Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatcher shows this week at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. The musical upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan came to be Peter Pan. Tickets are $12-$17.
  • All Day The Nutcracker 
    The Skagit Valley Academy of Dance will present their 27th annual performance of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Viewers can experience the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s musical creation and the wonders of Clara’s magical journey through the glorious Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. Ticket prices vary.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Irving Berlin's White Christmas 
    Transport yourself to a lodge in Vermont when Irving Berlin's White Christmas continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the newly renovated Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the song-and-dance spectacular set during World War II are $12-$14. See the Broadway hit through Dec. 11.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-4pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park (on Cherry Street and 2nd Avenue). Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$4.
  • 10:00am 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm most Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Rd. The center offers opportunities to better understand the wildlife of the Skagit River watershed with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon and the vital role each play in our ecosystem. Entry is by donation.
    Howard Miller Steelhead Park :: http://www.skagiteagle.org
  • All Day The Happy Elf 
    A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. can be seen at performances of The Happy Elf at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The story focuses on Eubie, a happy elf who longs to be part of Santa's sleigh team instead of being stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Tickets are $8-$12. Additional performances happen through Dec. 11.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • All Day A Christmas Story 
    The Theater Arts Guild's rendition of A Christmas Story: The Musical, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 1:30pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Tickets are $12-$24; additional performances happen Dec. 7-10.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 8:00pm Ghosts and Games 
    Expect seasonal hilarity at improvised versions of The Christmas Carol when "My Three Ghosts" shows at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through December at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm Saturdays, stick around for "Holiday Games Galore"—a variety of short form improv games with a thematic twist. Tickets to the shows are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 8:00pm Fifth annual Aerial Showcase 
    Local performers and guests artists will share their varied talents at the Bellingham Circus Guild's fifth annual "Aerial Showcase" at 8pm Friday and 6pm and 9pm Saturday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite 102. For the show, aerialists are invited to perform an act already created and are then encouraged to refine, polish or completely retool it to suit their individual artistic expressions. Tickets are $10-$20 (Saturday's late show is 21-and-over).
  • 7:30pm A Duet of Nutcrackers 
    Dance students will perform solos and duets alongside Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band members at performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic "Nutcracker Suite" and Duke Ellington’s ingenious arrangement, "The Harlem Nutcracker," at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at WWU's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is $15 (free for students).
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm Saving Christmas Town 
    Join comical and quirky elves as they defend their city from the naughty and ominous characters of Oogie Boogie Land when the Dance Studio presents Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $15.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 6:00pm Art on Tap 
    More than 25 artists will show and sell everything from paintings to sculpture, photography, woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, holiday portraits and more at the fourth annual "Art on Tap: Holiday Art Sale" event taking place from 6-10pm Friday (during the Art Walk) and 12-7pm Saturday in the heart of the Alley District in the courtyard behind Altility Art Studio, 929 N. State St. Live music, performances and other festivities will be part of the fun.
  • 6:00pm Holiday Make.Sale 
    Local vendors both new and old will share everything from paintings to independently published comic books, photography, Bellingham flags, beauty products, clothing and much, much more at the fifth annual "Holiday Make.Sale" happening from 6-10pm Friday and 12-6pm Saturday at Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. The DIY craft bazaar will also feature works by gallery tenants.
    Make.Shift Art Space :: http://www.makeshiftproject.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    Discover the perfect gift at the Friends of the Blaine Library's Holiday Book Sale happening from 10am-6pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The event coincides with Blaine's Holiday Harbor Lights festival.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 5:00pm Festival of Lights 
    Find "unique gifts and adornments for the discriminating shopper" at the 12th annual "Festival of Lights" from 5-9pm Friday and 11am-5pm Saturday at Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art, 1415 13th St.
    Tillie Lace Gallery :: (360) 223-5352
  • 6:00pm Holiday Art Walk 
    More than 20 merchants will show the work of local artists at a "Holiday Art Walk" taking place from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday in Old Town Anacortes. Patrons of the arts can peruse paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and more, listen to live music and shop for the holidays.
  • 9:00am Toys for Tots 
    Donate new, unwrapped toys, cash and more at the annual "Toys for Tots" event taking place from 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday at a distribution center at 1650 Birchwood Ave. The all-local event helps make the holiday season possible for more than 2,500 children in Whatcom County. Additional drop-offs points will be located throughout Whatcom County through Dec. 17
  • 9:00am Homemade Christmas Bazaar 
    Peruse works by local artisans and stock up on candy and cookies by the pound at the 10th annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St.
    Blaine Senior Center :: http://www.blaineseniorcenter.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Sinterklaas Breakfast 
    Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and visit with a Dutch icon at a "Breakfast with Sinterklaas" from 8-11am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3-$5; bring your camera for free pictures with the festive fella.
    Lynden Community Center :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 8:30am - 11:00am Santa Breakfast 
    Enjoy a tasty breakfast and get a chance to visit with a big bearded guy in red at a "Santa Breakfast" taking place from 8:30-11am at La Conner's Maple Hall, 100 Commercial St. Entry is $3 for kids, $6 for adults.
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Girls on the Run Fall 5K 
    All are welcome at the "Girls on the Run" Fall 5K taking place from 9am-12pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley College Field House. Entry is $15-$25; proceeds support Girls on the Run of Skagit County.
    Skagit Valley College :: http://www.skagitymca.org
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Grapevine Wreath Class 
    Bring a European Christmas into your home by attending a "Make a European Grapevine Wreath" workshop at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. The class fee is $39 and covers all supplies.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: 676-5480 or http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Skagit Valley Jingle Bell Run 
    The annual Skagit Valley Jingle Bell Walk/Run begins at 9am at the Burlington Visitor Center, 520 E. Fairhaven. Choose from an Elves Kids' Fun Run, a 5K walk/run or a 5K dog trot. Entry is $10-$40, and additional fundraising for the Arthritis Foundation is suggested.
    Burlington Visitor Cente :: http://www.jbr.org
  • 9:00am - 11:30am Breakfast with Santa 
    Help raise funds for Children's House International at its third annual "Breakfast with Santa" from 9-11:30am at Bellingham Christ the King, 4173 Meridian St. Photos with Santa, face painting, live music, a silent auction, sales by local vendors and indormation about the group's India adoption program will be part of the festivities. Entry is $6-$12 in advance and $8-$15 at the door.
    Bellingham Christ the King :: http://www.childrenshouseinternational.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Glass Art Open House 
    Live glassblowing demos, refreshments and holiday deals can be had at an Open House taking place from 10am-4pm at Morrison Glass Art, 2111 Lincoln St.
    Morrison Glass Art :: http://www.morrisonglassart.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, attendees can experience monthly Demo Days, live music and more.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Skagit Journey 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Club for an outing to Sharpe Park near Anacortes today. Meet at 10am at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool. Sharpe Park is a hidden gem of Skagit County Parks with more than 110 acres of pristine second-growth forest and views of Rosario Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Fairhaven Frosty 
    The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its annual "Fairhaven Frosty" 5K and 10K at 10am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. Entry to the seasonal sojourn is $5-$10 (free for GBRC members).
    Fairhaven Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm Holiday Open House 
    Check out decorations and holiday exhibits and enjoy light refreshments at a Holiday Open House taking place from 11am-5pm at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. 2nd St. Entry is free and open to all.
    La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum :: http://www.laconnerquilts.org
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm Green Eileen Pop-Up Sale 
    Gently worn Eileen Fisher garments will be for sale at up to 70 percent of their original prices at a "Green Eileen" pop-up shop taking place from 11am-3pm at Ragfinery, 1420 N. Forest St. Eileen Fisher is an upscale clothing brand with a focus on sustainability and great design. Its offshoot, Green Eileen, is a recycled clothing initiative committed to reducing environmental impact.
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Holiday Gifts for the Kitchen 
    Learn how to make homemade honey mustard, bacon jam, rum glazed walnuts, scone mix, layered cookie mix and chocolate dipped goodies when Cindy McKinney leads a "Holiday Gifts for the Kitchen" class from 11am-1pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Register in advance for the free course, as space is limited.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will be hosting their final volunteer work party of the season from 9am-12pm at Little Squalicum Park. Attendees will be removing invasive plants and spreading mulch in preparation for winter. Tools, gloves and directions will be provided.
    Little Squalicum Park :: 778-7136 or http://www.n-sea.org
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Faihaven Holiday Events 
    As part of the Fairhaven Holiday Festival, Father Christmas will be visiting with families from 12-3pm Saturdays in December in the lobby at the Fairhaven Village Inn, 1200 10th St. Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from the portico of the inn.
    Fairhaven Village Inn :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm Tea and Music 
    Menhardt Merry, Kid'Sax Ensemble, the McLaughlin Irish Dancer, Misty Flowers, Zephyr Recorder Consort, and Mockingbird will perform at the Deming Friends Holiday Tea taking place from 1-5pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Tea and cookies will be available at the free event, and handmade crafts, candy and dog treats will be for sale.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    The Crescent City Shakers will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 for students, $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.
    VFW Hall :: 371-7030 or http://www.btjs.webs.com
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash 
    As part of Blaine's "Holiday Lights" events, sign up for a "Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash" at 2:30pm at the H Street Plaza. The all-ages event features a 1.5-mile obstacle dash through downtown. Holiday costumes are encouraged.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Memory Into Memoir 
    Join the Red Wheelbarrow Writers Group for a reading from their new collection, Memory Into Memoir: An Anthology, at 3pm at Lynden's Village Books, 430 Front St. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Whatcom Literacy Council.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 3:00pm - 9:30pm Bellingham Chamber Chorale 
    "Celebrating the British Masters" will be the theme of Bellingham Chamber Chorale concerts at 3pm and 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Woks by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Byrd, Handel, and others will be on the lineup. Tickets are $5-$20.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bccsings.org
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm Seeds and Pianos 
    Lawrence Verigin reads from his high-concept thriller Seed of Control at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, award-winning author and editor Kathleen Dean Moore reads from her new book of fiction, Piano Tide—a story of the "clash between those who want to make a killing in a wild place and those who want to make a living there."
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm Western Winds, Western Brass 
    As part of a "Music in the Library" series taking place this month, the scholarship woodwind quintet Western Winds and Western Brass will perform traditional Christmas carols, jazz tunes and music by Bach and Debussy from 4:30-5:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Both groups are part of the chamber music program at Western Washington University. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm Community Tree Lighting 
    All are welcome at the annual Community Tree Lighting event taking place from 4:30-5:30pm at La Conner's Gilkey Square. At 5pm, Santa will arrive in his old-fashioned fire truck, and there will be music and refreshments.
    Gilkey Square :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Objectification Opening 
    Functional and three-dimensional artwork from more than 40 regional artists can be perused and purchased at an opening reception for "Objectification 9" from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The curated exhibit is designed for holiday gift-giving, meaning that when the art is bought, it goes home with the buyer that same day. A rotating roster of works will be available through Dec. 31.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvallee.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Bay Lighted Boat Parade 
    Bundle up and watch the Bellingham Yacht Club's annual Lighted Boat Parade starting at 5:30pm departing from Squalicum Harbor. The boats will travel the waters along South Bay Trail, Boulevard Park, Taylor Dock, and Fairhaven Harbor, then back, so there will be plenty of viewing opportunities. During the parade, join a gathering under the shelter at the foot of the Taylor Dock for hot cider and cookies.
    Bellingham Bay :: http://www.byc.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Light up the holidays 
    Downtown Bellingham Partnership's "Light Up the Holidays" events include the Dec. 2 Holiday Art Walk, a Tree Lighting Ceremony happening at 5:30pm tonight at Depot Market Square—complete with a visity by Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, a make-and-take craft table, carolers, live music, a dance performance and more—and the Commercial Street Night Market on Fri., Dec. 9. To support downtown's holiday festivities, parking on the bottom and top floors of the Commercial Street Parking Garage is free for the entire month of December, courtesy of the City of Bellingham.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Boat Parade Viewing Fundraiser 
    Join the Community Boating Center for a Lighted Boat Parade Viewing Party at 6pm at the Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Tickets are $50 and include hors d'oeuvres; funds raised will provide scholarships to youth participants, fund the nonprofit's Youth Enrichment Program, and support seasonal operations of the CBC.
    Hotel Bellwether :: (360) 714-8891 or http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm 26th annual Lighted Parade 
    View a dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment and more at the 26th annual Lighted Parade starting at 6pm at Lynden's Fairway Center and continuing along Front Street through the downtown corridor. Holiday carolers will be part of the festive fun. At 5pm, there will also be a Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 4th and Front streets.
    Downtown Lynden :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Coats 
    Small ensemble choirs from all Bellingham School District high schools will join the Seattle-based a cappella singing group, the Coats, for an annual holiday performance at 7pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Village Books, the Co-op, or at the BHS ASB office.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-5006
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Pearl Django 
    Traditional jazz classics and original compositions can be heard when Seattle's Pearl Django kicks off the Manouche Northwest Concert Series at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Local modern Gypsy jazz quartet Nuages will also perform. Tickets are $20. BUF will also sell concessions at the event, including local craft beer.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.buf.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Edward Albee Reading Series 
    The first of three one-night-only performances of plays by the great American playwright Edward Albee—who passed away last September—happens at 7:30pm at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tonight's staged reading will be of Three Tall Women. Subsequent events include a reading of A Delicate Balance on Sat., Dec. 10 and a workshop production of The Zoo Story Sat., Dec. 17. Entry is by donation; please reserve tickets in advance.
    idiOM Theater :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Motherlode 
    Expect to hear songs of hope, passion, promise and humor when Motherlode returns to Bellingham for a 7:30pm concert at WWU's Fairhaven College Auditorium. Tickets to hear the "wild and wonderful evening of women singing their hearts out" will be $20 at the door.
    Fairhaven College Auditorium :: http://www.motherlodemusic.com
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm Salsa Night 
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9:30pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4.
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