Week of December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10 25 events
  • 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' 38th 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 Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 5:00pm The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" continuing 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. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 14-17, 19-23, and 26-30.
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen 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 21st annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 15-17 and and 22-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 4:00pm Writers' Corner Readings 
    Nearly 40 authors will share their works from a Writers' Corner Anthology 2017 at 4pm Saturday and Sunday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Each writer made a commitment to regularly attend group meetings and provide feedback for their fellow peers, and each comes from a different story.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 12:00pm Winter Wonderland 
    Indoor and outdoor activities for children, families, teens and adults will be part of the Children's Museum of Skagit County's annual "Winter Wonderland" event from 12-8pm Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday at Burlington's Cascade Mall, 550 Cascade Mall Dr. The free event will feature real snow from Mt. Baker, snowman-building, snow painting, carnival games, face painting, crafts, mini-golf, caroling, photos with Princess Elena, visits with Santa, food trucks, live reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, dance performances, a gingerbread house workshop and much more. At the museum, there will also be a Holiday Toy Store, where kids can purchase gifts under $5.
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be special events happening through the month. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 10:00am Sleighbells Ring 
    Attend "Sleighbells Ring" from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday 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. This weekend and Dec. 16, 17 and 23, there will also be horse trolley rides, visits with Santa and more.
    Bellewood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 10:00am Sleighbells Ring 
    Attend "Sleighbells Ring" from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday 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. This weekend and Dec. 16, 17 and 23, there will also be horse trolley rides, visits with Santa and more.
    Bellewood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 7:30pm Cantabile Christmas Concerts 
    "Rejoice! A Celebration of Christmas" will be the focus of Cantabile Chamber Choir concerts at 7:30pm Saturday at Mount Vernon's St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and 3pm Sunday at Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley. In addition to hearing the premiere of "We Come Rejoicing" by local composer Michael Austin Miller, attendees can expect a wide range of choral music, carols, gospel music and the "celestial" sounds of the Celtic harp. Tickets will be $10-$16 at the door.
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.facebook.com/cantabile-chamber-choir
  • 7:30pm Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through Dec. 16.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm 1776 
    View the Tony Award-winning play based on the events surrounding the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence when 1776 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. Tickets to the musical by Sherman Edwards are $12-$17.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild production of Scrooge the Musical concludes this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol, bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm The Nutcracker 
    Northwest Ballet Theater brings its annual production of The Nutcracker to the stage at performances at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The production features scenic backdrops made in Russia, classical tutus made by professional seamstresses in New York, exciting set pieces and superb technical effects. Tickets are $15-$40. Additional performances happen Dec. 22-24 at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
  • 7:00pm The Snow Queen 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 9 to 12 will bring Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Snow Queen to life at performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Original music by Steve Barnes will help tell the story of a young girl on a quest to save her friend from the evil Snow Queen. Tickets are $10; additional performances happen Dec 15-17.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 10:00am Santa at Mt. Baker 
    Kids, adults and everyone in between can take unique photos with the big guy in red with real mountains and snow behind them at "Santa Photos, Baker Style" events from 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Entry is $5 for lift ticket/pass-holders, and $10 for those without lift tickets. Downloadable and printed photos will be $10-$20.
    Mt. Baker Ski Area :: http://www.mtbaker.us
  • 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
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am 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
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Library Music 
    Millie & the Mentshn will play world music that ranges from Prokofiev to Gershwin, Latin, Klezmer and more at a free concert from 2-3:30pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St.
    Anacortes Public Library :: http://www.jazzatthelibrary.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Magical Strings' Celtic Yuletide 
    Three generations of the Boulding family will set the stage ablaze at Magical Strings' annual "Celtic Yuletide" at 3pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The festive gala will include performances by the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, fiddler Jocelyn Pettit, Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, percussionist Matt Jerrel, and more. TIckets are $17-$26.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Jazzin' with the Classics 
    Attend the 12th annual "Jazzin' with the Classics for Christmas" at 3pm at Stanwood's Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW. The unique celebration of music for the holidays bridges the divide between jazz and classical music. Suggested donation is $15 (18 and under are free).
    Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center :: http://www.candlelightseattle.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Magic 
    Whatcom Symphony Orchestra presents its annual "Holiday Magic" concert at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Local children's choirs will join the orchestra to sing along to holiday favorites, and vocalists from the Whatcom Chorale will highlight a special piece composed by Scott Henderson. Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel, director of orchestral studies at WWU, will be the guest conductor. Tickets are $15-$39.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Greetings, Goodwill and Giving 
    Celebrate the season and pick up some wonderful gifts at the annual Friends of Island Library's holiday season silent auction, "Greetings, Goodwill, and Giving," from 3-5pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. All gifts are donated by island friends and artists. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm International Human Rights Day Celebration 
    The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Amnesty International will host an International Human Rights Day celebration and potluck from 6-8pm at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. The event will include guest speaker Vernon Damani Johnson on "The State of Human Domicile: Housing as a Human Right,"and the annual Amnesty International Write for Rights. Please bring a dish to share. Water, coffee and tea will be provided. Entry is free.
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Monday, December 11 7 events
  • 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' 38th 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 Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey will lead a "Books on Tap" discussion from 6:30-8pm at Sudden Valley's El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle, gate 2. This month's meeting focuses on Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.
    El Agave 2 :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Slavic Gospel Youth Choir 
    Enjoy an evening of traditional Russian and Ukrainian Christmas songs performed by the Slavic Gospel Church Youth Choir at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. In between songs, the musicians will share stories about their holiday traditions. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Community Holiday Sing-Along 
    Ferndale High School's concert and swing choirs will host a Community Holiday Sing-Along at 6:30pm at the high school's headquarters at 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Suggested donation is $5; funds raised support the 2018 FHS Choir Tour.
    Ferndale High School :: http://www.ferndalesd.org/ferndalehigh
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm poetrynight 
    Those 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 - 11:00pm 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, December 12 11 events
  • 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' 38th 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 Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Artist Demo and Workshop 
    Watch artist Neal Cronic create an acrylic painting and learn about creating a background using a wash technique, making clouds and more at a free Artist Demo from 10:30am-12pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you're interested in following along with Neal as he paints, bring a small canvas and paint and join in.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Ferndale Book Group 
    Discuss Fannie Flagg's The Whole Town's Talking at a Ferndale Book Group discussion from 2:30-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. All are welcome.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Give and Glow 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. Tonight's "Give and Glow" Run will feature the wearing of ugly holiday sweaters, glow sticks, post-run Christmas tree decorating, raffle prizes and more. If you can, bring food or donations for the Food Bank.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm U.S. Citizenship Class 
    Do you have a green card? Do you want to learn more about the process of becoming a U.S. citizen? If so, join a free "U.S. Citizenship 101" session at 6pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Local immigration attorneys will cover the general eligibility requirements for naturalization, explain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship, and be available to answer questions. Additionally, the Whatcom Literacy Council will be there to provide information about its free programs; including how you can sign up for citizenship classes or work with a tutor to prepare for the citizenship test.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Winter Camping Basics 
    How to plan, how to stay warm, how to select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnighter will be covered at a "Winter Camping Basics" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Storm Music Extravaganza! 
    Squalicum High School's music department presents a "Storm Music Extravaganza!" at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. From the jazz band to the treble choir to the chamber orchestra and beyond, attendees will hear from every ensemble in the school's band and orchestra programs. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.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 - 9:00pm Winter Speaker Series 
    North Cascades National Park biologist Roger Christophersen will present "Room to Roam: Current Wildlife Research" at a Bellingham Mountaineers Winter Speaker Series event at 7:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Entry is free.
    Backcountry Essentials :: http://www.bellinghammountaineers.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
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Wednesday, December 13 10 events
  • 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' 38th 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
  • 10:00am Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 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 - 7:30pm Urban Trails 
    Award-winning guidebook author Craig Romano will lead a slideshow tour based on his Urban Trails: Bellingham book at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The travel tome focuses on Bellingham, Western Whatcom County, the Skagit Valley, and Fidalgo Island. Register in advance for the free event.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Whatcom Writers Holiday Party 
    Attend Whatcom Writers and Publishers annual Cross Group Writer's Holiday Party from 6-8:30pm at Nicki's Bella Marina, 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. All writers are invited to celebrate the season with gift-giving and game-playing. Bring one wrapped gift to participate in our gift exchange. Donations of prizes which might interest writers are also welcome. Entry is free; please RSVP to reserve a spot.
  • 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 Mike Allen Trio 
    Vancouver's artful and melodic jazz saxophonist and composer Mike Allen will be joined by bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Julian MacDonough for a Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center performance from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry is $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Scottish Dancing 
    Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers to learn about the social dancing of Scotland from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday through May at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is required. The drop-in fee is $8.
    Fairhaven Library :: http://www.bellinghamscd.org
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Thursday, December 14 15 events
  • 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' 38th 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
  • 10:00am Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 5:00pm The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" continuing 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. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 19-23 and 26-30.
  • 7:30pm Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend the final weekend of performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Little Women, the Musical 
    Northwest Washington Theatre Group concludes its performances of Little Women, the Musical at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court. Tickets are $12-$15.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.nwtg.org
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Gifts from the Garden 
    A panel of Whatcom County Master Gardeners will share how they use their personal gardens to make unique and attractive presents for family, friends and the holidays at a free "Gifts From Our Gardens" presentation from 12-1:30pm at the Community Food Co-op's Healthy Connections Room, 404 E. Holly St. Brown bag lunches are encouraged.
    Community Food Co-op :: (360) 739-9566
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm BHS Showstoppers 
    The Bellingham High School Showstoppers will spread holiday magic with their seasonal favorites and annual choreographed medley (featuring songs from the musical Grease) at a free Museum Advocates concert at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. This outstanding, small mixed-vocal ensemble is auditioned out of three choral ensembles, and is led by director Linda Short.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook It and Book It 
    Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly "Cook It and Book It" gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something tasty to eat and talking about books interests your kids, have them check it out.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm MVHS Winter Concert 
    Hear gospel, carols, classical works and other holiday favorites when the acclaimed Mount Vernon High School choirs present a "Winter Concert" at 4pm and 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Under the direction of Jesus Gomez, students will perform in a variety of ensembles including Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, and Synergy. Entry is by donation, but tickets are required.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Paella Family Dinner Night 
    No reservations are needed for a "Paella Family Dinner Night" taking place from 5:30-7pm at Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St. Entry is $5 for kids under 12, and $20 general. Attendees are welcome to purchase a bottle of wine off the shelf at retail price, with no corkage fee.
    Old World Deli :: http://www.oldworlddeli1.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Fiction Writing Group 
    Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Fiction Writing Group meeting from 6-8pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Campbell Road 
    Hear everything from traditional Irish pub music to old English ballads, bluegrass and more when the Skagit Skagit County-based Celtic band Campbell Road presents a free concert at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Astronomy Meeting 
    The Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers will meet from 7-9pm at Ferndale’s Whatcom Educational Credit Union, 5659 Barrett Rd. Use I-5 exit 262. The event will include a discussion of local astronomy events, and a presentation. Entry is free and open to all.
    Whatcom Educational Credit Union :: http://www.whatcomastronomy.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm History Holiday 
    Join the Whatcom County Historical Society for a "Holiday Open Mic" from 7:30-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Catch up on historic research about Whatcom County and the Northwest at the annual holiday meeting and open mic for members of the community who wish to make a presentation on some aspect of the history of the area. Local authors will be on hand with books for holiday giving. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
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TODAY 23 events
  • 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' 38th 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 Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" continuing 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. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 19-23 and 26-30.
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen 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 21st annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 22-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 7:30pm Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas 
    The Skagit Valley Chorale and guest percussionist Patrick Roulet will explore Christmas and winter-themed music from many different lands and traditions at performances of "Heralding Christmas" at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $16-$25.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm The Snow Queen 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 9 to 12 will bring Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Snow Queen to life at performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Original music by Steve Barnes will help tell the story of a young girl on a quest to save her friend from the evil Snow Queen. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 8:00pm Ghosts and Brawling 
    Imagine the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and help move the story forward when "My 3 Ghosts" continues this weekend with 8pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, show up for the competitive (and improvised) "Backyard Brawl." Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend the final weekend of performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Little Women, the Musical 
    Northwest Washington Theatre Group concludes its performances of Little Women, the Musical at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court. Tickets are $12-$15.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.nwtg.org
  • 10:00am Hot Cider & Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Mann will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm Fridays and Saturdays through December 23 at his third-floor space in the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 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 Area. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Connelly Creek Nature Area :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm COffee Tasting 
    Attend a weekly coffee tasting from 3-3:30pm at Camber Cafe, 221 W. Holly St. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed to come in and enjoy a small tasting flight of the venue's single-origin coffees.
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Hidden Narrative Tour 
    Educators will facilitate discussions on select works of art from the permanent collection at a "Hidden Narrative" tour using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) from 3:30-4:30pm at La Conner's Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Entry is free.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Drayton Harbor Shell-ebration 
    Celebrate the one-year anniversary of lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in Drayton Harbor at a "Shell-ebration" taking place from 4-6pm at Blaine's H Street Plaza. The free event will feature refreshments, oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, and the presentation of community awards. The action happens outdoors, so please dress to stay warm and dry.
    H Street Plaza :: (360) 778-6302
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Jingle Belles 
    Select merchants will stay open late for "Jingle Belles: A Ladies Night of Shopping" from 4-7pm throughout La Conner. Find a full listing of participants online, and enjoy a an evening of holiday shopping.
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Food Not Bombs 
    All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event-which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty-is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Ukulele Concert 
    The Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra will perform a variety of holiday music for all to enjoy at a free "Music in the Library" concert from 5-6pm in the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7217
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Holiday Movie Night 
    Bellingham High School's Technical Entertainment Crew presents its second film-related fundraiser at a Family Holiday Movie Night showing of The Polar Express from 6-8:30pm at the school's headquarters at 2020 Cornwall Ave. Enjoy a range of holiday-themed sugary delights for concessions before the movie and during intermission. Suggested donation is $5.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Holiday Night Market 
    Fifteen artisan vendors, live entertainment, speciality food stands, live video projection, a beer garden and a fire pit will be part of a Holiday Night Market taking place from 6-10pm on the 1300 block of Commercial Street (and beyond). The event will also include a Van-Life Rally, featuring approximately 30 vans that people have converted into lifestyle vehicles. Attendees can check out and tour some of these vehicles and see what it's like to travel like a true "van-lifer." Entry is free.
    Commercial Street :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Family Story Night 
    Bellingham Storyteller's Guild members will lead an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Entry to both events is free.
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Holiday Ball 
    USA Dance Bellingham hosts a "Holiday Ball" featuring the Alicia Dauber Band from 7:15-10pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. A waltz lesson will kick off the festivities. All are welcome, including singles, seniors and students. Entry is $7-$10.
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, "Vaudevillingham," at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from aerial performances to dance, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more. Both novice and veteran performers are welcome to share their talents. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Community Orchestra Winter Concert 
    The North Sound Community Orchestra presents its "Winter Concert" at 7:30pm at Squalicum High School, 3337 E. McLeod Rd. Entry and refreshments are free; donations will be welcomed.
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  • 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' 38th 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 Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th 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 at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" continuing 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. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 19-23 and 26-30.
  • 6:30pm The Nativity 
    Lyrical, modern and ballet dance forms will help tell the original story surrounding Christ's birth when Dancing for Joy presents The Nativity at 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $15.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • All Day Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen 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 21st annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 22-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 10:00am Sleighbells Ring 
    Attend "Sleighbells Ring" from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday 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. This weekend and Dec. 23, there will also be horse trolley rides, visits with Santa and more.
    Bellewood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • All Day The Snow Queen 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 9 to 12 will bring Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Snow Queen to life at performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Original music by Steve Barnes will help tell the story of a young girl on a quest to save her friend from the evil Snow Queen. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas 
    The Skagit Valley Chorale and guest percussionist Patrick Roulet will explore Christmas and winter-themed music from many different lands and traditions at performances of "Heralding Christmas" at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $16-$25.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 8:00pm Ghosts and Brawling 
    Imagine the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and help move the story forward when "My 3 Ghosts" continues this weekend with 8pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, show up for the competitive (and improvised) "Backyard Brawl." Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend the final weekend of performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Little Women, the Musical 
    Northwest Washington Theatre Group concludes its performances of Little Women, the Musical at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court. Tickets are $12-$15.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.nwtg.org
  • 10:00am Hot Cider & Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Mann will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm Fridays and Saturdays through December 23 at his third-floor space in the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults and includes scrambled eggs, ham or sausage, and beverages.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 8:00am - 11:00am VFW Breakfast 
    French toast, eggs, sausage and pancakes will be among the offerings at a VFW Breakfast happening from 8-11am at Lynden's VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Rd. Entry is $6 (kids 5 and under are free).
    VFW Hall :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Breakfast with Santa 
    Attend a fundraising "Breakfast with Santa" from 9-11am at the Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center, 2600 Squalicum Pkwy. In addition to enjoying a hearty pancake breakfast, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos and visits. Entry is $4-$6 (printed photos are extra). Proceeds benefit subsidized childcare at the center.
    Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center :: http://www.bellinghamchildcare.com
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Make It and Take It 
    Take home delicate glass balls showcasing tiny lichens, mosses, twigs and other forest trimmings at a "Make It and Take It: Living Glass Ornament" workshop at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Class fee is $15 per ball or $13 each for three or more and includes all supplies. Please register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Chainsaw Sculpting Open Studio 
    Visit the new studio and outdoor gallery of an award-winning chainsaw sculptor from 10am-4pm at Tomas Vrba Studio, 1481 E. Axton Rd. In addition to meeting the artist, watch him carve with a chainsaw and turn salvaged logs into works of art, shop for unique Christmas gifts and more. The event happens again Dec. 23.
    Tomas Vrba Studio :: http://www.tomasvrba.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Coast Salish Winter Festival 
    Find unique handcrafted gifts created and sold by Lummi community members at the final Coast Salish Winter Festival event from 10am-5pm at Ferndale's Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave.
    Lummi Gateway Center :: http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce, crafts, ready-to-eat dining options and more are available.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Jingle Bell Dash 
    Help raise money for AAUW STEM programs for girls in the community by taking part in today's "Jingle Bell Dash" 5K Run/Walk starting at 10am in Anacortes at Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way. Entry is $20-$30 (entry for a Kids Dash to Santa is by nonperishable food item donations to the to Salvation Army Food Bank).
    Seafarers Memorial Park :: http://www.jinglebelldashanacortes.net
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Holiday Tea 
    Partake in an afternoon of excellent conversation, good company, and delicious treats with your community, Friends of the South Whatcom Library, and library staff at a Holiday Tea happening from 10am-4pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, Gate 2. Entry is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Baker Beacon Rally 
    Anyone who spends time in the backcountry—from beginners to seasoned veterans—is invited to take part in today's "Baker Beacon Rally" from 11am-2pm at Heather Meadows at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Local avalanche pros will be on hand to share avalanche rescue skills and promote mountain safety, and there'll be practice sessions, demos, presentations and a beacon rescue race. Entry is free; please register in advance.
    Heather Meadow :: http://www.mtbaker.us
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Fairhaven Winterfest 
    The annual Fairhaven Winterfest continues from 12-3pm this Saturday and next with a "Find the Elves" Treasure Hunt, visits with Father Christmas, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Entry is free.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Hansel and Gretel 
    Attend a special holiday encore broadcast of a "MET Live in HD" showing of the fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel at 1pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Starring Alice Coote and Christine Schafer as the title youngsters, this 2008 broadcast features a whimsically twisted production by Richard Jones and a new English translation perfect for audiences of all ages. Entry is $17-$23.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Peter James Holiday Gallery Sale and Reception 
    Attend a Peter James Holiday Gallery Sale and Reception from 1-4pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. James' photographs of the extreme beauty of Northwest Washington will be on display throughout the holiday season, so come check them out when you visit "Sleighbells Ring."
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Youth Symphony Holiday Concert 
    Treasured melodies from many cultures and traditions will be brought to light by the musicians of the Fidalgo Youth Symphony at a "Holiday Concert" starting at 1pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $5-$15.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eat Your Words Cookbook Club 
    Foodies and novice chefs alike can attend today's Eat Your Words Cookbook Club from 2-3:30pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Make a dish to share and come ready to talk about the cookbook you used. This month's theme is "Sweet Treats Swap"
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Holiday Wines from Spain 
    Attend a "Holiday Wines from Spain" tasting from 2-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Local importer Basilio Rodriquez Grueso from Casa Ventura will be pouring a selection of wines and answering questions. Entry is free.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Winter Dance Celebration 
    Dancers of all ages will perform at a contemporary dance concert featuring modern, jazz, tap and more when Fidalgo DanceWorks presents a "Winter Celebration" at 3pm in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St.. Tickets to the seasonal celebration are $10.
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Mozzarella Class 
    Learn to make cheese from scratch at a "Let's Make Mozzarella!" class happening from 3-4:30pm at Ferndale's Appel Farms, 6603 Northwest Dr. Entry is $15 and includes cheese and crackers. Register in advance, as space is limited.
    Appel Farms :: http://www.mariesbees.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Noel Trio 
    As part of the Firefly Concert Series, the Noel Trio will present music and poetry to celebrate the Yuletide season from 3-5pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Performers include harpist Jill Whitman, violist Katrina Whitman, and flutist Kimberly Breilein. Tickets are $25 and include small bites and nonalcoholic beverages (wine and beer may be purchased at the event).
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Not So Silent Night 
    Join the Good Time Girls for their annual "Night So Silent Night" outing starting at 7pm in downtown Bellingham. Tickets are $35 and include three drinks, a caroling songbook and a "really freaking good time." Please register in advance, as space is limited.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Winter Star Mountain Journey 
    Day to Day Dance will host a performance of "Winter Star Mountain Journey" at 7pm at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. Through classical dance, hip-hop and modern dance, the ensemble will tell the story of Chico the Sasquatch as he prepares to make his family's important journey to the mountaintop. Entry is $10 (free for children 5 and under).
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: http://www.daytodaydance.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Kulshan Chorus Winter Concert 
    "Choosing JOY: A Soul Journey" will be the focus of the Kulshan Chorus' annual Winter Concert at 7:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. This season, the 100 voices of the chorus will explore a wide range of gospel and spiritual traditions from Sister Act's Joyful, Joyful to Elijah Rock. It's a concert grounded in hope and calling for a better life. Tickets are 15-$20.
    Bellingham High School :: http://www.kulshanchorus.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Skagit Symphony Holiday Concert 
    Skagit Symphony hosts its annual "Holiday Concert" at 7:30pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Selected choruses from Handel's "Messiah," selections from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, seasonal carols and audience caroling with the orchestra will be part of the festivities. Tickets are $10-$45.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 8:00pm - 11:30pm Teen Library Lock-In 
    Teens in grade 6 to 12 can attend a Teen Library Lock-In from 8pm-8am at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Students can expect games crafts, movies, yummy food, hot cocoa, scary stories and not a lot of sleep. Entry is free; registration and parent/guardian approval is a must.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Wizard People, Dear Bellingham 
    Lovers of surreal theater, Rocky Horror midnight shows, Mystery Science Theatre, Harry Potter and beyond will want to attend "Wizard People, Dear Bellingham" at 8pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. The performance is an "unauthorized retelling of an unauthorized retelling, presented as a full-blown theatrical performance delivered over the backdrop of the first Harry Potter film and complete with a small cast of actors, a live band, live foley artist, and creative contributions from Harry Potter fan-fiction-erotica enthusiasts." Tickets will be $10 at the door. Magical garb is recommended.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.altlib.org
  • 9:00pm - 11:30pm Christmas Milonga Tango Experience 
    Attend a "Christmas Milonga" Tango Experience from 9-11:30pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. All are welcome to come and dance the night away in a magical space during this season of celebration and love! DJ Ahmed, newly hailing from Portland, Oregon, will arranging a playlist with a blend of alt and traditional music with an emphasis on tango. Entry is $10.
    Presence Studio :: (360) 319-3243
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