With the holiday season fast approaching, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite local events and shopping opportunities in Bellingham, WA.

Home for the Holidays Port of BellinghamNovember 17 - 18: Home for the Holidays
Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham

This 35th annual shopping event promises a fabulous selection of seasonal creations to trim your "Home for the Holidays." Distinctive gift items, a few shabby antiques and delightfully delicious gourmet foods. The vendors who participate have been hand-picked for their very special creativity.

More Information: www.homefortheholidaysbellingham.com

November 18 - December 24: Allied Arts Festival of the Arts
4145 Meridian Street, Bellingham

The 37th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts is a five week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. The affordable, locally handmade products range from jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods, and repurposed art.

More Information: www.alliedarts.org

November 25 - 26: Fairhaven Holiday Festival & Art Walk
Fairhaven Historic District, Bellingham

The Historic Fairhaven District is decorated for the holidays! Lighting of the Trees at the Fairhaven Village Green 5 PM Friday. Enjoy the art walk both nights. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the gazebo from 3 PM to 5 PM Friday and Noon to 3 PM Saturday, and horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered on Saturday from Noon  to 3 PM.

More Information: www.fairhaven.com