November 24

3pm - 5pm

Father Christmas

At the Gazebo.

5pm - 8:30pm

Holiday Artwalk & Open House

You are invited to visit our neighborhood shops and restaurants that are sharing the works of emerging and professional artists in the spirit of the holidays.

November 25

Noon - 3pm

Father Christmas

At the Fairhaven Village Inn.

Horse Drawn Covered Wagon Rides

Rides are free and leave regularly from the Fairhaven Village Inn. Line wait time can vary but it will be worth it! 

Noon - 5pm

Holiday Market

At the Village Green. Non-profit organizations and local merchants will offerholiday themed gifts and services for all ages. The magic of the holidays will be felt as we create a winter market square in the heart of the Village. Entertainment on the Main Stage is suitable for the entire family during market hours and leading in to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Street Corner Musicians

The Village will be alive with the sounds of the season. Musicians will rotate every half hour to four different designated spots. Holiday Buskers!


Tree Lighting with Carols

Village Green, with tree being located between Village Inn and 1 Paperboat. Pre-lighting entertainment by the Bellingham Circus Guild beginning at 4pm. Celebrate in holiday spirit with the entire community as we Light Up Fairhaven!

5pm - 8pm

Holiday Open House

Just like Friday, local shops & restaurants will be extending hours to make the shopping season merry & bright! Come and enjoy cookies, hot cider, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and more.

Festivities Ongoing through December 23

Every Saturday

Find the Elves Treasure Hunt

Each SaturdayFather Christmas’s eight "elves" will be tucked away in eight separate Fairhaven venues. Participants can collect a passport from Village Books, that will be stamped for each elf they find. All completed cards (turn in at any location that hosts an elf) will be entered into a drawing on Saturday, December 23rd.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Each Saturday from noon-3pm, leaving from he Fairhaven Village Inn.

Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas at the Fairhaven Village Inn each Saturday from noon-3pm.


Window Display Contest

NEW to Fairhaven this year! The Historic Fairhaven Association has partnered with Sustainable Connections' “Buy Local for the Holidays” program to ask for your vote of most festive windows in Fairhaven. Window displays created by participating local businesses will be voted on by the public, Mayor of Bellingham, and surrounding business owners to win the heart of the community. Visit Sustainable Connections for more information and how to vote.

Write a letter to Father Christmas

Children will be able to leave letters for Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailbox located on the Village Green stage with the forest of trees. Father Christmas's "Fairhaven Elves" will spirit the letters away for his perusal – but we hear they will sometimes sneak photos of the envelopes before delivering them, and they will share these on the Historic Fairhaven Facebook page – so be sure to keep watch!