Window Display Contest
Window displays created by participating local businesses will be voted on by the public and surrounding business owners to win the heart of the community. Stroll the Village, visit your favorite shows, discover new ones and vote for your winning Winterfest window. The winning window will be celebrated with a big gold star that will be displayed for the remainder of the Holiday Season.
The Contest kicks off on Saturday, November 30th and goes through Friday, December 20th.
Each person who votes will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize, a $100 gift card to his or her choice of shops.
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!
Whatcom writers wanted
Submit your holiday story to
Fairhaven Winterfest- Tales of the Season
This year, the historic Fairhaven Winterfest celebrates Whatcom county writers in our first annual “Tales of the Season” event.
Think of your favorite holiday memory and boil it down to between 300 and 500 words. We will select up to twenty stories and poems (divided by age groups) to be honored at the Winterfest celebration which includes a video of a storyteller reading your work, as well as a Village Books publication in 2021. Your story will also be posted on line and in dozens of shops in Bellingham throughout December.
Five tips to keep in mind before you hit SUBMIT:
• These stories are often stronger if they come from your own point of view.
• Get your reader into the story with emotion, tension, conflict, and goals.
• Try to load your story with gripping images your reader can easily visualize.
• If you use dialogue, remember, each line must have a purpose.
• Put it aside, then re-read your story and delete extraneous words.
Submissions from all ages are due by November 14, 2019. $5 entry fee.
What’s your story, Whatcom?
Students from Bellingham High School and Western Washington University will be showcasing their talent at various locations and times in the village serenading you with the magical sounds of the holidays.
'Signs of the Season' Treasure Hunt
Each Saturday, 'Signs of the Season' will be tucked away in eight separate Fairhaven venues. Participants can download a passport, or find your first 'sign' and you can collect if from them. Your passport will be stamped for each Sign of the Season you find. Six stamps are enough to enter the drawing, eight stamps gets you eligible for the grand prize. Three children and three adult prizes will be awarded.
All completed cards turned in at Santa's Mailbox at the Fairhaven Village Green, will be entered into a drawing on Saturday, December 21st.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Each Saturday from noon-3pm, leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn.
A timeless magical holiday tradition - Winterfest is proud to partner with local and family-owned Cramer Classics who offer a lifetime of farming and equestrian experience. A team of four draft Percheron horses lead the carriage each week. From the moment the horses don their harnesses, the excitement they experience is evident as they prance through Fairhaven.
Visit Father Christmas at the Fairhaven Village Inn each Saturday from noon-3pm.
3pm - 5pm
Visit Father Christmas at the Gazebo and tell him your special wishes for the holiday season.
5pm - 8:00pm
Celebrate local holiday and creative spirit.
Historic Fairhaven Association member presents:
Stay tuned for more upcoming holiday events as they develop…
Visit Father Christmas at the Fairhaven Village Inn each Saturday. You may even find Mrs. Claus helping out!
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Each Saturday, leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn, enjoy a 15-minute ride through Fairhaven Village.
Small business owners, crafters and non-profit organizations will be selling holiday themed goods in the Village Green, including warm holiday drinks and foods that are perfect to share with family members or give away as gifts.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor you can find more information and register here.
Buskers and performances
Join us on the Village Green for performances with the Bellingham Circus Guild, BAAY and other local organizations in Bellingham; inluding busking performances by students from Western Washington University and Bellingham High School. Times to be decided.
Bellingham Circus Guild
Jugglers, Acrobatics, Stilt Walkers and Strangely…the Bellingham Circus will be delighting the crowds around Fairhaven and in the Village Green with their unique tricks and amazing acts.
Catch a sneak peak of performers who will be showcased as the infamous rat army in BAAY & OPUS’s unique take on The Nutcracker. Village Green stage.
Bellingham’s very own high school vocal group with an impressive record and enchanted sound will be spreading the holiday spirit with their seasonal favorites and energetic choreography. Don’t miss it! Village Green stage.
Welcome announcement & Countdown
Get ready to make The Village’s Feature Tree GLOW!
Join your neighbors, friends and family as the tree is lit in a carol-sing-along.
WINTERFEST PIANO RECITAL
Christmas and Holiday music from some "little ones" to advanced. Enjoy a wide selection with some more romantic styles celebrating the spirit of the season.
Historic Fairhaven Association Member presents:
FAIRHAVEN WINTERFEST BALL
Celebrate the holiday season and nature’s beauty with an evening full of holiday dancing, catered drinks and delights, and more. Dress your best to dance the night away at Fairhaven’s newest landmark, the Orca Building. Also prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning Northwest nature photography of Peter James.
Tickets are $100, with 100% of profits going directly to Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association to help provide the local Orca Whales the gift of more salmon.
Tickets can be purchased at the Peter James Photography Gallery every day from 11:30-7:00 in Fairhaven’s Orca Building at 1211 Mill Avenue.
Fairhaven FaLaLa Caroling Competition
A joyful holiday music event benefiting the Historic Fairhaven Association and Skookum Kids.
FaLaLa is fun! Join us for one of Fairhaven's most magical and festive nights. This heart-warming event brings people together to enjoy the music of the season.
FaLaLa helps! The event raises funds for the Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) which promotes Fairhaven Village while honoring and preserving its historic character. In 2019 HFA is partnered with Skookum Kids whose mission is to repair the foster care system by eliminating the pain points that make life unnecessarily difficult for foster parents and social workers.
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on the street corners of Fairhaven Village. The top teams then compete in a sing-off on the FaLaLa Main Stage at the Fairhaven Village Green.
There are lots of ways to enjoy Fairhaven FaLaLa! You can savor the music, volunteer to produce the event, or get in on the action and form a caroling team.
Most Creative - Acme All Stars
Most Entertaining - Caroling Cohousers
Most Musical - One Accord
People’s Choice - Whatcom Choristers
We need your help!
It takes many volunteers to bring life to Fairhaven Winterfest. Please join us in creating the wonder and magic of the season. Help with set-up or take down, greet our guests, and share the holiday spirit. Or consider a donation to support our festivities. Thank you so much!