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The Best of Bellingham in the Winter

Christmas in Bellingham

The quaint area of Bellingham has activities and outdoor adventures to do year-round, and the holiday season is no exception. There are several exceptional holiday activities to enjoy in Bellingham in December. Like any small community, the magic of the holidays overwhelms Bellingham. Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure in the snow or a cozy Christmas activity complete with Christmas music, there is an activity for everyone. Below are just a handful of Best of Bellingham in the winter!


If you have been looking forward to snow-packed mountains since the snow melted off in August, look no further. The snow is here, and that means that winter alpine sports are kicking up for the season. If you are looking to head up to the mountain to go Skiing or Snowboarding this season, head to MT. Baker. Mt. Baker offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the Pacific Northwest. In 2020, Mt. Baker Experienced the deepest snowpack in the United States and had an excellent alpine season.

With runs for all levels from beginner to expert, there is a place for the whole family to enjoy. If you are new to skiing or snowboarding, consider signing up for lessons. Mt. Baker Ski resort is near Bellingham in the Cascade Mountain Range.

Alpine Hiking

One of the most incredible winter activities to do in the Pacific Northwest is to go see the Larches. Larches are a type of tree that turn golden in the Late Autumn and early winter. Their needles turn golden as they die because the tree is withdrawing nutrients from them to save for the winter. Larches are popular because beautiful snowcapped areas turn golden in September, October, and early November with these unique trees.

While there are many Apline hikes to see the Larches in Washington State, there are several that are close to Bellingham. In the North Cascades, Maple Pass Loop, a 7-mile trail, is a beautiful larch location. Blue Lake is a 4.5-mile hike that leads you to a frozen lake in the wintertime and has a beautiful display of larches. Cut Throat Pass, a more difficult hike at a 10-mile round trip, also has an excellent larch view. These hikes are often covered in snow in late October, so be prepared.

Christmas Tree Farms

Finding a Christmas tree is arguably one of the most essential activities of the holiday season. Bellingham and the surrounding area in the foothills of the North Cascades is home to dozens of Christmas tree farms. There is plenty of trees to choose from and many local Christmas tree farmers to support.

Alpine Meadows Christmas Tree Farm

The Stremler Family has been running the Alpine Meadows Christmas tree farm since 1982. The farm is located just outside Bellingham in Deming, Wa, and is open during November and early December every year. This family-owned business is excited to help you find the perfect tree for you and your family. This is a U-cut Christmas tree farm, so get ready to take home a fresh tree!

Christmas Tree


Holiday Port Festival

The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event that is held during the first weekend of December. There is a number of community events and other activities to do, such as Performances by local choirs, bands, and dancers. There is a gingerbread house display and free cookies and hot cider during a normal year. For kids, there is always an area to visit with Santa, and there are often horse-drawn, and tractor wagon rides. The exact dates for this event change yearly, so make sure to check in with the port of Bellingham’s website to find out this year’s dates.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

If you are looking for an exciting day trip from Bellingham, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in British Columbia, Canada, is exceptional! This suspension bridge park is lit up with Christmas lights every year in December and is complete with hot cocoa stands, Christmas music, and more. While the main suspension bridge is exciting, there are also many bridges in the forest from tree to tree that are fun for the whole family to explore! Make sure to bring your passports and warm clothes for this adventure.

Fairhaven Winter Fest

The Fairhaven Winter Fest is a community-driven event that creates a sense of magic for the holiday season. With lights under the winter sky, shops, holiday music, and more, this is an excellent evening activity in December. Part of this Fest is a lighted Bike parade where anyone can sign up and decorate their bike in lights and ride through Fairhaven Village. There is a window decorating competition for the businesses in Fairhaven and plenty of holiday cheer.

Fairhaven Firelight Stroll

The Firelight stroll is a part of Fairhaven’s Winter Fest. This quaint holiday tradition has plenty of small-town Christmas spirit to go around and is something you don’t want to miss. Starting in front of First Federal at 10th and Harris, everyone in the community gathers for a Christmas stroll. The surrounding streets are decorated with lights and other Christmas decorations, and there is often the soft lull of holiday music playing as your walk. This half-mile stroll is a great family activity! Grab your hot cocoa and your winter coat for this winter wonderland activity.

Holiday Market by the Sea

The holiday Market by the Sea is an indoor Market that features homemade soaps, candles, pastries, jam, coffee, and more. This event is located in Blaine, Wa, and happens in late November and December. If you are looking for last-minute Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers, the Holliday Market by the Sea is an excellent place to support local vendors for the holidays.

The Bellingham Clever Neighbor is happy to bring you the best recommendations on activities for every season. Check back in soon to find out what the best spring activities are in Bellingham.

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