Holiday happenings in Birch Bay
The holiday season has officially begun, and Santa has made his way to Birch Bay, where he partakes in an annual event and several businesses have geared up for holiday shopping.
Each weekend, now through January 4, Santa and his holiday friends are featured at a 10-acre train ride event at the Miniature World Family Fun Center at 4620 Birch Bay - Lynden Road. What is dubbed as a train ride under one million lights, riders wind through 10 acres of forest passing a nativity scene, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Frosty�s House and Santa�s workshop. Free hot cocoa and cookies are available.
Tickets are priced at $4.75 per person and all ages can participate in the event, running between 5 and 9 p.m. The event runs Friday through Sunday, and the entire Christmas week except for December 24 and 25. For more information, call 371-7700.
Last weekend was the first annual �Buy Local Day� throughout Whatcom County. Keeping that angle in mind, we at The Northern Light have gathered up some holiday gift giving ideas in Birch Bay.
A good meal or two. Whether you�re looking for fish and chips, or a romantic meal near a burning fireplace, Stephani�s Restaurant on Birch Bay Drive is an excellent start. In addition to being one of the top spots in the community for summer drinks and food, you can also find nice dining during the winter, including Christmas Eve and New Year�s Eve meals. Dry Dock, a few doors down, also has a fine selection of food and drink and will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year�s Eve, as well as Bob�s OK Corral.
Mind, Body and Spirit. Present your loved one with a holiday gift certificate for wellness based treatments at Seaside Wellness Studio, where several offerings for the mind, body and spirit can be discovered, including massage therapy, reflexology, hydrating mask, aromatherapy, and foot spa therapy. Seaside can be reached at 371-3302 and is located at 4880 Beachcomber Drive in the Trendwest building.
Wash the dog. Wash the dog? At Dirty Dog Wash, at 7868 Birch Bay Drive, dog owners can visit a place where both full service pet styling and self service pet bathing is available. Gift items, stockings and stocking stuffers for your best canine friend can be found here as well. Gift certificates are also available for the special pet in your life!
Unique gifts. Head to the Birch Bay Collectibles and Coffeehouse at the corner of Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive, where an overall friendly atmosphere meets you every time. Find everything from a best-seller book to paintings from local artists to baseball cards to E.T. trinkets from the 1980s. Also a great place to relax and have a cup of coffee (try sitting in the book room) and a sandwich.
Flowers and more. You�ll find beautiful poinsettias, wreaths, winter pansies, live Christmas trees and more at the Birch Bay Garden Center on Lincoln Road. The center is also holding a Christmas Fair through December 14, where patrons can find handcrafted items made by local artisans. In nearby Custer, Van Wingerden also offers a nice selection of garden plants and materials, but also has clothing, tools and equipment, books and magazines, and other items.
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. If yummy chocolate in different shapes, sizes and colors is what you seek, then head to the C-Shop. Their locally famous almond butter toffee, fudge, peanut brittle, peanut butter yumms and more are waiting for you. Prices range from $4.75 to $19.95 and mailing and wrapping is available. If interested in any of this, you�ll have to call in advance however, as holiday hours are limited. They can be reached at 371-2070.
Horses. Ask most young girls what they�d like for Christmas, and a lot would say a pony. For those who wish to engage their children or loved one in horseback riding activities and knowledge of the equine sport, try getting involved with local riding entities. Sunset Farm, a Whatcom County Park, located on Blaine Road, started up under new management last fall and offers riding trails, limited riding opportunities, stables, and more. Peace Arch Equestrian Center on Birch Bay Lynden Road also offers equine opportunities.
Peace Arch outlets. There are still good bargains to be found at the outlet center, ranging from books to gear for cooks, so go and take a look. For clothing and shoes, head to Van Heusen, G.H. Bass & Co., Fashion Ventures, and the Shoe Pavillion. Kitchen Collection features a variety of gift ideas for that special cook in your life, and nearby is Book Warehouse which almost always has sales.