Those looking for a way to celebrate the holidays with community will want to check out the Holiday Harbor Lights festival December 3 and 4 as Blaine’s downtown fills with activities.
Back this year are a homemade arts and crafts bazaar, the annual tree lighting, concert, community carol sing and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a free horse-drawn trolley and the lighted boat parade put on each year by the Semiahmoo Yacht Club.
Participants can ride a free horse drawn trolley from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4 in downtown, as sponsored by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce.
Then, at 4:30 p.m. the city of Blaine will host its Holiday Harbor Lights Community Tree Lighting at the H Street plaza, featuring caroling with the Blaine high school band and choir performing in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival.
Santa will arrive amidst sirens in a decorated fire truck around 4:45. Santa will take time to visit with tots for pictures and free candy canes at the Blaine Pizza Factory at 738 Peace Portal Drive.
Peace Portal Drive will be closed to traffic from (3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) from H and G streets during the tree lighting festivities.
Also, be sure to check out the lighted boat parade visible from downtown and the pier.
The decorated boats will sail through Drayton Harbor between 5 to 6 p.m. and will also be tied up at the Blaine Harbor visitor dock for viewing before and after the parade for those who want to enjoy a closer look.
Other holiday activities
City-wide activities will include a Christmas Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Blaine Senior and Community Center at 763 G Street on December 3 and 4.
On Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm, the Blaine high school chamber choir will join the NOEL! annual concert at the Blaine performing arts center (tickets call 360/676-5740).
A local holiday tradition, the Children’s Nutcracker Fantasy will be performed by the Blaine Conservatory at 1 p.m. Saturdays, December 4 and 11 at North Bay Christ the King Church (tickets call 360/332-8929).
Visitors may not find reindeer, but they will be able to pet live alpacas at the 6th Annual Winterfest “Art for the Holidays” fine arts and crafts sale, featuring local juried artists December 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at the Loomis Hall Gallery at 288 Martin Street.
Share in the cheer sipping award -winning wines at The Dakota Creek Winery Holiday Open House Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3, 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. located three miles east of Blaine at 3575 Haynie Road.
For more information, call the Blaine Visitor Center at 360/332-4544 or visit the Blaine chamber website: www.blainechamber.com.