Those looking for a way to celebrate the season with poetry, music and song will want to attend this year’s NOEL Celtic classical concert at the Blaine performing arts center.
The concert returns this year at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 3 and will open with several holiday numbers by the Blaine high school’s chamber choir. Tickets are $15 for adults or $30 for families and can be purchased online at www.pacificartsassoc.org
or at the Blaine Visitor Center, Pacific Building Center, or the coffee and gift shop at the Semiahmoo Resort.
For more information, call 360/676-5740.
Holiday Harbor Lights Festival
The city of Blaine has scheduled its annual tree lighting for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4 on the H Street plaza downtown with music, caroling and refreshments. Santa Claus will arrive at 4:45 p.m. and horse-drawn trolley rides will be available between 4 and 6 p.m, followed by a lighted boat parade in Blaine harbor.
School holiday concerts
On Thursday, December 9, and Tuesday, December 14, 7 p.m., the Blaine schools music department will host their annual Blaine Community Christmas Holiday Concerts. The two performance nights will feature Blaine high school groups on Thursday, and Blaine middle school groups on Tuesday.
A collection of food and/or money for the Blaine Food Bank will be collected at the door by the Blaine Fine Arts Association.
Along with the school groups there are three openings in each concert for community soloists or groups to perform.
Individuals who would like to be part of these performances can contact Andrew Harmening at 332-8226.
A Children’s Nutcracker Fantasy
The Blaine Conservatory has scheduled two performances of “A Children’s Nutcracker Fantasy” at 1 p.m. Saturdays, December 4 and 11 at North Bay Christ The King Church at 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road.
The performances will end with a visit from Santa Claus, coffee, tea and cookies. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Blaine.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and are available at the Blaine Visitor Center. Admission is free for children ages 2 and younger.
Semiahmoo holiday program
A special two-hour Christmas program featuring scenes from a selection of Christmas movies is scheduled Wednesday night, December 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the Semiahmoo Resort.
Admission is free, and the event will be hosted in the hotel’s Discovery Theatre by film and TV critic Ron Miller of Semiahmoo, who will be showing films from his private collection.
The program, called “Christmas on the Screen,” is the final event in Miller’s 2010 “Lost Among the Stars” lecture series at the resort. He’ll be showing scenes from “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s A Wonderful World,” “Christmas in Connecticut,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “White Christmas,” and “Home Alone.”
A part of the evening will take a look at celebrations in the most unlikely places, including a World War II submarine, King Arthur’s court and space.
Musical performances include Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” (1942), Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing “Count Your Blessings” from “White Christmas” (1953), Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944) and Eartha Kitt singing “Santa Baby” from “New Faces” (1954).