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December

La Conner Holiday Festivities

December 1-31, 2009

Visit La Conner during the Winter Holidays for Breakfast with Santa, Holiday Performing Arts Events, Festive window displays, Art Exhibits, & GIFT BUYING!

Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibit

December thru May 1, 2010

The international fine arts program features outdoor sculptures in Peace Arch State Park's magnificent gardens with some sculptures placed in downtown Blaine. The exhibit features sculptors from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and is held annually. For more information on the Peace Arch Park and Sculpture Exhibit, please visit: www.peacearchpark.org.

Holiday Tree Decorating Contest

December 1-3, 2009

A holiday tree decorating contest is sponsored by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and the Ferndale Downtown Development Association. Local business' and decorating groups need to contact the chamber at 384-3042 to participate. More information to follow or visit: www.ferndale-chamber.com

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 04, 2009

Come down the Chamber (819 Commercial Avenue) to celebrate the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. The town crier, Santa Claus, students from Anacortes High School, Fidalgo and Island View will enrich this celebration with performances. Free pictures with Santa after the lighting. Hot cocoa and cookies from the American Red Cross. Downtown Anacortes, 5-7PM

Concerts on the Cove Christmas Concert

December 04, 2009

Performing Arts Center Coupeville High School. Event start time: 7PM. For more information please visit www.concertsonthecove.org

City Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 04, 2009

Come down and join the Mayor as we do caroling, have cookies & cocoa and mingle with Mr. & Mrs. Claus as we light the city's holiday tree down at the Centennial River Walk, Ferndale, 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM

First Friday Gallery Art Walk

December 04, 2009

First Friday Gallery Art Walk. Come downtown and enjoy the art galleries!! Downtown Anacortes, 6-9PM.

Olde Fashion Christmas

December 4-6, 2009

Hosted by the Ferndale Heritage Society, this event takes place at Pioneer Park. It includes cabin tours, horse drawn wagon rides, pictures with Santa, arts and crafts and refreshments. Children's activities are offered in most cabins. Volunteers are donned in authentic pioneer attire. Christmas 1800's style with refreshments. For more information visit: www.ferndale-chamber.com

Holiday Harbor Lights & Christmas Tree Lighting

December 05, 2009

Come on downtown for a festive holiday celebration viewing Snowman, holiday decorations by local businesses and community groups as they participate in the "Winter Wonderland Holiday Display Contest." Prizes are handed out for the best decorations. Santa shows up for the kid's and boats in Blaine Harbor sail around the harbor with their holiday lights. Makes for a wonderful festive day. For more information on the event, please contact the Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544.

Lighted Christmas Parade

December 05, 2009

Downtown Lynden at Dusk. Please visit www.lynden.org for more event information.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

December 05, 2009

Come to Maple Hall, La Conner and have a pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5th. Starts at 8:30 - 11am. All are welcome! $10 Families, $6 Adults and $3 children.

Community Tree Lighting, La Conner

December 05, 2009

Join us at a community tree lighting at Gilkey Square in La Conner. There will be music, singing, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Many of the shops will stay open later than normal and offer a discount for Locals (Skagit Valley residents). For questions, please contact the La Conner Visitor Information Center at (360) 466-4778. photo courtesy of Goodall Productions, Inc. www.goodall-productions.com

Orcas Island Community Band Winter Concert

December 05, 2009

The holiday season presents a special opportunity for the OI Community Band to get you in the spirit! Join the Band for songs of the season plus other traditional musical favorites. The Band always presents something for everyone...including a desert feast after the show - for free! It's a great time to fellowship with the musicians and your island neighbors - over music and food! Admission by donation suggested but not required. Event times: 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound. For more information, please call: 360 376-2281.

Central Whidbey Chamber 2nd Annual Jingle Trail Run & Walk

December 05, 2009

Run and Walk through Fort Ebey State Park. For more information please contact director@centralhidbeychamber.com

Holiday Gift Market

December 05, 2009

Holiday Gift Market - Three more weekends of Greenbank Farm's Holiday Market continue into December so you can complete your gift shopping in time for your festivities. New vendors each weekend join in with returning vendors to bring a wide variety of art, photography, handmade crafts and gourmet foods to fill the barn, loft and annex! Visit Santa at the Holiday Market Annex in the Jim Davis House. Hours are from 10am - 5pm. Local musicians provide music throughout the market dates. Meet with friends to catch the holiday spirit inside Greenbank's historic barn or and bring the kids to meet Santa!! For info: 360/678-7710 or events@greenbankfarm.com

Greening of Coupeville & Christmas Parade

December 05, 2009

The community celebrates the Christmas and Holiday season! Community Groups walk in the Christmas Parade, carolers sing from the porch or the Anchorage Inn, and all the businesses show their seasonal decorations. Front St. shops open late. Coupeville Main Street at 4PM

Coupeville Arts & Antiques Walk

December 05, 2009
 
Ten of the Best Art and Antique Galleries in Central Whidbey stay open for a collaborative Open House located at most Galleries in Historic Downtown Coupeville at 5PM

Annual Lions Club Parade

December 08, 2009

Downtown Anacortes, 11AM-12PM.

La Conner Lighted Boat Parade

December 12, 2009

"Twas the Lights before Christmas" is the theme of this year's Lighted Boat Parade. The Swinomish Yacht Club will set off for its traditional run from the Port of La Conner, turning south along the La Conner waterfront and ending up in Shelter Bay. This annual event increases in participation and popularity each year! Get your spot along the Swinomish Channel early as you won't want to miss this. Call the Swinomish Yacht Club at (360) 466-4902 or (206) 297-0206 for boat participation info. Event Time: 6:30 pm. For more information please visit: http://www.swinomishyachtclub.org/

Arts Center Christmas Gala

December 12, 2009

Coupeville Arts Center. For more information, please call 360 678-3396 or visit www.coupevillearts.org

West Coast Swing 3-week Series

December 15-29, 2009

Want to learn the Swing with attitude? West Coast Swing can be danced to Blues, Rock, Funk and Pop Music. Beginning and Intermediate Levels. Classes by U and Me Dance. The Majestic, 1027 N Forest St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7:30 PM, Event Cost: $39 or $36 for students, Phone: 360-676-0292, www.uandmedance.com

Wines of the World

December 16, 2009

The Republic of Georgia has some ways of designing wines and concocting recipes that you’re probably not aware of. We guide you through lesser known wine regions of the world complete with according victuals and rituals. Big Fat Fish Company, Fairhaven, 1304 12th St, Bellingham, Event Times: 6:30 PM, Event Cost: $34, Phone: 360-733-2284, www.bigfatfishco.com

Annual (Flotilla) Lighted Boat Parade

December 19, 2009

Up and down Guemes Island. Boats forming a line in Fidalgo Bay outside of Cap Sante Boat Haven. The parade will go up and down the Guemes Channel. Have a boat and want to participate? Contact 360 293-4499. Event is subject to rough weather. Anacortes, 6-9PM.

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