Discover an array of unique gifts strolling through downtown shops and at the Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar Friday & Saturday which will take place at the Blaine Community Center, 763 G Street from 9 am – 4 pm. The Blaine Library Book Sale will also offer treasures for readers both Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Share in the cheer sipping mulled wine & cider at Blaine Bouquet Wine, Flower and Gift Shop, 625 Peace Portal Dr. Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm.
Experience a local holiday tradition of the Children’s Nutcracker Fantasy performed by the Blaine Conservatory on Friday, 7:00 pm at Blaine Performing Arts Center. All proceeds go to the Blaine Boys and Girls Club. For ticket information call: 360-332-8929.
Join in the 1st annual Holiday Lights Dash, a 1 mile fun run, Saturday, starting at 3:00 pm from H Street Plaza. Families and anyone who wants to run or walk are encouraged to take part. Younger children may ride in wagons or pushed in strollers. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday attire. Prizes will be awarded for costumes and for completing the dash. Preregistration fee includes a t-shirt, and a chili feed after the event. For registration and more information: http://www.blaineholidayharborlights.com or 360-656-6416. Proceeds will go to support Let’s Move Blaine! Sponsors are NW Parks and Recreation District 2 and American Legion Post 86.
Reminisce of an old fashioned Christmas riding a horse drawn trolley downtown Saturday between 4:00 pm – to 6:30 pm. Rides are free sponsored by the Blaine Chamber. Afterward you can stay toasty warm around a fire and sing holiday karaoke throughout the evening sponsored by Thousand Trails Birch Bay.
Share in the magic of the annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 pm downtown at Harbor View Plaza (“H” Street and Peace Portal Drive). Come early for free refreshments. Enjoy caroling and a performance by the Blaine School Band & Choir in anticipation of Santa’s arrival by fire struck amidst sirens around 5:15 pm. Santa will take time to visit with tots for pictures and free candy canes at the Blaine Pizza Factory, 738 Peace Portal Drive. Help Santa feed families in need and bring a food item to the tree lighting for the Blaine Food Bank. Peace Portal Drive will be closed to traffic from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm from H and G Streets during the tree lighting festivities.
Marvel at decorated boats sailing through Drayton Harbor between 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and afterward enjoy a closer look down at the Blaine Harbor Visitor Dock where the boats will be tied up after the parade.
Celebrate the events of last year with a concert by the North Cascades Concert Band and the Blaine High School Wind Ensemble who will perform “Remembering 2012” as well music to put you in the holiday spirit at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, Saturday, at 7:30 pm.