Submitted by Downtown Bellingham Partnership

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) has announced plans for the 2020 holiday season in Downtown with activities ranging from an Online Marketplace, to new Destination Downtown itineraries, to Santa Sightings and more. 

No tree lighting ceremony this year, but Downtown’s Holiday Tree will still shine bright. Photo courtesy Downtown Bellingham Partnership

“This season it’s more important than ever to shop local and support our independent businesses,” says Lindsey Payne Johnstone, Programming Director for the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. “We’ve been working to create opportunities for locals to do this online from the comfort of their home, or plan for safe-spaced traditional holiday experiences in the neighborhood.”

Downtown Online Marketplace

Downtown’s Online Marketplace offers a curated collection of retail offerings. Peruse products from multiple Downtown businesses all in one place

Destination Downtown Itineraries

Destination Downtown Itineraries are being designed to support retailers through the holiday shopping season (and beyond!). Coming soon, the itineraries will feature retailers and also highlight food and beverage businesses, public art, and COVID-safe activities to do Downtown. The itineraries will be available at, with a limited print run to be distributed to select partners.

Shop Small (and Safe!) Saturday

The annual shopping tradition following Thanksgiving will take place on Saturday, November 28th. Downtown shops have followed updated state guidelines and have been working hard to make in-person shopping experiences safe and enjoyable. From implementing extra cleaning and social distancing protocols, to offering private shopping by appointment, businesses are ready to welcome customers. Clothing, comic books, plants, locally made cards, prints and jewelry—there’s something for everyone on the wish list. Shop Small (and safe!) every Saturday this holiday season.

Downtown Santa Sightings

Santa will be at two Downtown locations this holiday season. Kiddos are invited to bring their pre-written letters to add to Santa’s special mail box while waving hello to him from a safe distance.

The first sighting is at Boundary Bay in their “Candy Cane Lane” on Saturday, November 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00pm. Families can get a glimpse of Santa again the following Saturday, December 5th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00pm, in the “Holly Jolly” Bay Street Village lobby. More details here.

Downtown’s Holiday Tree, presented by the City of Bellingham, will shine bright at the Depot Market Square throughout November and December. The festive, annual December Art Walk will take place on Friday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00pm. Details coming soon.

All visitors, residents, and business owners are asked to be responsible for their own behavior and COVID-19 protocols to slow the spread of coronavirus: wear a mask; practice physical distancing and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

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