Whatcom Museum celebrates holiday spirit with Deck the Old City Hall
With Thanksgiving behind us, now is the time to finally get into the holiday spirit. Whatcom Museum’s Deck the Old City Hall aims to do exactly that.
From Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, Old City Hall will be adorned with garlands, wreaths and over 20 trees for the event’s fifth annual celebration. A wide variety of activities will be held as well, including a holiday cocktail party and visits with Santa.
Christine Ham, Whatcom Museum’s membership and visitor experience supervisor, said the event’s inclusiveness is the key to its longevity.
“It really draws in the community,” Ham said. “Different community members volunteer to decorate a tree, so it brings in people from all faiths, all across the community.”
Admission to the event is by donation, although admission to the museum’s Lightcatcher Building will be regularly priced. Colton Redtfeldt, the museum’s marketing assistant, said that all proceeds will go toward future museum programs and exhibitions.
The Deck the Old City Hall Cocktail Party will be held at 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Old City Hall. Wine, appetizers and music will be provided, and guests are encouraged to dress up and wander about the decorated building. The event is 21 and up, and tickets are $50 per person, available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/3139702.
For families interested in seeing the big man up north, Santa will be making an appearance from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sundays Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, in the Rotunda Room. Families can take a picture with Santa next to the big holiday tree, all of which is included with donation.
Other activities children’s holiday tree for decorating, and visits with Wally the Mouse, the museum’s mascot. Children can take photos with the mouse by the big holiday tree in the Rotunda Room from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. This event is also included with donation.
Jude Williams, co-chair of the Deck the Old City Hall Festival, sees the event as a way to give thanks to the community.
“It’s a thank you because it’s free,” Williams said. “People can come bring up their families, their relatives, and this building is free, and that is really a gift back to the community.”
Deck the Old City Hall is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Admission is by donation.