A nautical-themed tree at Deck the Old City Hall 2019

Deck the Old City Hall Tree Decorating

We are currently seeking proposals from community members, organizations, and businesses interested in being part of our annual Deck the Old City Hall celebration! From the day after Thanksgiving until the end of December, our iconic building is open to the public free of charge and decked out with garlands, wreaths, and themed decorated trees. We’d love to have you join us.

To submit a proposal for a decorated tree download and fill out the DOCH tree decorator proposal form and return it by email to info@whatcommuseum.org or mail to ATTN: DOCH Tree Proposal, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 15. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified the last week in October. 


Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

Each year, the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum sponsor the “Essence of Bellingham” photography competition in the spring. Digital or scanned entries gathered over the previous year that capture the “essence” of Bellingham are showcased and added to a collection documenting Bellingham and the diverse nature of life in our city and county.  Entries may appear in Whatcom Museum and City of Bellingham publications and in various places such as print, TV, and the Internet. All residents of Whatcom County are eligible to participate with the exception of those called upon to jury the competition.​ Entries will be accepted through May 1, 2021Visit the Essence of Bellingham website to learn more.