Christmas trees decorated with an assortment of items

November 8, 2022
Beloved Holiday Tradition, Deck the Old City Hall, Returns this Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, Nov. 1, 2022—The holidays return at the Whatcom Museum with Deck the Old City Hall, a beloved tradition and community event. Beginning Friday, Nov. 25, the community can enjoy a variety of themed, decorated trees in the Rotunda Room, weekly craft-making activities and dazzling decor in our historic building. Visitors can get into the holiday spirit at Old City Hall Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, noon-5:00 p.m.

“The Whatcom Museum is delighted to continue our favorite holiday tradition for its 10th year of holiday cheer and community celebration,” executive director Patricia Leach said. “We look forward to offering free admission for our events in our beloved 1892 Old City Hall building.”

The themed holiday trees in the Rotunda Room will be decorated by community volunteers and the interior of the building will be decorated with garlands and wreaths. Visitors can also celebrate the holiday season on Saturdays in December during “Handmade Holidays” at Deck the Old City Hall with a drop-in activity. On Dec. 3, experience the suspense of gift-giving with crafts that celebrate the joy of surprise. Spruce up your tree by making ornaments on Dec. 10. Finally, Dec. 17 marks the return of Scherenschnitte, the intricate German art of paper cutting. Supplies will be provided, and participation is by donation.

In addition to these festive activities, the Community Ukulele Players will offer a free performance, “Songs of the Season,” in the Rotunda Room on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1:00 p.m. This group of 24 local ukulele players and singers will delight the audience with standard, and unusual holiday songs.

Admission to Deck the Old City Hall, Handmade Holidays and Songs of the Season is by donation. Proceeds help support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs throughout the year.