For those not into the frenzied atmosphere of early-morning Black Friday shopping, there are other options for those who still want to get an early start on the holiday list.
Fairhaven will have its annual Holiday Walk About on 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27.
More than 20 retailers will be offering artist demonstrations, live music contests and treats, said Annette Bagley of the Old Fairhaven Association. An official holiday lighting event will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26.
“Shopping and dining in Fairhaven on Black Friday is all about having a leisurely and heartwarming experience at an enjoyable pace,” she said.
One of the artists featured at this event is Ben Mann, who will be working on a painting at A Lot of Flowers on Nov. 26.
“Having the artists explain how they do their work is a fun opportunity for people; it’s become a very popular event,” Bagley said.
Downtown Bellingham retailers will focus its holiday event at the art walk event, held 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Called the Winter Win-dow Walk, businesses will put together special window displays and hosting other events. Holiday brochures showing participants and activities will be available next week at participating businesses, at the downtown visitor center at 1304 Cornwall Ave. or at downtownbellingham.com.
Throughout downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven it’ll also be Buy Local Week, with more than 200 businesses offering deals to raise the awareness of independent businesses. Buy Local Week, put on by Sustainable Connections, runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5.