5th Annual Deck the Old City Hall a Great Way to Get into the Holiday Spirit

By Colton Redtfeldt, Marketing Assistant

Some of the many trees on display at the Old City Hall during Deck the Old City Hall

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, look no further than Whatcom Museum’s Deck the Old City Hall. From November 24 to December 31, Old City Hall will be decked for the holidays for its fifth annual celebration. More than 20 decorated trees will be on display, along with garlands, wreaths, and more. There will be a variety of events to participate in as well, such as a holiday cocktail party and visits with Santa.

Admission to Deck the Old City Hall is by donation (regular admission applies to the Museum’s Lightcatcher building). The Museum offers admission by donation as a seasonal gift to the community, so there’s no need to worry if your wallet is a little slim from holiday shopping! Proceeds from donations benefit Museum programs and exhibitions.

Families interested in visiting with Santa can see him at Old City Hall on Sat., Nov. 25, Sun., Nov. 26 or Sun., Dec. 3, 12:30-2:30pm in the Rotunda Room. Visitors can take photos with Santa by the big holiday tree, and bring their wish lists to find out if they’ve been naughty or nice. This event is included with donation.

To kick off the month of December, the Museum will host the Deck the Old City Hall Holiday Cocktail Party, on Fri., Dec. 1, 5:30-8pm. Guests can dress up for the evening and enjoy wine and appetizers, peruse the decorated building, and dance to the beats from the DJ’s playlist. The event is 21 and over, and tickets are $50 per person, available online at: brownpapertickets.com/event/3139702.

Lori Clough, Museum Advocates co-chair and a co-sponsor of the cocktail party said, “Many people come back (after the party) and bring their families the following week. That makes me feel like we are doing our part by showing off this iconic historical masterpiece that keeps our history and artifacts safe.” Lori adds that this will be her fourth year as a sponsor and she feels she and her husband are “making a difference one party at a time!”

People gather during Deck the Old City Hall’s 2016 Cocktail party.

A few other family-friendly activities include a children’s holiday tree for decorating, and visits with Wally the Museum Mouse, the beloved Museum mascot. Take photos with this big, friendly mouse by the big holiday tree in the Rotunda Room on Sat., Dec. 2 or 9, 12:30-2:30pm. This event is also included with donation.

The Museum invites everyone from the community to visit Old City Hall, enjoy the decorations and exhibits, and get into the holiday spirit!

Deck the Old City Hall is open Wed. – Sun., Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, noon – 5pm at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street. Admission is by donation.

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