Fa-la-la-la-la-low your heart to Ferndale this weekend. The quaint Victorian Village dresses up in its holiday best and turns up the small-town charm during Ferndale Hospitality Night, Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. Stroll the streets, making your way in and out of the shops as merchants serve up free hot cocoa, cookies and cheer.
Santa Claus arrives in the Victorian Village, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Main Street (free). A big red truck drops off the big red guy when Jolly St. Nick arrives by fire truck with bags of goodies for youngsters. Later, the Ferndale Community Choir performs an eclectic selection of sacred and inspiring music from across the centuries and around the world in a Christmas Celebration in Song on Saturday, Dec 1 at 8 p.m. at Ferndale Community Church and Sunday, Dec 2 at 3 p.m. at Church of the Assumption (both free).
One of the area's most beloved holiday traditions (since 1934) is Ferndale's Christmas Tree Lighting taking place this year Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. (free). Ferndale's volunteer firefighters deck the "tallest living lighted Christmas tree" located at the end of Main Street. Enjoy free hot cocoa and homemade cookies. Before (or after) the lighting, swing by Ferndale's Portuguese Hall for the annual Portuguese Linguica & Beans Dinner happening from 4 to 7 p.m. (price TBA).
Bonus! Humboldt Ice Rink is now located in Ferndale at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds and is open Nov. 30 through Jan. 6. Check www.humboldticerink.com for times.