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Preserving the past for the future at Pioneer Park

The business and purpose of the Ferndale Heritage Society is to educate the community on the history of Whatcom County, promote Pioneer Park and tourism in Ferndale, WA, and bring together those people interested in preserving history and maintaining the log cabins and collections at Pioneer Park.

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Olde Fashioned Christmas December 1, 2, 2023

 Volunteers of the Ferndale Heritage Society are in the planning stage and will host the 30th annual Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration for the public, Dec. 1, and 2, 2023.

            “Each year visitors come out to share in this tradition”. Organizer Linda Harkleroad. “It’s truly a step back in time as we help you begin your holiday season.”

            Changes implemented in the last two years due to our overcrowding caused by enthusiastic visitors will be part of the event again. After touring the cabins, visitors will venture into the Pioneer Pavilion where all the children crafts, refreshments and a visit to Santa will be happening.   While inside buildings, guests will follow any state mandated requirements if there are any in December. 

            Pioneer Village is home to 15 historic log cabins. Children can visit the one-room schoolhouse to write a personalized letter to Santa or access the template and write those letters prior to attending the event. Deliver those letters to the one-room post office for mailing to the North Pole. Click here to print off the "To Santa Letter Template".

            Shoppers of all ages find inexpensive trinkets for their loved ones at the Parker House cabin, which is now the general store. The stately Shields House offers baking scents, and the Foster house will showcase a huge working model train display. The log church offers quiet reflection time. Gentle giants, known as the draft horses, greet visitors in the Barr Barn.

 Many local entertainers and musicians volunteer their talents for your enjoyment. Only certified service animals allowed within all the fenced areas (Pioneer Village), per City Municipal Code 12.26.010 C. 3.

            Olde Fashioned Christmas is open Fri., Dec. 1 from 4 to 9 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Click here to open the Olde Fashioned Christmas Flyer. Pioneer Park is located at 2004 Cherry Street in Ferndale. For more information, please call (360) 384-6461 or visit


The Ferndale Heritage Society

P.S. Also check out our "Lighted Christmas Stroll Through Pioneer Village"  event. We hope you join us the second and third weekends in December, Friday and Saturday nights, 5 -8pm. Free admission.