FERNDALE, Wash. — The Ferndale Heritage Society, faced with not being allowed to hold their annual Olde Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Park due to COVID-19 mandates, have announced they will be decorating the cabins with bright holiday lights and Christmas decorations and opening the park for the public to stroll through for free.
The park will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 8pm between December 4th and 19th.
Guests are encouraged to bring cameras to take advantage of a holiday theme photo backdrop at the Barr Barn lean-to while the park is open on these dates.
The recently installed ADA-compliant 5-foot wide concrete paths through the park will provide a nearly weatherproof route for everyone.
While Santa will be not on hand this year, there will be an opportunity to mail prewritten letters to him via the Santa mailbox located by the Barrett Post Office in the village. The letters are required to have the sender’s name and a legible mailing address on them to ensure Santa’s responses get delivered.
Click the download button for a printable letter to Santa template provided by the Ferndale Heritage Society.
In a normal year, the first weekend in December, the village at Pioneer Park in Ferndale would
have been opened to guests during the Olde Fashioned Christmas event. Due to covid restrictions, that
event isn’t allowed to take place this year. Instead, volunteers of the Ferndale Heritage Society will host
a “Lighted Christmas Stroll Through Pioneer Village” event. This first-time event is a “giving back
to our community” labor of love after the restricted year we have all endured.
Guests will be asked to maintain physical distancing as they walk the paths. Face coverings will be required per city guidelines organizers said. “It’s truly a step back in time as we help you begin your holiday season.”
Pioneer Park is home to 15 historic pioneer log cabins that have been relocated to the park and is a primary tourism destination for Ferndale. Since 1935, the Whatcom Old Settlers Association has moved over a dozen abandoned pioneer structures, many built in the 1800s, to the 4-acre park. In 1972, the Association turned the property over to the City of Ferndale to be operated as a public park. Prior to being forced to close by COVID-19 mandates this year, the park has been open annually from mid-May to mid-September for guided public tours led by volunteers in pioneer attire.