Oregon Coast Welcomes Holiday Art Shows and Markets

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The further we get with improvements in manufacturing, the more value handmade gifts have. Unfortunately, we were not all born with crafty genes. I for one couldn’t make a handmade Christmas ornament unless a bunch of elves were helping me, and even then those poor little poppets would have their work cut out for them. Websites like Etsy capitalize on creating a bridge between the crafty and the craft-challenged, but there’s nothing like seeing potential purchases in person, not to mention meeting the people who made them.

The inaugural Oregon Coast Artisans Market will be happening in Lincoln City from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through May 11, 2020, and will feature jewelry, bath and beauty products, blankets, clothing and edible treats. 

With roughly 18 full-time vendors and others who attend more sporadically, there is plenty of variety in both products and producers. 

“We are pretty much sold out of spots,” said organizer and vendor Geneva Campitelli. “We really have a lot of amazing people on this coast making beautiful things to wear or use and good things to eat.”  

Though the fair will be fairly regular, Campitelli recommends checking ahead for the occasional blackout dates caused by events at the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation's Community Center, such as swim meets.

Coming soon, Handcrafted Holidays, a special edition of the market on November 30, will help you get in that holiday mood.

“There’s lots of cool stuff coming for the holiday events,” Campitelli said. “There will be similar items to our regular market, but it’s really going to be geared toward things people would buy as gifts.”

And for the next few weeks, some other special holiday-themed craft fairs and bazaars will keep you hopping while you do your Christmas shopping. Get them on your calendar: 

Waldport Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar

Community Presbyterian & Waldport Foursquare | Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23

Enjoy a free, hot breakfast both days, a lunch option, baked goods and handmade gifts from local crafters alongside a free Christmas photo shoot from the Moose Lodge in Waldport. Both days' events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of North Bay St. and NW Huckleberry St.

Coronado Shores Beach Club Holiday Bazaar

Coronado Shores Beach Club in Gleneden Beach | Sunday, November 24

Find arts, crafts, baked goods and other delights for sale at the Clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is organized by the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce

Holiday Studio Sale

Lincoln City Cultural Center | Saturday, November 24

Browse pieces from glass mosaic artist Joanne Daschel and science illustrator Nora Sherwood while enjoying some holiday-inspired snacks. This event will be held at the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Handcrafted Holidays

Lincoln City Community Center | Saturday, November 30

Follow up Black Friday with Small Business Saturday. Check out these local, independent vendors at this holiday market and craft fair during your hunt for gifts for friends and family. Oregon Coast Artisans Market presents this event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

60th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cloverdale | Saturday, December 7

Features handmade gifts, unique gift baskets and a raffle for a handcrafted quilt. Make sure to bring your camera as Santa will be there from 10 a.m. to noon. Edible treats to help you keep up your energy whilst browsing include homemade fresh cinnamon rolls, famous polish dogs and sauerkraut. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 34560 Parkway.

Are you a crafty person? Share a favorite thing you made or bought in our comments section. For other things to do on the Central Coast, check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment, our Nightlife page steers you to the top happenings on the Central Coast.

About the Author Gretchen Ammerman
Gretchen Ammerman received an Environmental Science degree from Humboldt State University and was soon running a state environmental agency in Hawaii. She gave it up for the glamorous life of the freelance writer. This led to steady employment as a newspaper editor in Lincoln City, OR, where she knew she was doing well when the paper was threatened with a lawsuit within a week. Though the work was rewarding, she returned to freelance writing to have more freedom to explore the beautiful state of Oregon with her adopted dog, Scout.