Kicking Off Christmas on the Coast with a Robust Festivities Schedule

By Ann Powers | Sunday, November 25, 2018

Hopefully everyone has recovered from their full-belly coma thanks to Thanksgiving and can focus on the fact that means Christmas on the Coast is officially underway! Holiday happiness abounds in the Pacific Northwest from now until the New Year. So, get ready for more festive fun, food and memory-making experiences.

Here are a few save-the-date suggestions just around the corner:

Haystack Holidays welcomes over a month of winter festivities to Cannon Beach. These events and activities hit every interest with dozens of offerings like the Cannon Beach Chorus 30th Anniversary Holiday Concert on Friday, November 30, the Lamp Lighting Ceremony in Sandpiper Square on Saturday, December 1 and pictures with Santa at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce on December 8. See the schedule for each Haystack Holiday event here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo Credits to the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Festival of Trees Gala and Silent AuctionThe Tillamook County Pioneer Museum celebrates its 15th Annual Festival of Trees Gala and Silent Auction on Friday, December 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a hallmark holiday event that also benefits the county's beloved museum - rich with history and tradition throughout the year. A variety of full-sized Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and table-top trees (all expertly decorated with superb seasonal flair) will be auctioned off, along with a selection of other fun and festive items. There's also a delicious and unique menu, thanks to Twins Ranch Catering, and great wine to make this an very merry occasion not to be missed.

Tickets for the Gala and Silent Auction are $35 per person are on sale now at the Museum, 2106 Second Street, in Tillamook. Tickets are limited, so make sure and get yours now. Viewing of the trees starts on Saturday, December 1, at 10 a.m., and continues until 3 p.m. on December 7, when the Museum will close to set up for the party. For more information, call (503) 842-4553.  

All aboard! The Candy Cane Express is back. Take a ride with Santa on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad during weekends throughout December. Stay warm and cozy while sipping hot cocoa, enjoying delicious Christmas cookies and taking in the area’s beautiful views between Garibaldi and Rockaway. Mrs. Claus will be there too as the Prairie 2-6-2 steam locomotive chugs along a three-mile stretch at ten miles an hour. The train will be lit up with Christmas lights and decorations for a cheery glow.

The round trip departs Garibaldi on Saturdays and Sundays at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Trips run to Rockaway Beach before returning to Garibaldi. The Garibaldi Depot is located at 306 American Avenue (on the Tillamook Bay side of Highway 101, across from Dairy Queen and next to Lumberman’s Park).

For information on schedules, ticket prices and more, call (888) 718-4253 or (503) 842-7972 or visit the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad's website.

Photo Credits to North Jetty Brewing

Holidays at the JettyAnd, because Mr. & Mrs. Claus believe in spreading holiday joy, they’ll also be heading to Seaview, Washington for the 5th Annual Holidays at The Jetty, Saturday, December 8, from 12 to 4 p.m. They will be welcomed by North Jetty Brewing for the event. The jolly couple will be available for photos with you and the kids from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be lots of local vendors onsite to help with your holiday shopping for items such as Twisted Biscuits from Vancouver, Beach House Teas and Anna Lena's Fudge among other goodies. Of course, North Jetty has everything needed to quench the thirst of the beer lover on your list, including yourself! Head Brewer Kirk Hurd will be brewing a special firkin of Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout for the occasion. After all, the Christmas 'spiritcomes in many forms - including liquid

And don’t forget, December 27 through 31 is Winter Whale Watch Week on the Coast, a very merry and memorable must-see! Watch as awe-inspiring gray whales and their babies migrate south to their winter feeding grounds. Volunteers gather at numerous high vantage points along the shoreline from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ready to help you spot the majestic cetaceans. Find out more by visiting Oregon State Parks's website or calling (541) 765-3304.

There you have it – just a few events happening along the Coast as the merriment season swings into gear. Check back next week for more holiday happenings. In the meantime be sure to visit our Daytime and Nightlife listing pages to discover additional activities to fill your ‘tis-the-season schedule. 

About the Author Ann Powers
Ann Powers is a reporter and writer who has lived and worked on the Oregon Coast. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and currently working on her master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. Originally from Wisconsin, she now calls Oregon home, describing it as, "the Midwest of the Pacific Northwest," due to its dairy-state status, beautiful environment and friendly people.