Kick off the holiday season at the North Coast with fun runs, bargains at local shops, winter crafts, festivals and more. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
Start the Thanksgiving festivities with some energizing exercise with the Turkey Trot in Seaside and the Gobbler Gallop 5K in Astoria. The Turkey Trot will begin at 9 a.m. at Quatak Park behind the Seaside Civic & Convention Center. All ages are invited to come out and run or walk for fun. The cost is $10, which includes a t-shirt while supplies last. Register online ahead of time. At the Gobbler Gallop, you’re encouraged to dress up in costumes and silly hats to run along the riverfront starting at 9 a.m. at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Registration starts at 8 a.m. the day of, and the fee is $10 or five cans of food for Clatsop Community Action.
Support local businesses the Friday after Thanksgiving. Shop at Cannon Beach’s stores, galleries and boutiques for Mimosa Madness, the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce’s local alternative to Black Friday. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., participating shops will welcome you with refreshments and special deals.
Small businesses in Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are putting on their own version of Black Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come out to Plaid Friday – a more local, laid-back shopping day named for the idea of weaving the threads of small businesses together into a diverse and creative fabric. Celebrate the holidays with independently owned businesses of the North Coast's community. For more information, contact the Manzanita Visitor’s Center at (503) 812-5510.
November 29 through December 1
Come for a celebration of the season at the Garibaldi Maritime Museum’s Holiday Open House. Sip hot chocolate, munch on cookies and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. You can buy handmade ornaments in the museum’s gift shop, which will offer a 25-percent-off sale. For more information about the open house, contact the event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 322-8411. Be sure to check out more of the Garibaldi Maritime Museum too to discover the region's sailing history from the 18th century.
November 29 through December 1
You can make your own winter wreath at the Tillamook Forest Center this weekend. This workshop explores the many different types of natural materials to use for decorating your home this season. Kids can come along as well to make crafts out of pine cones and other small materials. The price is $17 for making a wreath or $7 for a cone craft, and all materials are included in the cost. The Holiday Wreath Making begins at 11:30 a.m. each day.
Dance, sing and celebrate the winter festival of lights at the Santa Lucia Festival at 7 p.m. this Friday at the Astoria High School Auditorium and Commons. The holiday honors Santa Lucia, who is known for bringing food and drinks to those who were hungry in Sweden during a famine. This festival is traditionally celebrated in Scandinavia on the shortest day of the year, but in Astoria it’s celebrated the day after Thanksgiving. All are welcome to join the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association in celebrating the light of the Christmas season with performances, a carol sing-along, refreshments, dancing and more. Admission will be $1 per person or $5 per family, and proceeds go to scholarships for qualifying high school seniors in Clatsop County. Learn more online.
These are just some of the ways to celebrate the start of the holiday season on the North Coast. Find out more festive things to do on our North Coast Daytime Events page as well as our North Coast Nightlife calendar.