As the first day of winter approaches, there are many reasons and many ways to celebrate this week on the North Coast. Shop for locally made gifts, taste the flavors of the season and enjoy the holiday decorations brightening each town.
Get your sugar fix on with Christmas cookies at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Ocean Park. From 4 to 6 p.m., visit the center to buy boxes of cookies made by bakers who brought in their holiday favorites. Each box of cookies is $5.
On the first day of winter, shop for North Coast-made baked goods, teas, coffee, honey, jewelry, art, stained glass, soap, clothing and more at the 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Gift Bazaar. Local artisans and farmers will be at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 21 and 22
There are plenty of opportunities to shop locally this weekend! The Port of Ilwaco is also putting on a Waterfront Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the Salt Hotel & Pub's upstairs event space and at other participating businesses. Local artisans will have many gifts to choose from, and you can get them wrapped right away at the gift wrap booth. The market benefits Ilwaco High School's class of 2020.
Bring in the start of winter at a holiday party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Come make crafts, sip hot chocolate, get your face painted and more. The museum will open at 11 a.m., so you can get a chance to tour the exhibits and see the featured Shipwrecks of the Oregon Coast exhibit before the festivities begin. The gift shop is also planning to offer a 10-percent-off deal on Saturday so you can buy history-related holiday gifts. For more information and to register for this free event online, visit the event page.
December 14 to 23 and December 26 to 30
Celebrate the season in the old-fashioned way at the historic Flavel House Museum in Astoria. The Clatsop County Historical Society is putting on a Holiday Tea and Plum Pudding event from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by for a cup of tea, traditional holiday plum pudding and a guided tour of the festively decorated Flavel House Museum. The price is $12 per person or $8 for Historical Society members, and the organizers recommend that groups of eight or more make reservations ahead of time.
If you're a fan of bright, colorful lights, treats and deals at local businesses, join the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce for the 22nd on 2nd Holiday Festival of Lights. The storefronts in downtown Tillamook will be decked in holiday lights for this event, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m.