$25 for one-year day-use parking permit
December is “good deal” month at Oregon State Parks. From Dec. 1-31, visitors and gift-givers can save $5 on the 12-month day-use parking permit. Parking fees are required at 26 Oregon state parks, and cost $5 per day, unless you have a 12 or 24-month pass. The 12-month pass is on sale for $25 – regularly $30 – in December.
“This makes a great gift,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) spokesman Chris Havel. “And with $5 off, it’s also a big bargain.” The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle, making them a versatile value in today’s economy. OPRD also offers a 24-month pass, priced at $50, that Havel said is “always a good deal.”
The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon Coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30–regularly $35–in December.
The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits, coastal passports and OPRD gift certificates can be purchased by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center, 1-800-551-6949. Callers may use debit or credit cards that have VISA or MasterCard logos.
Walk-in customers can buy the OPRD permits at major OPRD offices, some state park friends’ group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. Permits are also available from vendors statewide. The coastal passports are sold at some coastal state parks, federal agency offices and local vendors in several coastal communities.
Shore Acres Holiday Lights
now thru Dec. 31, 4-9 p.m.
The Shore Acres garden is open each evening festooned with 300,000 lights arranged on dozens of sculptures, including a life-size orca and gray whale, as well as 26 large holiday trees. Visit the decorated Garden House for refreshments and stop by the Performance Pavilion for holiday entertainment. Last year, more than 47,000 visitors saw the light display. Event is free — $5 day-use parking fee. Shore Acres State Park and Friends of Shore Acres
Champoeg Holiday Gathering
Dec. 7-8 , 1-4 p.m.
All ages are invited to share in the simple joys of an old-fashioned holiday celebration. Volunteers in period clothing will help children and their families make sugar plums, decorate gingerbread, play 19th-century games and create holiday decorations. An annual family tradition for many folks! Event is free — $5 day-use parking fee. Champoeg State Heritage Area and Friends of Historic Champoeg
Tryon Creek Holiday Forest Market
Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
From wonderful hand-woven basketry to tasty, local honey to decorative hand-thrown pottery and beautiful wood cutting boards, there is something for everyone on your list at the Holiday Market. All proceeds from this event benefits the Friends of Tryon Creek’s education and restoration programs. Event is free! Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Friends of Tryon Creek
Silver Falls 36th Annual Christmas Festival
Dec. 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The South Falls Historic District is transformed into a Christmas wonderland featuring decorated trees and thousands of lights. Enjoy the sound of the holidays with music provided by local musicians and choral groups. Families can grab a cookie, a warm drink, and gather around the fireplace in the South Falls Lodge to hear seasonal stories each afternoon. Be sure to join in the make-and-take projects such as holiday cards, gingerbread houses, festive ornaments, wreaths, nature crafts and more. Visitors can also help make the holidays better for local families by bringing a canned food donation benefiting local food banks. For a detailed event schedule, visit the Friends of Silver Falls blog. Event is free — $5 day-use parking fee. Silver Falls State Park
A Night of Christmas at Collier
Dec. 14, 6-8:30 p.m.
Join us for family fun in the cookhouse where you can make craft ornaments and cards and listen to live Christmas music featuring Wampus Cat. Meet J.R. Beaver and write a letter to Santa! Event is free
Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center – Christmas in Waldport
Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m.
Bring the entire family along (dogs too!) for this free event, which includes face painting, photos with Santa, live holiday music, decorated dog contest, and much more! Beach bonfire at sunset, weather permitting. From 7-8 p.m., walk over the historic Alsea Bay Bridge with a complimentary glow stick as a park naturalist gives a guided tour on the history of the bridge and the Waldport area. Be sure to bundle up for the weather! Glow sticks available first come. Meet at the Interpretive Center on the south end of the bridge. For more information on both events, call (541) 563-2133. Event is free! Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center