Annual park traditions spread holiday spirit (2010)
Silver Falls Christmas Festival, Dec. 11-12
Make your own gingerbread house or birdhouse at the 33rd annual Christmas Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. You also can make your own decorations, including wreaths and festive ornaments each day. Local music, including tunes by the RoundHouse Band, and storytellers telling wintery tales by the historic South Falls Lodge’s rustic fireplace add even more spirit to the occasion.
Silver Falls State Park
Cape Blanco Victorian Christmas Open House,
Dec. 18-19 & Dec. 26-29
Cape Blanco’s Hughes House, built in 1898, is an example of ornate Victorian architecture. Volunteers from local communities, however, make it more so after decorating most of its 11 rooms for the holiday open house. This year’s decorative theme is “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.” The open house hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for both the Hughes House and the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon coast.
Cape Blanco State Park
Heceta Head Victorian Open House, Dec. 11-12 & Dec. 18-19
The Heceta Head Lighthouse will be open for guided tours 4-7 p.m. The historic Keeper’s House next door will be decoratively lit, plus you can enjoy music and refreshments inside. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance each evening between 5-6 p.m.
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
Lighthouse Keeper’s House
Tryon Creek Winter Solstice, Dec. 21
Nature is the decorator for the annual Winter Solstice celebration. After taking guided nature hikes from 4-6 p.m., you can warm up with goodies from a Dutch oven and other refreshments in the park’s Nature House. Register online at www.tryonfriends.org if you want to attend.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Shore Acres Holiday Lights, through Dec. 31
Day-use parking permits are required at both Silver Falls, Heceta Head and Shore Acres, otherwise all events are free.