Shore Acres garden lights up the south coast Nov. 24-Dec. 31 (2011)

At 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, more than 300,000 lights will sparkle with the opening of the 25th Holiday Lights at Shore Acres. The lights are on daily 4-9:30 p.m.  through New Year’s Eve.

Each year, nearly 1,500 volunteers string lights through the seven-acre garden’s shrubs, trees and coastal-themed sculptures. The popular Santa in the Bathtub display returns this year to the delight of everyone. Look for a new display that features a hummingbird with wings that move. Other can’t-miss sculptures include the Shore Acres cranes, a life-size leaping orca and a spouting Gray whale.

The Holiday Lights tradition began with only 6,000 miniature lights. Today,  it’s a community event with local businesses sponsors, volunteer firefighters and entertainers.  The walk-through display is accessible to people with disabilities.  Stop by the Garden House for hot cider, coffee, punch and cookies.

The event is free, but you will need a state park day use parking permit ($5 daily). For an in-depth look at the Holiday Lights preparation, watch this Grant’s Getaways, filmed in 2009.

Shore Acres State Park
Friends of Shore Acres
Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau

Posted on November 16, 2011, in event, state parks and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Are there any musical performances scheduled this year?

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