State parks spread holiday cheer! (2011)
Champoeg Holiday Gathering
Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m.
Friends of Champoeg costumed volunteers greet you at the Visitor Center for a celebration of the season! Make seasonal treats & put greens together for a swag for your door. Listen and sing along to favorite holiday music by Heartstrings. Event is free. $5 day-use parking fee.
Champoeg State Heritage Site
Tryon Creek Holiday Forest Market
Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join the Friends of Tryon Creek at the Visitor Center for their sixth annual holiday sale. Regional artists and vendors offer artwork with a nature and sustainability focus. Local naturalist and advocate Mike Houck will sign his recently released book “Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine” from 1-3 p.m. both days. Event is free.
Market gifts & wares
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Silver Falls Christmas Festival
Dec. 10-11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Friends of Silver Falls decorate the South Falls Lodge for this annual tradition. Holiday crafts—make a wreath, a gingerbread house, cards and ornaments. Storytelling and live music. Special appearances by J.R. Beaver and Santa. Event is free, although some crafts may have a material fee. $5 day-use parking fee. For more information, call 503-873-8681 ext. 21 or 503-874-0201.
Silver Falls State Park
Cape Blanco Hughes House Holidays
Dec. 17-18 & 26-27, 11 a.m-4 p.m.
This year’s theme for the historic Hughes House decorations is “Let It Snow.” Constructed in 1898 for a dairy farmer, the Hughes House is an ornate, two-story, 11-room ranch home. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Event is free.
Cape Blanco State Park
Shore Acres Holiday Lights
Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Buffet at Silver Falls Conference Center
Contact the Conference Center at 1-866-575-8875 for more information and to make reservations. Reservations encouraged.
Winter Whale Watch Week
Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Join trained volunteers at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites to spot Gray whales during the winter migration. The volunteers are on duty 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help you see the whales and explain why they migrate. Look for a Go Guide story in December.