Season’s tidings (2014)
Come to an Oregon State Park to celebrate the season.
Shore Acres Holiday Lights
Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
4 -9:30 p.m.
Shore Acres State Park
Stroll through the garden wreathed with 300,000 lights arranged on sculptures, trees and shrubbery. Look for the life-size leaping orca and gray whale. The 28th annual event includes a bed & breakfast raffle, music and refreshments. The event is free. Day-use parking is $5. Visit the Friends of Shore Acres website for more information.
Watch for an early December story of a first-time visitor’s impression and more photos.
Champoeg Holiday Gathering
Champoeg State Heritage Area, Visitor Center
Join us for an old-fashioned French Prairie Christmas featuring 19th century ornament making, wreaths and decorations. Try your hand at popcorn and cranberry stringing and cutting out paper snowflakes. Music guests include Heart Strings and a reenactor makes an appearance as Dr. John McLaughlin playing Father Christmas. The event is free. Day-use parking is $5
Tryon Creek Forest Market
10 a.m-4 p.m.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Nature Center
Featuring arts and crafts created by local artisans. Browse the selections of turned wood bowls, bags, hand thrown pottery and wood cutting boards. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Tryon Creek education and restoration programs. The event is free.
Alsea Bay Candlelight Bridge Walk
Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center
Come for the music, face painting, dog costume contest, guided bridge walk and more. If the weather is good, head to the beach for a bonfire. Schedule Sponsored by the Waldport Chamber of Commerce. The event is free.
Silver Falls Christmas Festival
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Day-use Area
Make your own wreath and bird boxes at the 37th annual Christmas Festival. You also can make your own decorations, including gingerbread houses and festive ornaments. Local music includes tunes by the RoundHouse Band, bagpipes player James Haskell, Livingstone Adventist Academy Handbells and the Muller Family Choir. Get cozy around the historic South Falls Lodge’s rustic fireplace and listen to wintry tales by Gordon Munro. See the schedule at the Friends of Silver Falls blog. The event is free. Day-use parking is $5.