Season’s tidings (2014)

Come to an Oregon State Park to celebrate the season.

Shore Acres Holiday Lights


Each year, volunteers and local businesses help string the 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.

Camping (yurts at both!) is available at Sunset Bay State Park and nearby William M. Tugman State Park.

Watch for an early December story of a first-time visitor’s impression and more photos.

Champoeg Holiday Gathering

Dec. 6
1-4 p.m.
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

Dec. 6-7
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

Dec. 13
5-7 p.m.
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

Dec. 13-14
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.


Posted on November 20, 2014, in event, state parks and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. friendsofthedredge

    We love Shore Acres! (hope the next OPRD conference is there! 🙂

  2. Last year we said, “Next year.” Thank you for posting the dates. My calendar is next!!!

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