HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2011

Whether you’re a little bit traditional or a little bit unconventional, a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, a little bit naughty or a little bit nice, you’re sure to find something to light up your holiday spirits on The People’s Coast. Check this month’s list of activities and special offers. Check it twice. Then head out over the river and through the woods to this magical place where you’ll always feel right at home.

You want lights? We’ve got lights! This month Shore Acres State Park in Charleston will be aglow with more than a quarter million of them! We’ve got tree-lighting celebrations in North Bend and Old Town Florence. A “decorated Christmas dog” contest and bridge walk in Waldport. And, oh buoy – the annual Lighted Boat Parade in Newport! Yo, ho, ho, ho, all you salty dogs!

Traditionalists will want to head for Newport to experience the 19th Century holiday traditions celebrated by the families of the Yaquina Head lighthouse keepers or to Coos Bay to immerse themselves in the Victorian-era decorations at the historic Old Tower House B&B.

Florence will showcase performances of the classic ballets “The Nutcracker” and Beatrix Potter’s “Tales for the Holidays.” Charleston will host their annual Christmas Train Display, while Reedsport will celebrate 50 years of homespun fun during its Annual Holiday Bazaar. And what’s more traditional than a shopping spree for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at the Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook?

Those of you who like to think outside the gift box will want to consider treating friends and family to a Hot Apple Cider Kayak Tour of one of the water trails in Tillamook, the “Dead in the Sled” murder mystery dinner in Florence or the Chute Out Bull Riding competition in Gold Beach. Holy cow!

Mosey on over to North Bend for the Little Old Opry’s “Christmas Winter Wonderland” performance or saddle up in Florence for the Pam Tillis concert at Three Rivers Casino. If that’s not music to your ears, swing into North Bend for a big band, Dixieland and soft rock concert or dance the night away at the New Year’s Eve Party at the Mill Casino. We bet you can still party like it’s 1999!

Don’t want to dance? Learn how to make donuts or small Italian plates at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City. And remember, you can watch your weight or watch for Santa, but don’t forget to watch for the volunteers who can help you spot an ocean behemoth during Winter Whale Watch Week up and down The People’s Coast.

Looking for a deal? There’s a mid-week special at Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach, a holiday special at Garibaldi House Inn in Garibaldi, a four-for-three deal at Pacific Reef Resort in Gold Beach, a Holiday Shopping Package at Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City, a New Year’s Eve Celebration Package at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City and free shuttle service to Shore Acres State Park is included when you stay at the Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park.

We bet all these holiday activities are starting to make some of you feel a little stressed out. Well, relax! Just in the Saint Nick of time, the Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City is unwrapping their Relax and Unwind package, complete with a couple’s massage. The Coastal Comfort Package at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda will calm your spirits with an in-room fireplace, hot cocoa and shortbread cookies. You’ll also find a cozy relaxed atmosphere at the historic Coos Bay Manor B&B in Coos Bay, safe haven at Beachcomber’s Haven Vacation Rentals in Gleneden Beach and very accommodating pet-friendly accommodations at Shorepine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City.

Wherever you go and wherever you stay for the holidays, you’ll always feel right at home on The People’s Coast.


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Need a little help figuring out the perfect holiday adventure on The People’s Coast? Look into our free Mile-by-Mile Guide to the Oregon Coast. It may not be written by actual elves, but it is a real Santa’s helper when it comes to putting together a merry holiday journey.

Featured Events

Little Ole Opry’s Country Christmas Winter Wonderland in North Bend

An evening of knee tap pin, toe stomping songs and dance. The comedy team will split your sides with their usual off-beat humor that little Ole Opry has made famous. This event usually sells out, so make your reservations soon! Little Theatre on the Bay, 2100 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Call for more information. All tickets are $12.
December 2 – 4, 2011; Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm
For more information visit www.ltob.net or call 877-756-4336

50th Annual Reedsport Holiday Bazaar in Reedsport

Reedsport Holiday Bazaar Celebrates 50 Years of Homespun Fun! Quality gifts, homemade treats, handcrafted folk art, clothing, jewelry and more will fill the tables just as they have for 50 years in a row! Located at the Reedsport Community Bldg. 495 Fir Ave.
December 2 & 3, 2011
For more information visit www.reedsportcc.org or call 541-271-3495

Yaquina Head Victorian Holiday Celebration in Newport

The Bureau of Land Management’s Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area will host a Victorian Holiday Celebration. Relive the 19th century holiday traditions that were celebrated by the families of Yaquina Head lighthouse keepers; games, music, ornament making, historical crafts, tree decorating and refreshments. Admission to the park is free and a 15 percent discount will be given at the Yaquina Head Interpretive Center Store.
December 3, 2011; 10am – 4pm
For more information visit www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina or call 541-574-3100

Annual Lighted Boat Parade in Newport

Come enjoy the annual Lighted Boat Parade at dusk on December 3. Proceeds from this event benefit the Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation and is one of the kick-off events for the Festival of Trees. Passengers can get their tickets through Marine Discovery Tours at 541-265-6200 $33 each adult/$15 for kids 4 and up. Participating vessels can register through the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club or Marine Discovery Tours. Parade is open to any lighted watercraft; commercial, recreational, charter, power, sail, kayak, jet ski, or otherwise. Look on the YBYC website for registration form or pick one up at Marine Discovery Tours or True Cut Engraving. On shore, you can find great places to view the parade along Newport’s Historic Bayfront and throughout South Beach. Dress for the weather or make reservations now at your favorite restaurant with a view.
December 3, 2011; 5pm – 7pm
For more information call 541-265-6200 or 541-265-9326

Florence Holiday Festival in Old Town Florence

Enjoy an old fashioned holiday season each day near the banks of the Siuslaw River. Festivities include a tree lighting ceremony and the arrival of Santa Claus on December 3rd.
December 03 – 11, 2011
For more information visit www.florencechamber.com/events/index.shtml or call 541-902-9091

Italian Holiday Small Plates Demo in Lincoln City

Celebrate the holidays Italian-style…using local ingredients, and paired with Italian wines at The Culinary Center. The menu includes: Caramelle di Zucca con Sugo di Anatra (squash ravioli with duck ragu), Insalata di Finocchio e Arance (fennel and orange salad), Gamberi (shrimp with sun-dried tomatoes and winter herbs), Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Gorgonzola Dolce with Roasted Pears and Chestnut Honey. Cost: $50, including meal and wine. The Culinary Center in Lincoln City
801 SW Hwy. 101 – Suite 401.
December 3, 2011; 11am – 2pm
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/culinary-center/ or call 541-557-1125

Beatrix Potter: Tales for the Holidays in Florence

Join dancers from the Ballet Fantastique Company and The Academy of Ballet Fantastique for a lovely winter adventure with the charming, whimsical characters of Beatrix Potter. Event Admission: $16; $12 youth. Located at Florence Events Center.
December 04, 2011; 3pm
For more information visit www.balletfantastique.org/company/events.php or call 541-997-1994

Pam Tillis Live in Concert in Florence

Come out to Three Rivers Casino to see Pam Tillis perform live. Event Admission: $24.99, $19.99
December 8 & 9, 2011; 8pm
For more information visit www.threeriverscasino.com or call 541-997-7529

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration in North Bend

Festivities start at 5:45 at the North Bend Community Center. Santa arrives at 6pm to help Mayor Wetherall light the Christmas tree. Complimentary photos of your child on Santa’s lap will be available and 2 bicycles will be given away, children up to the age of 12 are eligible. Oregon Coast School of Music will be providing entertainment throughout the evening and you’ll be able to enjoy beverages and treats from Sozo’s Tea & Coffee House.
December 8, 2011; 5:45pm
For more information call 541-756-4613

Gold Beach Chute Out (Bull Riding for local food banks) in Gold Beach

Besides great deals on cozy waterfront rooms, fresh Dungeness crab, piping hot chowder, whale watching, storm watching, golf, horseback riding on the beach, museums, gallery strolls & myrtle wood factory tours, Gold Beach will host a ‘Big Time’ Bull Riding & Barrel Racing Event to help fill the pantries of our local food banks. The ‘Gold Beach Chute Out’ will take place December 9th & 10th at the Event Center on the Beach. Gates open at 5:00pm with Bull Riding at 7:00. Food, fun and live music are all part of this exciting event for a great cause. Bring non-perishable food items and receive a discount on your tickets. Visit Gold Beach in December and ‘Chute the Bull’ with us to help stop the hunger!
December 9 & 10, 2011
For more information visit www.goldbeach.org or call 800-525-2334

Christmas in Waldport & Annual Bridge Walk in Waldport

This event begins with Santa arriving by fire truck at 5:00 pm at the Waldport Visitors’ Center/Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretative Center, milepost 156 on the central Oregon coast; includes a “decorated Christmas dog contest”; hot dogs, chips, cookies & hot chocolate; Coast Wind Ensemble and the annual “Bridge Walk” from about 6:30to7:00pm
December 10, 2011 beginning at 5:00 pm
For more information visit www.waldport-chamber.com or call 541-563-2133

Dead in the Sled: Ho Ho Ho…OH NO! Murder Mystery Comedy in Florence

Event Admission: $45
Join us at the Florence Events Center for another original Poison Pen Players comedy murder mystery dinner theater event and see if you can figure out WHODUNNIT! Tickets include dinner, dessert, laughter and at least one murder!
December 10, 2011; 7pm
For more information visit www.poisonpenplayers.com or call 541-999-9281

Big Band Swing, Oregon Coast Lab Band, Evolution in North Bend

Little Theatre on the Bay. 2100 Sherman Ave, North Bend. Call or visit website for advance ticket information. The always popular Lab Band, Evolution performs the “Big Band” sounds including vocalists, with satellite specialty bands performing Dixieland and soft rock. Open seating.
December 10, 2011
For more information visit www.ltob.net or call 541-751-0221

Hands-on Doughnut Workshop in Lincoln City

You’ll learn to make the basic raised and cake doughnuts, then we’ll have fun with some variations and toppings. Cost: $50. The Culinary Center is located at 801 SW Hwy. 101 – Suite 401.
December 10, 2011; 1pm – 4pm
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/culinary-center/ or call 541-557-1125

Eugene Ballet presents The Nutcracker in Florence

A true holiday delight enjoyed by children and adults. See this Christmas classic performed with the traditional dances at the Florence Events Center.
December 21, 2011; 7:30pm
For more information visit www.eugeneballet.org/nutcracker-2011.html or call 541-997-1994

All Night New Year’s Eve Party at The Mill Casino Hotel in North Bend

Mill Casino Hotel Dance party in the Salmon Room starting at 9pm, with midnight champagne toast and balloon drop or get down with live music in Warehouse 101. Tickets on sale now!
December 31, 2011
For more information visit www.themillcasino.com or call 541-756-8800

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

Oregon State Parks – Park Pass Sale

From December 1st – 31, park-goers can save $5 on the state park passes & permits!
The state park 12-month day-use parking permit required at 26 Oregon state parks, regularly $30, is on sale for $25 in December and makes a great gift. Parking permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle, making them even more of a value in today’s economy. The Oregon Coast Passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon Coast. The coastal passports, regularly $35 , are on sale for $30.

The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits and coastal passports can be purchased, along with other gift possibilities such as gift certificates, by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center.
December 1 -31, 2011
For more information visit www.oregonstateparks.org/dayuse_permit_vendors.php or call 1-800-551-6949

“Hot Apple Cider” Kayak Tours in Tillamook County

One of the best ways to discover the beauty of this area this holiday season is to book a “Hot Apple Cider” kayak tour with Kayak Tillamook County on of one of the local water trails. Whether your interest is in birding, history, or just enjoying the beauty of nature, a fall or winter kayak tour can be a surprisingly comfortable, relaxing and memorable experience. For more information, go to
Now – March 31, 2012
For more information visit www.kayaktillamook.com or call 503-866-4808

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres in Charleston

Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago Highway, famous for its beautiful 7 acre botanical gardens and Japanese lily pond. The gardens shine with over a quarter million lights. 4pm – 9:30pm every night.
Now – December 31, 2011; 4pm – 9:30pm – Nightly
For more information visit www.shoreacres.net or call 541-888-3732

9th Annual Christmas Train Display in Charleston

More than 200 little buildings representing the small towns of Coos County. Complete with fishing village, dairy barns, farmer’s market, casino and more. Charleston Rural Fire Department, 6pm-10pm nightly. 92342 Cape Arago hwy. If the building’s dark, don’t leave! The lights in the train room are kept off so that visitors can see the displays better. FREE to the public, coffee and cookies available.
Now – December 24, 2011
For more information visit www.OregonsAdventureCoast.com or call 541-888-3268 or 541-269-0215

Holiday Shopping at Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook

Decorated for Christmas! A great place to find that special bottle of wine for the evening, or that unique Christmas gift you have been looking for. The Blue Heron boasts a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts, select wines, northwest, domestic and imported cheese, old fashioned candies, and Tillamook Ice Cream. It is also a great place for lunch. The Blue Heron French Cheese Company is located just off of Highway 101, at 2001 Blue Heron Drive, Tillamook, Oregon 97141.
Open daily from 8am – 6pm
For more information visit www.blueheronoregon.com or call 800-275-0639

Winter Whale Watch Week on the Entire Coast

Visit trained “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers at designated sites all along the Oregon Coast.
December 26, 2011 – January 1, 2011; 10am – 1pm
For more information visit www.WhaleSpoken.org

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Land’s End Motel – Mid-Week Special in Cannon Beach

Holiday shopping in Cannon Beach? If the answer is yes, then you should take advantage of our Mid-week special – Stay 2 or more nights and receive a 25% discount on your stay, Sunday – Thursday.
Now – April 2012
For more information visit www.landsendmotel.com or call 503-436-2264

Garibaldi House Inn – Holiday Special in Garibaldi

Make this holiday season one you will always remember by adding a visit to the Garibaldi House Inn to your holiday tradition. Stay two consecutive nights, at our regular low winter rate, and we will give you the third consecutive night free – as our holiday gift to you! This offer is not good with any other discount or promotion, and is valid only if you book direct by phone 877-322-6489, and mention the Holiday Special. We will also give you a free upgrade if a larger room is available when you check in. We’ll have the pool and spa heated, the fire going and your room ready when you arrive.
Now – January 31, 2012
For more information visit www.garibaldihouseinn.com or call 877-322-6489

Inn at Cape Kiwanda Holiday Coastal Comfort Package in Pacific City

We have put together a special holiday package that is sure to make this season cheerier for you! This package includes a two-night stay in your choice of room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda (all have a fireplace to warm your toes), two Inn at Cape Kiwanda coffee mugs, tin of Moonstruck Hot Cocoa, McTavish Shortbread cookies, and a $25 Your Little Beach Town gift card, accepted at Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Pelican Pub & Brewery, and Stimulus Espresso Café. This great package is only available for reservations made for stays between November 1st and December 30th. Jump online or call to find out the current rates for this “comfy” package!
November 1 – December 30, 2011
For more information visit www.InnAtCapeKiwanda.com or call 888-965-7001

New Year’s Eve Celebration Package in Pacific City

Join us in celebrating the beginning of a New Year! Package includes two nights in an ocean view room, two tickets to the Pelican Pub & Brewery’s New Year’s Eve Celebration & Dinner, a chilled bottle of champagne, beer, or cider, and party favors.
December 30, 2011 – January 1, 2011
For more information visit www.InnAtCapeKiwanda.com or call 888-965-7001

Shorepine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City

Shorepine Vacation Rentals offers over 35 fully furnished and equipped beach houses, just minutes from the surf, sand, and memories! Bring the whole family to enjoy our houses that can accommodate up to 13 people! Pets are more than welcome in almost half of our rental units to ensure you get your favorite unit and not just the “pet friendly” ones. All through December you can stay for 3 nights and receive your 4th night free! Call and mention this offer to receive your discount!
Applicable to new reservations, booked after 11/15/11 and completed between 12/1/11 and 12/31/11
For more information visit www.ShorepineRentals.com or call 877-549-2632 or 503-965-5776

Let’s Go Holiday Shopping! – Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City

Package includes: Oceanfront Lodging for two, Dinner for two, Bottle of Champagne in your room upon arrival, Discount Coupons for Tanger Outlet Center in Lincoln City. One night package starts at $ 175, plus room tax. Shop ‘ till you drop at more than 60 stores at the Tanger Outlet Center in Lincoln City.
Then return to the Inn, relax, take in the ocean view and enjoy a leisurely dinner at Fathoms, our penthouse ocean-view restaurant and lounge. There’s no better way to shop.
Give the Gift of Time at the Beach – Choose a Unique Gift Package or Gift Certificate by the dollar amount.
Now – June 2012; Valid Sunday – Friday
For more information visit www.SpanishHead.com or call 800-452-8127

Beachcomber’s Haven Vacation Rentals in Gleneden Beach

Spend a few days at the beach doing some relaxed shopping on the coast. Or escape the madness in the Valley and just relax by the ocean! Stay at Beachcomber’s Sunday-Thursday 2 nights for $150.00 plus tax for 2 people!
Now – December 2011
For more information visit www.beachcombershaven.com or call 800-528-5533

Coho Oceanfront Lodge – Relax and Unwind Package in Lincoln City

The Coho Oceanfront Lodge has a perfect package called, “The Relax and Unwind Package”, for all those looking to enjoy the Storm watching season from the comforts of the indoors. With the package, guests choose between an Oceanfront Queen Studio and Oceanfront King Fireplace Suite. A single 1 hour massage is included with the Oceanfront Queen Studio unit and costs $120 / night plus tax, and a couple’s massage is included with the Oceanfront King Fireplace Suite, and costs $187 / night plus tax. This package also comes with unlimited DVD rentals for the duration of your stay. The offer is valid 11/1/11 through 5/31/12 – Sunday through Thursday not including holidays/city festival dates/Spring Break. 2 night stay minimum required at promotional price. This promotion is based on availability and subject to change.
Now – May 31, 2012
For more information visit www.thecoholodge.com/packages or call 541-994-3684

Coos Bay Manor B&B in Coos Bay

Located in a lovely residential neighborhood. Historic building and area, close to Mingus Park. Mannerly pets and children over age 4 welcome. Second floor balcony, stately high ceilings and large rooms. Regular rate is $135 per night or $220 per night for the family suite. Warm Christmas theme with 20 ft tree in the entry. Entire house decorated in period attire.
Now – December 2011
For more information visit http://www.coosbaymanor.com or call 541-269-1224 or 800-269-1224

Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park in North Bend

Experience over 200 well-appointed rooms and suites in our Tower and Lodge, Las Vegas-style gaming excitement, five excellent dining venues and live entertainment – all with a great view along scenic Coos Bay. Amenities include WiFi connectivity, a business center, and indoor pool, hot tubs on our bayside deck and a fitness center. Modern meeting facilities, banquet catering and group services are available.
Free Nightly shuttled trips to Shore Acres to see the Holiday Lights, Festival of Lights & Festival of Trees on property, Thanksgiving and Christmas Buffet!
Now – December 2011
For more information visit www.themillcasino.com or call 541-756-8800 or 800-953-4800

The Old Tower House B&B in Coos Bay

Historic building remodeled to reflect its history, oldest building in Coos Bay. Right across from the bay.
Where Christmas and history come together. Entire house is decorated with a Victorian theme. Large tree in the parlor with smaller trees throughout the house. Banister is decorated with lighted garland and bows.
For more information visit www.oldtowerhouse.com or call 541-888-6058

Pacific Reef Resort – 4 for 3 Special in Gold Beach

We would like to extend a special, limited time offer to our most valued guest – YOU! By staying three consecutive nights you will get the fourth night FREE. The best news of all: it applies to all rooms including our Luxury Ocean Front Rooms, Condos and Beach Lovers Cottage! In order to take advantage of this special please call our front office. Now you can really unwind and enjoy the Oregon Coast for an extended period of time. Come Relax Explore and Create at Pacific Reef in Gold Beach, Oregon.
Days exclusions are: Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas Eve & Day, New Years Eve and Day. This offer cannot be combined with other promotions or coupons.
Now – January 31, 2012
For more information visit www.pacificreefresort.com or call 541-247-6658

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