Wondering where you can find some holiday magic this year on Oregon’s South Coast? We’re so glad you asked!
November is here and cool autumn days will soon give in to the festive holiday season. Our “Holiday Event Roundup” features some of the upcoming events you’ll find here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast this 2017 holiday season. Visit our Events Page for more up-to-date listings of local events.
27TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT FUN RUN & WALK
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 9:00 am
Coos Bay, OR- Empire Lakes. Entry fee is 2 or more canned food items. Race starts at 9am, pick your own distance. For more information call Barbara or Tim Young at (541) 404-6241. Hull Street & Newmark Ave – www.southcoastrunningclub.org
THANKSGIVING BUFFET AT THE MILL CASINO
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
North Bend, OR- Savor roast turkey and all the trimmings, side dishes and dessert from our own bakery; or enjoy bayfront dining with one of the holiday specials in the Plank House Restaurant. Thanksgiving buffet will be presented in Saw Blade Buffet for $23 or in the Salmon room for parties of 6 or more. Reservations for large parties are strongly encouraged. www.themillcasino.com
31st ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT SHORE ACRES
Daily Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Eve
Charleston, OR- Famous for its beautiful 7-acre botanical gardens and Japanese lily pond. The gardens shine with over 325,000 lights, lighted sculptures and walk-through displays. 4pm – 9:30 pm every night Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston, Oregon; just west of Coos Bay ($5 parking fee per vehicle). www.shoreacres.net
DOWNTOWN COOS BAY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Friday, November 24th, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Coos Bay, OR – Santa will arrive in Coos Bay by Tugboat to the Teen Idols singing Carols. Santa and the mayor will light the tree and then Santa will lead the children to the Egyptian Theatre where they can tell him their wish list. There will be a free screening of the beloved Christmas movie “Elf” at the Egyptian Theatre immediately following (details below).
SANTA RETURNS TO THE HISTORIC EGYPTIAN THEATRE
Friday, November 24th, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Coos Bay, OR – Follow Santa from the Boardwalk after the tree lighting and stay for a FREE screening of “Elf”. Bring NEW socks made into “snowballs” for the annual “snowball fight” with them during the snowball fight scene. The socks will be gathered after the movie and donated to local homeless shelters. Movie will start around 7:30 p.m.
LITTLE THEATRE ON THE BAY PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS STORY- THE MUSICAL”
November 24th- 26th & Dec. 8th – 17th
North Bend, OR- Little Theatre on the Bay presents a musical version of the beloved holiday classic film, “A Christmas Story”. Follow the adventures of Ralphie, his family and a young boy’s dream to get a BB-gun for Christmas. For more details or ticket info, please visit thelibertytheatre.org.
SHOP SMALL SATURDAY CIDER STROLL/NOGGIN’ ALONG
Saturday, November 25th (During Business Hours)
Coos Bay, OR- Collect a mug for every $100 you spend between November 11th and November 24th from downtown Coos Bay Retailers and Restaurants (save your receipts!) Mugs can be used to visit participating downtown Coos Bay Businesses to get a cup of cider or Egg Nog. Certain restrictions apply. See retailers for information or visit www.coosbaydowntown.org (541) 266-9706
FESTIVAL OF TREES
November 28th, 2017-December 5th, 2017 (Live Auction)
North Bend, OR- Each year, The Mill Casino invites local businesses, individuals and organizations throughout the community to sponsor and decorate a tree or wreath for a worthy cause. All decorated trees and wreaths will be auctioned off in a live auction event held at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at The Mill Casino•Hotel. All proceeds from The Festival of Trees will benefit Coos Bay~North Bend Rotary Club programs including Shots for Tots and Teens, The Women’s Safety and Resource Center, Kids HOPE Center and End Polio Now. FREE ADMISSION. Visit www.themillcasino.com for info.
LITTLE THEATRE ON THE BAY PRESENTS “CHRISTMAS OPRY”
December 1st-3rd, 2017
North Bend, OR- Little Theatre on the Bay presents “Christmas Opry”, a festive holiday variety show featuring a live band, local singers, and dancers. This upbeat production is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! For more details or ticket info, please visit thelibertytheatre.org.
DOLPHIN PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS “INSPECTING CAROL”
December 1st-17th, 2017
Coos Bay, OR- A down-on-their-luck professional theater company has one last chance to secure foundation funding with their production of “A Christmas Carol”, but the production doesn’t go as planned. For more details and ticket info, please visit thedolphinplayers.webs.com
DOWNTOWN COOS BAY WINE WALK
Friday, December 1st, 2017 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Coos Bay, OR- Do a little holiday shopping and browsing in the many downtown shops as you enjoy wine tastings in participating businesses. Wine glasses and maps available with a $10 donation to benefit local non-profit organizations each month at the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center. Click here for more details.
COOS HISTORY MUSEUM & MARITIME COLLECTION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & ARTISANS MARKET
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Coos Bay, OR – Enjoy a Free Day at the Museum in addition to a Holiday Open House and Artisan’s Market. Exhibits and museum store open all day featuring a select group of artisans for holiday shopping and hands-on craft activities for the young and the young at heart! Artisan’s market and kids’ activities will end at 3 pm, but the museum will remain open until 5 pm. Visit cooshistory.org for more information.
HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Charleston, OR- Learn to create a variety of beautiful Oregon coast inspired ornaments at The South Slough Reserve. All supplies are included but you are welcome to bring any of your own beach treasures to incorporate into one of the projects. Meet at the South Slough Interpretive Center. $20/person. Space is limited. For questions call: 541-888-5558 ext. 126. Click here to sign up online.
BUS JAM TOY AND FOOD DRIVE
Saturday, December 2nd, 10am-3pm
Coos Bay, OR- Come out and support K-DOCK Radio & Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary and help them fill busses at Coos Bay & North Bend Bi-Mart Stores, Bandon US Cellular and Coquille Community Center with toys and food so children can have a merrier Christmas!For more information, visit www.busjam.org.
NORTH BEND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 5:45 pm
North Bend, OR- Santa arrives in the famous old fire truck full of colored lights, bells and a siren on December 14th at the North Bend Community Center! Stick around for music, activities, and the annual tree lighting ceremony. Call (541)756-8500 for more information.
HOLIDAY KAYAKING TRIP ON THE ESTUARY
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 10 am-3 pm
Charleston, OR- Experience rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. During the five-mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFD’s, lunch and water. Driver and shuttle will be provided. Click here to register online or call 541.888.5558 ext. 126 for more information.
ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 7:00 pm
Coos Bay, OR- Harmony United Methodist Church (formerly First United Methodist Church) will once again host their annual Christmas Cantata Service on Christmas Eve at 7:00 pm. The church is located at 123 SE Ocean Blvd in Coos Bay. This is a free event but food donations for the Food Cupboard are gladly accepted. Call the church office for more information at 541-267-4410.