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Central Oregon Coast Calendar: Holiday Events for Yachats, Waldport and Newport


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Central Oregon Coast Calendar: Holiday Events for Yachats, Waldport and Newport

Heceta Head Lighthouse becomes ethereal this month

(Oregon Coast) – These cities by the sea will be shining extra brightly for the season, as Yachats, Waldport and Newport will get glittery throughout December and in winter. From celebrations at the grand lighthouse just north of Florence, readings with celebrity David Ogden Stiers, to festivals of lights and trees, the central coast will show off a particularly colorful side.

This roundup of events runs from December through February, and includes festivities near Florence and in Toledo as well.

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Lincoln City Vacation Homes Something for everyone: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes – ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.

December 1 - 9: Festival of Trees. Holiday festival gala. Best Western Agate Beach Inn. Newport, Oregon. 541-574-4864.

December 1: 8th Annual South County Needy Children's Christmas Auction. Waldport, Oregon. 541-563-2889.

December 1: Lighted Boat Parade. A dozen boats get gussied up innovative designs of light and parade around Yaquina Bay. Along the Historic Bayfront. Some spots available on these boats for the public. 541-865-6200.

Oregon Coast Aquarium's Sea of Lights

December 1: Oregon Coast Aquarium's Sea of Lights. Guests will enjoy holiday music and children can talk to Santa and have their photos taken. Admission is two items of food for Oregon Food Share, a new toy or pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or $2 for adults and $1 for kids. 6:30 p.m. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-3474. www.aquarium.org

December 1 & 2: "Winter Wonderland." Christmas Boutique & Craft Fair - unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted gift items by local artisans. Sat. 9 to 5. Sun. 11 to 5. Elks Lodge 2105 (lower level). 45 SE John Moore Road & Hwy 20, Newport, Oregon. 541-265-9226.

Newport's Lighted Boat Parade

STARFISH POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com

December 1 & 2: Yachats Ladies Club 79th Annual Christmas Bazaar. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch available). Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (no lunch available). Yachats Ladies Club House. 286 W 3rd St. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3205.

December 1 & 2: A Little Nutcracker, Oregon Coast Ballet Company. A short and sweet family version of a holiday classic. 7 p.m. Admission Adults $12 - Seniors/Student $10. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 West Olive Street. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-ARTS.

December 2: Annual Christmas Concert at the Little Log Church Museum. Featuring the Campanas Del Mar Handbell Choir, Matt Olsen on the hammer dulcimer, Glen Olsen on the old pump organ, songs and flute by Dianna Bettega, and a Community Christmas carol sing led by Marcia Wilcox. Admission is Free. Refreshments served after the program. 2 p.m. Little Log Church Museum, W 3rd & Pontiac St. Yachats, Oregon.

Lots to see and do in Yachats this month

Lincoln City’s only resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.

Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.

Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

December 6: Yachats Big Band. Grab your dance shoes or come as you are. Community concert/dance, 1st Thursday of the month. Smoke & alcohol free environment. 7 – 9 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101, Yachats.

December 7 – 24: Appalachian Ebenezer. Christmas tale with a new twist, performed by Red Octopus Theatre Co. 8 p.m. Performed on weekends. Admission Adults $14 - Seniors/Students $12. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 West Olive Street. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-ARTS.

December 8: Toledo's Hometown Holiday. Throughout the town just east of Newport. 541-996-9419.

December 8: Art Deco Film Series: "Top Hat" (1935). Dress in art deco style and get half off! Fred Astair & Ginger Rogers musical features an Irving Berlin score. 7 p.m. The Ark, 453 SW Coast Hwy. Newport, Oregon. 541-574-3333. www.citycenternewport.com

Walk across the Alsea Bay Bridge on Dec. 15

December 8 & 9: Heceta Lightstation 12th Annual Victorian Christmas Open House. Candles and caroling under the stars at Heceta Head Lighthouse. 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Just north of Florence, Oregon.

December 9: Wishes and Candles, performed by Central Coast Chorale. 7 p.m. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 West Olive Street. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-ARTS.

December 11: Literary Flicks - A Christmas Carol. The famous film for the holidays, this 1938 version of the story will be shown in the McEntee Meeting Room. 6:30 p.m.
Newport Public Library. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

December 15: Christmas Bells are Ringing. Program of festive holiday music, images and readings. Featuring The Yachats Village Ringers, and English Handbell Ensemble. Free admission. 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the Yachats Ladies Club. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 & W 5th St. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-4821.

Newport's Yaquina Bay

A1 Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses – from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces, beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.

December 15: Alsea Bay Bridge Candlelight Walk, candles and carols over the bridge in Waldport. 541-563-2889.

December 15: Tree Lighting, Santa Arrives and Decorated Pet Parade – in Waldport. 541-563-2889.

December 15 & 16: Heceta Lightstation 12th Annual Victorian Christmas Open House. Candles and caroling under the stars at Heceta Head Lighthouse. 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Just north of Florence, Oregon.

December 19 – 24: Holiday Readings with David Ogden Stiers. All dates include Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; adaptation by John W. Lowell. Also on this performance, Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales." 7 p.m. Ticket charge. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 West Olive Street. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-ARTS.

Whales will sort of be celebrating the holidays at the end of December: they'll be showing up in great abundance, anyway

December 26 - January 1: Whale Watch Week. Volunteers help you spot whales all along the coast. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. (541) 765-3304. www.whalespoken.org

December 26 - January 1: Whale Activities at the Hatfield. Various events go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public marine mammal class is scheduled for 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Hennings Auditorium. Whale Tales/Storytelling with Barb Kellay begins at 2:30 in the Resource Room. Daily updates on migrating gray whales will be posted on the Information Board. Marine Mammal videos will be shown in the Auditorium. Special marine mammal displays and exhibits are featured throughout the Center. Gray Whale calf skull preparation and articulation demonstration at 11 ­ 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 Marine Science Dr. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0100. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/

oregon coast lighthouses on dvdJanuary 8: Literary Flicks - Breakfast at Tiffany's. Based on the Truman Capote's novella of the same name, this 1961 version of the story will be shown in the McEntee Meeting Room. 6:30 p.m. Free. Newport Public Library. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

January 12: Art Deco At The Ark. Film Series: "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.” Dress in art deco style and get half off! Scientists the world over keep disappearing without a trace, it's up to reporter Polly Perkins & top aviator Sky Captain to find out the truth. The Ark, 453 SW Coast Hwy. Newport, Oregon. 541-574-3333. www.citycenternewport.com.

January 12: January Flotsam Fest. Kim Raum-Suryan:Sea Lion Entanglement (11:30). Skye Moody "Washed Up" at 1:30 p.m. (book signing). Display case of flotsam, jetsam, and wrack. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 Marine Science Dr. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0100. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/

Agate Beach, Newport

January 19: Jack Hart, managing editor at the Portland Oregonian, and author of A Writer's Coach, published in 2006. 7 p.m. Admission $5; free to students. Open Mike follows. Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, Oregon.

January 26: Newport Symphony Orchestra. Scheduled: Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36. Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Suite. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Excerpts from The Snow Maiden. Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnole, Op. 34. Ticket charge. 7:30 p.m. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 West Olive Street. Newport, Oregon. 541-265-ARTS.

February 16: Elinor Langer, journalist and non-fiction author. Her award-winning book, A Hundred Little Hitlers, is about the 1988 Portland skinhead killing. Co-sponsored with Mountain Writers Series. Open mike follows. 7 p.m. Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, Oregon.

D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River. Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players; movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.

17 lavish, beachfront suites feature Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub, gas fireplace, luxury robes & linens, TV, two-headed showers. Three large suites have kitchens. Private deck w/ BBQ available. No smoking or pets. Perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon.
Condo-hotel that offers the amenities of a fine hotel, but also includes ownership of a vacation home on the north Oregon coast. It is a unique opportunity, as condo owners have an opportunity to share in the revenues of their unit. All have either spectacular, nearly aerial views of the ocean and city, or they gaze out at the lush forests of the coast range mountains. There are private balconies in all rooms, which come as studios or units with one bedroom or two - as large as 850 square feet. Each is fully furnished. $189,000 to $449,000, (with most in the $300,000 range.) When owners are not using their units, they may be rented out as hotel rooms, and owners may share in those revenues.

Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

Arch Cape Property Services. Dozens of homes in that dreamy, rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the sea.
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com 866-436-1607.

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Inn at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms. Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly. Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.


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The Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun (nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies. 888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.theoceanlodge.com




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