I finally come to terms with the fact that summer is over. Here on the Coast, I’ve grown accustomed to hanging on to the hope that there will still be a few more days of warmth and sunshine this year. Our summers cruise right through the end of October; now that we’re well into the latter half of November, and little cartoon snowflakes are appearing in our weather forecasts, I am ready to bid summer adieu. Welcome, winter.
Pacific City welcomes winter with its annual tree lighting ceremony right in the middle of town. Our city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting festival takes place on Friday, December 3rd this year. The crowd should start to gather between 5:30-5:45pm. Be sure to bring your stocking caps, scarves and mittens, because it’s sure to be cool outside! Children can start registering their attendance for a series of door prizes to be handed out through the evening. After everyone is settled, and perhaps has a nice warm cup of hot cocoa or apple cider, compliments of Stimulus Espresso, Santa arrives!!
Santa will pose for pictures for the remainder of the festivities. Meanwhile, the Nestucca Valley High School choir will lead a medley of Christmas carols. This is a great tradition for the town of Pacific City, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Can’t get enough of lighting and decorating Christmas trees in your schedule? Here’s a list of other Christmas-tree related activities going on around the Central Oregon Coast:
Tuesday, November 30, 2-5pm
Christmas Tree Decorating
Inn at Cape Kiwanda • Pacific City
Wednesday, December 1
Opening Day: 12th Annual Fantasy of Trees
Chinook Winds Casino Resort • Lincoln City
Saturday, December 4
A Whale of a Christmas
Whale Watch Center • Depoe Bay
The community tree will be lit at dusk, heralded by carolers and good cheer. Starts at 6pm.
TCPM Festival of Trees
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum • Tillamook
6-8 p.m., 2106 Second St., $20 per person