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Oregon Coast Scenic RailroadCandy Cane Express - December 6–7 and 13–14, Garibaldi

Gather the kids and head to the Coast for an unforgettable holiday adventure. On a few select days, this year December 6–7 and 13–14, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad offers special rides on the Candy Cane Express. Passenger cars are decorated with lights and trees and Santa himself will visit with passengers. Enjoy warm cocoa and goodies and relax in the festive atmosphere for the one-hour excursion that travels between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach along Tillamook Bay and the ocean. The Express offers three trips per day; reservations are recommended. (888-71-TICKETS; www.oregoncoastscenic.org)

John CraigieTroubador in Concert - Lincoln City Cultural Center, December 6

When December comes along, there’s a whole lot of sparkle to deal with. Anxious shopping, ugly sweaters, rich food, and carols coming from everywhere—it’s easy to get an overdose of Christmas spirit. The Lincoln City Cultural Center has the pre-holiday inoculation concert you need: funny folk singer John Craigie, playing at the LCCC at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 6.

For the past decade, John Craigie has taken his distinctive musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter, and storyteller, he accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica. He stays true to the essence of folk music with timeless melodies and insightful lyrics interspersed with witty storytelling. Craigie’s themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. In Lincoln City, he’ll perform with singer-songwriter Leigh Jones.
The concert is part of the center’s Weekender Concert Series, sponsored by the City of Lincoln City and designed to combine beach getaways with a Saturday night live-music experience.The Weekender Concert Series continues on Saturdays throughout winter.

Show-only tickets are $14 in advance, available online. Kids 12 and under admitted free. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Holly Jolly FolliesHolly Jolly Follies, December 5, 6 & 7th, Florence

The magic of Christmas is building toward an exciting 6th production of the Holly Jolly Follies. Every year has exceeded the shows before, and this year will be no exception.

“Once Upon a Christmastime” is this year’s theme, dancing through the pages of fairy tales and other wonderful stories. We’ll see such beloved characters as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Frog Prince, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and others. There will be fairies of all sizes and kinds, dancing and singing and doing what fairies do best: having fun!

With a cast and crew of 100 local performers and techies, the Holly Jolly Follies is bursting with talent. Seasoned thespians work side by side with new cast members to bring to life stories we love. Dancers, led by Angela Palmer, Betty Dumbauld and Melanie Heard will enchant. The Follies Choir—back by popular demand—will rock the house.

December 5, 6 and 7 are the dates for the shows, with two evening and two afternoon performances. Tickets are now on sale at the Florence Events Center and on their website www.eventcenter.org.

Yachats Ladies Club Bazaar

Yachats Ladies Club Christmas Bazaar
December 6–7

The Yachats Ladies Club knows how to put on a Christmas Bazaar; after all, they’ve been doing it for 87 years. That’s right, this year marks the 87th annual Yachats Ladies Club Christmas Bazaar on December 6–7. Enjoy the handiwork of the ladies of the club who have created incredible clothing items, including holiday decor and tree ornaments, jewelry, kitchen items, afghans and quilts, tote bags, Gifts-On-the-Go Gift Baskets, baked goods, and more.

Lunch will be served on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the Ladies’ famous pies will be served all day on Saturday as well.

The fair takes place at the Yachats Ladies Clubhouse at 286 W 3rd Street in Yachats from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. (541-547-3205; www.yachats.org)

Shore AcresLights & Miniatures
November 27– December 31, Charleston

The much-anticipated Holiday Lights at Shore Acres draws thousands of spectators each year, and no wonder, the light display is located in one of the most stunning botanical gardens on the coast. From November 27–December 31, the gardens are ablaze with more than a quarter million lights nightly from 4–9:30 p.m.

Besides all the lights, the walk-thru display features dozens of lighted sculptures and more than two dozen Christmas trees. The historic Garden House is decorated to the hilt with holiday adornments and is staffed with volunteers offering visitors complimentary hot cider, coffee, and cookies. The performance pavilion features live entertainment with choirs, carolers, and bands. (541-888-3732; www.shoreacres.net)

While near Charleston, be sure to check out the Miniature Display and Christmas Train Display. The miniature display has become an increasingly popular tradition, with more than 200 miniatures representing the towns of Coos County. The display is open for public viewing at the Old Charleston School House on 64065 Seven Devils Road from 6–10 p.m. nightly from December 1–24. If the building is dark, don’t leave, lights are kept off to see the displays better. (541-888-3268; www.oregonsadventurecoast.com)

Bandon MarketAn Ideal Holiday - December 12–14, Bandon

Bandon visitors can immerse themselves in the season with a whole weekend dedicated to the holiday. December 12–14 features The Nutcracker ballet at the Sprague Theater, performed by students from MarLo Dance Studio. Performances take place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 4:30 p.m. (541-347-4616;www.spraguetheater.org)

The Old Town Holiday Marketplace is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find unique coast- and holiday-themed items from local craftspeople. The marketplace is located on the boardwalk and in the big green building on the waterfront.

The fun weekend caps off with the arrival of Santa by boat on December 13. Santa arrives by charter vessel at the Port of Bandon Boat Launch. Kids can stroll with Santa through Old Town as he makes his way to the Marketplace, where he will be available for photos. (541-347-3206; www.portofbandon.com)


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