Holidays Lights & Festivities

Along the Oregon Coast, holiday light displays are one of the best ways to brighten the season. The shows, displays, and tours offer up millions of lights, dozens of light sculptures, and a whole lot of holiday joy.

November 24-December 31: Shore Acres Lights

After a two-year absence, Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park is back and available for viewing November 24 through December 31 at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston. The annual festival features nearly half a million LED lights, more than two dozen decorated Christmas trees, and 60 lighted sculptures. The walk-through display is open every evening from 4 to 9 p.m. through New Year’s Eve. The Garden House is open for visitors to warm up with hot cider, punch, coffee, and cookies. Live entertainment is scheduled on some evenings; check the Friends of Shore Acres Facebook page for updates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: New this year is a timed entry system, to help avoid congestion. Visitors need to reserve their date, time, and parking spot. No onsite parking permit purchase is available during event hours. Timed entry and parking must be reserved before arrival. Reservations for entry and parking is available online at or call 800-452-5687, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If preferred dates and time are sold out, there will be another opportunity via the 7-day rolling window. More information about tickets and entry is available on the Oregon State Parks website.

November 25-December 27: Natures Coastal Holiday

It’s the 25th anniversary for the Nature’s Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights, returning to Brookings Azalea Park November 25 through December 27. The dazzling light show features 3 million lights and hundreds of lighted sculptures. Visitors should expect to take about 45 minutes to stroll the paved walkways through the entire display. Complimentary cocoa, hot cider, and cookies are available at the Snack Shack (donations appreciated). Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance at the Festival of Lights every Friday and Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. (Nov 25-26 and Dec 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24) 
The walk through show is available for viewing nightly from 5 to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Closures due to extreme weather will be posted by 3 p.m. on Nature’s Coastal Holiday Facebook page. Admission is $3 for adults, with kids 12-and-under admitted free (cash only).

December 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17: Sea of Lights at Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) invites visitors to celebrate the season at Sea of Lights, one of the largest holiday light displays on Oregon’s central coast. The Lights will illuminate the Aquarium from 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings on December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17.

This family-friendly event allows visitors to view Aquarium galleries and exhibits in a new light, and includes Santa photo opportunities. Hot drinks and limited food options will be available for purchase at the Aquarium’s coffee bar. Aquarium members can attend Sea of Lights at no cost and non-members may purchase tickets upon arrival. Sea of Lights admission is $10 per person, or free with proof of same day paid admission.
The Aquarium was unable to host Sea of Lights in recent years, making this year’s event that much more exciting.“We are thrilled to host Sea of Lights once again,” said Carrie Lewis, CEO and President of OCAq. “It’s such a highlight of the winter season, and it’s truly heartwarming to see communities come together to celebrate.”

December 10-11 & 17-18: Holidays at the Heceta Lightstation

Celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Heceta Lightstation Victorian Christmas Open House this year and make lasting memories with loved ones. Doors will be open to the public from 4-7 p.m. December 10-11 and 17-18.

Those who attend can enjoy the majesty of the beautifully decorated Keeper’s House while listening to live music from local performers. The home is decorated inside and out. There will also be a raffle with special, localized prizes. The Heceta Lighthouse Gift Shop will also be open for those looking for holiday gifts.

For those that miss the open house, the Keeper’s House outdoor Christmas lights will be displayed December 1– January 2.

Parking is at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic View for $5 per vehicle. From the parking lot, attendees can walk up to the short trail to the lighthouse after dark (bring a flashlight and jacket), or take the free shuttle from the parking lot to the Keeper’s Home. Admission to the Keeper’s Home is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.