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Astounding Holiday Light Displays on Oregon Coast, Looking Back and Forward

Published 12/09/20 at 1:55 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Astounding Holiday Light Displays on Oregon Coast, Looking Back and Forward

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(Oregon Coast) – The sad truth is not all the famed and extravagant light displays along the Oregon coast are with us this year. Some may have gone forever. (Above: Shore Acres State Park, courtesy Oregon's Adventure Coast)

With that, Oregon Coast Beach Connection provides a brief look into some of the unique approaches along these beaches. All images are from past years, but there’s more to look forward to in future years.

Shore Acres State Park, Coos Bay. What is surely the most elegant and visually rich display on the whole of the Oregon coast happens down south every year. In 2020: no, however. The pandemic took this one out due to concerns of too many people cramming in too close.

However, in the past – and it will be so again – the insanely colorful spectacle featured almost half a million lights gracing the area’s gardens. Oregon Coast Hotels in this area

Depoe Bay. Wreaths are strung up all over the tiny central Oregon coast town, especially along the little arches in the seawall. Beyond them big waves continue to crash in dramatic fashion, with winter putting on the biggest shows. A major tree-lighting event really fires up the season, with a twinkling tower of glowing delights at the Whale Watch Center. Hotels in Depoe Bay - Where to eat - Depoe Bay Maps and Virtual Tours

Lincoln City. A plethora of lights go up around town and the highlights are numerous. Some hotels and other businesses really put on the electrical ritz. The centerpiece, however, is the massive tree at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in the middle of town, where normally people gather to celebrate its lighting around Thanksgiving. There was a small celebration this year, happily. Hotels in Lincoln City - Where to eat - Lincoln City Maps and Virtual Tours

Tillamook County’s Cross-Country Event. For many years, the Tillamook Coast held one big light show across the county, with all these little burghs’ separate celebrations being compiled into one long holiday light drive. From Pacific City, through to Tillamook Bay, Rockaway Beach and the Nehalem Bay, every village had holiday bulbs up to gawk at. They likely still do, but nothing is officially organized this time of year. Tillamook, however, did faithfully hold its holiday parade in early December. Hotels in Three Capes - Where to eat - Three Capes Maps and Virtual Tours

Manzanita. They don’t have the largest or most impressive display you’ve ever seen, but the north Oregon coast town of Manzanita has plenty to look at. Long after the stores have closed, the late night walk down Laneda has always been a magical one. Especially with that sound of the waves getting ever-louder the farther down the hill you go. Hotels in Manzanita, Wheeler - Where to eat - Manzanita, Wheeler Maps and Virtual Tours

Cannon Beach. The artful town definitely goes all out and this year – pandemic be damned – they’ve continued the tradition. This time around, the tree lighting ceremony was virtual but the tree itself no less impressive. Hotels in Cannon Beach - Where to eat - Cannon Beach Maps and Virtual Tours

Seaside. Always a crowd-pleaser, streets are done up with extra starfish and whimsically lighted creatures of the sea, and many of the trees are brighter than usual. Hotels in Seaside - Where to eat - Seaside Maps and Virtual Tours

Astoria. The old-school town gets plenty gussied up in lights and various glowing formations, but perhaps the most jaw-dropping is what happens to Coxcomb Hill and the Astoria Column. Add a full moon above the pinnacle and you have pure visual magic and majesty. Hotels in Astoria/Seaside - Where to eat - Astoria Maps and Virtual Tours

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