Let’s be honest, the holidays can get stressful. That means it’s the perfect time of year to slow down and head to the beach. Seaside is your coastal retreat for escaping the rush of the holiday season. Starting in mid-November, Seaside strings beautiful lights up in its compact downtown and comes to life with festive traditions. Plan your family’s getaway around these colorful celebrations.
See the Parade of Lights
The holiday season in Seaside officially kicks off with the Parade of Lights starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 23. The parade begins at Necanicum Drive at 1st Avenue and then turns on to Broadway and concludes at Pocket Park near the Carousel Mall. That’s where the “musical dancing tree” will be illuminated. Grab some free hot cocoa and a cookie and stick around for caroling.
Shop the Artisan Fair
If you’re looking for local Pacific Northwest gifts, head to the three-day Seaside Boutique Artisan Fair. Held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, this annual event showcases the original and handcrafted works of 70 regional artists as well as culinary vendors from around Clatsop County. The fair runs November 23 through November 25. Santa visits daily, and kids should look for the Home Depot craft center on Sunday. Check our calendar for specific times.
Savor Gingerbread and Tea
Take part in a homey holiday tradition by enjoying Gingerbread Tea at Butterfield Cottage, hosted by the Seaside Historical Society Museum. Enjoy homemade gingerbread topped with whipped cream, hot chocolate, spiced cider and a variety of teas. A relic of the city’s legacy as Oregon’s first seaside resort, the shingle-clad Butterfield Cottage is the last-remaining house of its kind in the city. Stop in to enjoy the simple period-appropriate interiors decked out with Victorian decorations and live holiday music. Come for tea on Saturdays from November 24 through December 15 between 1 and 4 p.m. No reservations needed; tickets cost $5 each.
Stroll the Festival of Trees
The public is welcome to the Festival of Trees hosted by Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation on December 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See stunning Christmas trees decorated by North Coast designers, florists and talented residents. The open house is free. You also can buy tickets to the gala dinner and auction that follows.
Make Every Day Christmas
After being inspired, head over to Tipton’s Decor in downtown Seaside, where it’s Christmas year-round. Here, you’ll find Old World ornaments, whimsical holiday decorations, seasonal scented candles and one-of-a-kind gifts. And don’t forget the chocolates — the dark chocolate pecans are a perennial favorite and make a sweet stocking stuffer.
Photo by Don Frank