Bandon Oregon offers the perfect recipe for an unforgettable holiday. A taste of tradition and the spirit of the moment come alive. With its magnificent coastal setting, Bandon is a unique and magical place to celebrate the season. Special events sparkle throughout the holiday calendar. Arts, culture, food, shopping and family fun are sure to bring enjoyment and create memories. Discover these Bandon Oregon holiday happenings for yourself.

bandon oregon holiday happeningsAn Official Christmas Kick-off

“The Night of 10,000 Lights” kicks off the Christmas season on Saturday, Nov. 26. It begins at 3:30 p.m. when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Old Town Boardwalk’s Visitors Center. At 5:30 p.m., everyone gathers to light the community tree. The evening continues as holiday music fills the air. Stores feature window lighting displays, sales to peruse…and even free treats!

A Seasonal Tradition: “The Nutcracker”

“The Nutcracker” makes its 2016 return for four performances only. Set to Tchaikovsky’s rapturous score, sugar plum fairies, toys, and magical mice come to life. The MarLo Dance Studio’s production will feature special guest artists at each performance. This event occurs at Sprague Community Theater on Dec. 10, 11, 18 and 19.

Books and More at the Holiday Book Sale

The annual holiday book sale at the Bandon Library takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3. It’s open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. You can purchase a $5 library membership at the door for a 10 a.m. admission if you’d like. Find great bargains on books, DVDs, puzzles, magazines and more. Remember, books make excellent gifts!

Your Selfie with Santa!

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Old Town Marketplace. It’s also a perfect place to browse through local artisans’ wares. There are crafts and homemade food products. This happens on December 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dancing

Share the joy of music and dance this holiday season. Join the holiday fun on most Saturday nights, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Odd Fellows Hall. All ages and all levels are welcome. It’s not only social but also great exercise for those holiday indulgences. The night may kick-off with a free dance lesson or get right into the swing of things. For the holidays, confirm that the week’s event is taking place by calling (541) 217-0679.

The Annual Christmas Bird Count

Start the New Year as an intrepid citizen scientist. The National Audubon Society takes its 117th national bird census in Bandon on Jan. 1. It’s a worthwhile contribution of time, as well as being fun and educational. Volunteer to work with the Bandon community within an assigned 15-mile-diameter circle. Beginning birders are always welcome! Learn more at Audubon Christmas Bird Count. To sign-up, contact Harv Schubothe at or (541) 297-2342.

Finding the Perfect Gift

Make this yearly quest a fun adventure by visiting Bandon’s many independently owned shops and galleries. Stroll the cozy 10 square blocks of Old Town and see what catches your fancy. Locals and visitors count on the caring service and quality selection of Bandon’s merchants. Arts, fashion, gifts, and goodies are there. Look for cranberry specialty foods that bring to life Bandon’s reputation as “Cranberry Capital of Oregon.”

Seasonal Dining

The town’s fine dining establishments often offer special holiday menus of locally sourced foods of the Pacific Northwest’s sea and land. Casual establishments and coffee houses bring seasonal feelings of warmth and good memories with the aromas of peppermint and gingerbread. Oregon’s wines and brews always offer a perfect complement to any meal.

The Coos Bay Turkey Trot

The annual Coos Bay Turkey Trot run and walk takes off Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. from Empire Lakes. Entry fee is two or more cans of food. What’s the best part? You can name your walking or running distance.

Downtown Coos Bay Tree Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa arrives by a tugboat at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 for Coos Bay’s Christmas tree lighting. He’s joined by the mayor to light the town tree. Then Santa leads the way to the Egyptian Theater where he takes the stage as the kids fall in line to come up to him and tell him what’s on their list this year. It’s followed by a free showing of “Elf.”

Downtown Coos Bay Wine Walk

At 5:30 on Dec. 2, join Coos Bay’s citizens and guests to visit different businesses. Socialize and celebrate as you savor Oregon’s vintages. A $10 donation goes to support various local not-for-profits.

Festival of Trees

The North Bend Rotary Club’s array of decorated trees is on display from Nov. 22, at The Mill on Tremont. The trees are auctioned off on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit local not-for-profit organizations. Come to enjoy the beauty or to find the tree that’s right for you.

Discover the joy of living and working in Bandon. Participate in the local holiday events during this festive season by the sea. Take a few minutes out of your busy holiday schedule to stroll along the water and enjoy all the winter beauty. Appreciate outstanding shopping and delicious local dining throughout the holiday season.

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