The holidays were made for spending time with friends and families and making memories. And well, let’s face it, making memories is what we’re all about in Rockaway Beach.
So to get your holiday spirit off to the right start, here is a rundown of holiday events happening right here in Rockaway Beach that are sure to put a pep in your step and set your heart to singing “Silver Bells.”
Starlight Parade – Nov. 29 from 5 p.m. Before Santa arrives on the steam-powered train, come out for the inaugural Rockaway Beach Starlight Parade put on by the Rockaway Beach Merchants Association. Enjoy a parade of floats, cars and trucks decorated in Christmas lights.
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Every November Santa’s helpers are busy finding the perfect tree to adorn the Wayside. It has to be a show stopper – and they never disappoint. On Nov. 29 we will be lighting the tree and welcoming both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on the steam-powered Candy Cane Express. You can either board the train in Garibaldi at 5:30 and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, or join us in Rockaway Beach for their arrival. There will be time for children to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and enjoy some caroling with the Neahkahnie Choir and of course the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Annual Holiday Sale – Nov. 29. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the many unique stores here in Rockaway Beach, which will be staying open late (until 9 p.m.) offering great sales and deals.
Holiday Gift Fair – Nov. 29 & 30. For more unique holiday gifts for friends and family, stop by the Rockaway Beach Civic Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the SeaQuest Mall located at 111 S. Miller Street from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors will be set up in both locations selling an assortment of holiday goodies so come find the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday list.
Candy Cane Express with Santa on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad – Nov. 30 – Dec. 22. Santa loves the Oregon Coast as much as we do, which is why you can catch him hopping aboard the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad on a regular basis through the end of December. Enjoy hot coco and a visit with Old Saint Nic as the train chugs along the gorgeous coastline from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach.
Be sure to put ‘A Visit to Rockaway Beach’ on your Christmas list this year.