The Luminary Walk – Florence, OR – Will begin on SHOP SMALL Saturday November 27. A course map will lead “star gazers” to participating locations where locals and visitors will collect stars. Once you’ve have collected 12 stars, you can mail or drop off your maps to the Visitor Center at 290 Hwy 101 by Noon on December 4th to be entered to win a gift. Drawing will take place on Saturday December 4th at 6pm in front of the gazebo in Old Town Park on Bay St. This is the night of the City Tree Lighting which will be held at 5:30 pm. Course Maps will be available at participating locations, on our website and at the Visitor Center.
FRAA Holiday Arts Festival 2021 – Florence, OR The FRAA Holiday Arts Festival is back and is the perfect place to shop for unique works of art and fine craftsmanship.The Arts Festival runs Saturday, Dec 4th, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, Dec 5th, 11 am – 4 pm at the Florence Event Center. Mediums represented include wood, glass and mosaic art; felting, knitting, quilting; paintings on canvas, wood, silk, resin and tiles; poetry; jewelry and ornaments, FRAA will be sharing the FEC along with Empty Bowls, so come join the fun. Admission is free.
“Making Spirits Bright” – Holiday Festival – Florence, OR – December 4th 4-6pm
• The Chamber will be at Gazebo Park handing out lit balloons to children in attendance.
• Banner Bank will be providing glow necklaces in sponsorship of this event.
• DJ – Al Rojas will be providing musical entertainment from 4-6.
• Santa & ELVES will be making THEIR rounds via truck provided by the Public Works Department.
• City tree lighting will be at 5:30 AT the Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center on Bay Street.
Cape Cove Beach – Beach Cleanup, December 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Cape Cove Beach Trailhead
This project is great for anyone who would like to give 1-2 hours of their time, contribute to science, and clean up beaches touching Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Protected Areas… The data collected through this project can be used to evaluate the impacts of marine debris along our coastlines and can help inform future marine debris mitigation and prevention efforts on a local, regional, and national scale.
Winter Whale Watch: December 17, 2021 – January 17, 2022
Winter is here, and thousands of gorgeous gray whales are making their way back down the west coast right now, heading to the warm waters of Mexico. According to Oregon State Parks, nearly 25,000 gray whales travel south in the annual migration to the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico, from mid-December through mid-January.
Winter Solstice Bonfire – Yachats, OR – December 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come help us celebrate Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. This annual celebration takes place at the Yachats Commons Pavilion. People gather before the sun sets on the Great Pacific Ocean. The bonfire will be lit shortly thereafter. If it is raining, the Pavilion (enclosed picnic shelter) gives cover. There will be cookies provided by the Yachats Ladies Club, and popcorn. There will also be Live Music and A Music Jam – bring your acoustic instrument! Please observe social distancing and wear your mask when distancing is not possible.