Posted on October 18, 2018
Holidays are better at the beach. With few crowds, the holiday season is cozy and intimate on the peninsula. Christmas mermaids, a crab pot Christmas tree, and handmade markets are just a few highlights of the season!
Nov. 3 – 6×6 Art Show and Auction
This lively art event features creations from talented regional artists, each 6 by 6 inches in size! It’s a terrific way to get to know the local art scene, pick up great holiday gifts, and support the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.
Nov. 10 – Holiday Art Auction & Oyster Fry
Nov. 23-24 – Peninsula Art Association Studio Tour
The annual studio tour on the peninsula begins on Black Friday, but it’s a thousand times better than fighting the crowds at big box stores. Artists throughout the peninsula open their studio doors just in time to find unique, original pieces for your loved ones.
Nov. 23-25 – Holidays at the Beach
Holidays at the Beach is a family favorite! The fun begins with the Polar Express Pajama Party on Friday the 23rd. Saturday is packed with entertainment, crafts, and photo ops with Santa! In the evening, get ready for caroling and a Christmas tree lighting. Celebrations continue on Sunday with a beach ballet, Christmas mermaid photo booth, and more crafts!
Dec. 1 – Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting
The Crab Pot Christmas Tree in Ilwaco is a quirky and beloved tradition! Gather round for the official tree lighting, crabby Christmas carols, and the world’s shortest fireworks display. Afterward, local businesses open their doors for festivities and treats!
Dec. 8 – Holidays at the Jetty
Head to North Jetty Brewing for photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause, stocking stuffers from local vendors, and a special keg from their head brewer! And, of course, pick up something special for the beer lover in your life.
Dec. 15-16 – Bed & Breakfast Holiday Open House
Local B&Bs open their doors wide to share some holiday spirit! Decked floor to ceiling with festive decor, these inns are downright delightful. Indulge in sweet treats, sparkling drinks, and get to know the wonderful innkeepers. Be sure to bring canned food for the food drive!
Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Midnight
An annual tradition, the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Midnight takes place at the Bolstad Beach Approach. Wrap up, bring hot chocolate, and head to the boardwalk for an excellent view.
This year’s Christmas concert features the quintessential jazz singer, Rebecca Kilgore. Enjoy incredible holiday music in the beautiful Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco. You can get tickets for $10 online or at the door. Champagne and treats included in the reception.
Dec. 9 – Tuba Christmas Concert
The Astoria Tuba Quartet plays a selection of holiday music, jazz, and polka each year the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum! The concert is free and open to the public. It’s best to arrive early for a good seat as it is a popular event.
Nov. 10 – Willapa Country Christmas Craft Fair
Local artisans come together for the annual holiday craft fair in South Bend! Find one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Photographer Brian Evans will be on site for Christmas photos as well!
Dec. 15 – Handmade Bazaar