LBP Holiday Event Guide – 2018

Oct 18, 2018Events, Winter

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!

Original Artwork

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

The Chinook Nation will be holding an art auction and oyster fry at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Native and local artists will be featured. Dinner is served from 4 to 7 p.m.

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.


Celebrations & Festitivites

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.


Christmas Music

Dec 2 – Water Music Society Christmas Concert

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.


Holiday Markets & Bazaars

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

Sou’wester and Adrift Hotel host an annual Handmade Bazaar with local and regional goods. Not only will you find unforgettable handmade gifts, you get to meet talented artists too!

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