Local Christmas Happenings

Christmas is just around the corner but there’s a lot of great events coming up between now and then to help get you in the festive spirit. From visits with Santa, to craft fairs, to holiday music, here’s a rundown of everything Christmas!

Dec. 12: “It’s A Wonderful Life” – What Christmas season would be complete without a viewing of this timeless classic. Catch it FREE at North Tillamook Library in Manzanita at 7 pm, all ages welcome.

Dec. 13: Neahkahnie High School Choir Concert – Enjoy the local high schools choir’s annual Christmas concert at North County Recreation District in Nehalem at 1:15 pm. Free show for all ages!

Dec. 13, 14, 15: Wheeler Winter Festival – The Wheeler Winter Festival & Holiday Market is a community celebration welcoming the holiday season on the Oregon Coast. Shop for gifts, support local businesses, enjoy food and drink, catch some incredible live music, on the waterfront in Wheeler.  Friday December 13th 4-8 pm; Saturday December 14th 2-8 pm; Sunday December 15th 2-8 pm (Santa visits Saturday and Sunday 2-4 pm)

Dec. 14: Pet Photos with SantaCome to Four Paws on the Beach in Manzanita, Santa can’t wait to meet your four-legged bestie! He would love to take pictures with you and your pets (or just you)! Donations gladly accepted, all donations will go to Animal Haven by The Sea Rescue

Dec. 20: Make An Ugly Sweater Party – Need an ugly sweater for a party? Can’t find anything that’s really your style?
Come to Wheeler Treasures and build your own! Have a glass of wine or cold cider and build that award winning sweater! Starts at 4 pm, $10 fee.

Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Craft Bazaar – Support local makers and artisans while doing a little last-minute Christmas shopping at this bazaar featuring gifts, food, teas, jewelry, art and more! At Pine Grove Community House starting at 10 am.

Dec. 21: Santa at the Coast – Santa makes a stop at the Manzanita Visitors Center before he loads up his sleigh and makes his Christmas Eve rounds. Bring your list and don’t forget your camera! 1 pm to 3 pm.

Dec. 21: Sugar & Spice: A Holiday Treat! – An incredible lineup of musical talent hits the stage at North County Recreation District at 7 pm in this benefit concert for the Mudd-Nick Foundation. Julie Amici, LaRhonda Steele, Carlton Jackson, Dean Mueller and Mark Steele give blues, jazz, and soul the holiday treatment. Tickets available at tickettomato.com

Dec. 21: Ugly Sweater Party – Dust off that ugly sweater and head to Manzanita Lighthouse Pub & Grub for music, dancing and lots of ugly sweaters. Starts at 8 pm.