Beginning in November, Cannon Beach has been playing host to “Haystack Holidays,” a series of seasonal events designed to celebrate unlike anywhere else in the country.
The “Haystack Holidays” highlights include Mimosa Madness, Cannon Beach’s alternative to the craziness of Black Friday; a longtime local tradition, the downtown Lamp Lighting Ceremony; and a special holiday concert.
This serves as Cannon Beach’s holiday shopping and vacation getaway, with the village lit up festively and shops and galleries offering a plethora of gift opportunities.
Nov. 15-Dec. 22: “Annie” at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances are Friday-Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $25 and available at www.coastertheatre.com.
Friday, Nov. 29, 8-11 a.m.: Mimosa Madness. Refreshments and deals can be found all around town.
Saturday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Holiday wreath making at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. This event comes with an instructor, along with refreshments and holiday music.
Monday, Dec. 2-Saturday, Dec. 21: “Cannon Beach in Lights” and “Name That Tune” Window Display Contest. Visit participating retailers and submit correct “Name That Tune” playing cards for a chance to win a holiday gift basket. “Cannon Beach in Lights” voting at the chamber or online at www.cannonbeach.org. Voting open through the 20th. Awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse on the 21st.
Friday, Dec. 6-Sunday, Dec. 8: Cannon Beach Chorus Holiday Concerts (Dec. 6, 7 p.m. at Astoria Peace Lutheran Church; Dec. 7, 7 p.m. at Cannon Beach Community Church; Dec. 8, 3 p.m. at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church). Tickets are $10 for adults, students 16 and under are free.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.: Cannon Beach Library Holiday Tea held at the library. Homebaked cookies, tea and cider. Free to the public.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.: Lamp Lighting Ceremony at Sandpiper Square. Treats and refreshments after the ceremony as well. Free to the public.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m.: Pictures with Santa at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, Dec. 26-Saturday, Dec. 28: Holiday Foods Around the World. Visit participating Cannon Beach restaurants featuring food and beverage specials highlighting many different countries and cultures.
Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m.: Winter Holiday Concert with Fireside Social Orchestra at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse. Specializing in the music of the 19th Century on period instruments and voices. Tickets are $30 and on sale now by calling 503-436-2623.