Haystack Holidays

Cannon Beach’s exceptional specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries are a top attraction in our charming beach town where you will find no shopping malls or chain stores in sight, making it a great spot to slow down and enjoy the hunt for those perfect holiday gifts. Add some evergreen garlands, twinkling lights and red ribbon and you will begin to see just how much holiday magic can unfold in our beautiful little village by the sea.

Beginning in November, the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience that magic during Haystack Holidays, a series of events designed to celebrate the season unlike anywhere else in the country. Highlights for 2020 include health and safety conscious events like a virtual stream of the annual beloved Lamplighting Ceremony, holiday wreath making classes by reservation, outside lighting and window contests, a holiday paint night, virtual story time with Santa, and holiday foods from around the world featured at local restaurants. And of course, when your shopping and celebrating is done, you can enjoy the scenic Oregon Coast during a season like no other (The Magic Season).

Come celebrate with us – Cannon Beach is offering re-imaged events to make your holiday season merry and bright!

2020 Schedule Includes: Check the Chamber website for the latest updates.

Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday: Nov. 27 and Nov. 28

Shop small this holiday season and make a big impact! A two-day alternative to our Mimosa Madness. Enjoy a safe extended shopping experience. Wear PLAID to show your love and support for local businesses. For more details, follow us on Facebook @MimosaMadness.

Cannon Beach in Lights & ‘Name That Tune’ Window Display Contest: Dec.r 3 – Dec. 20

Visit participating retailers and submit correct ‘Name That Tune’ playing cards for a chance to win a holiday gift basket. CB in Lights voting at the Chamber or on our website. Voting open through the 20th. Awards will be announced on Facebook the 21st.

Holiday Wreath Making Classes: Dec. 5-6

Get creative at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce offering (3) two-hour time slots 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. This wreath making event even comes with an instructor, along with holiday music! Recycle last year’s ring and receive a discount. For your health and safety, a max of 6 groups per time slot so call to make your reservation 503.436.2623. Please bring your masks. ~DIY kits will also be available for pick up on November 28th and December 5th & 6th. Order on our website.

Virtual Lamp Lighting Ceremony: Saturday, Dec. 5

Watch the live stream of our reimaged tender Cannon Beach Christmas tradition on our Haystack Holidays Facebook page at 5 p.m. Just before the ceremony keep an eye out for Santa around town in the fire truck. For more details, call (503) 436-2623.

Holiday Paint with Benjamin: Saturday, Dec. 12

Instructor Ben Schlattman will walk you through a holiday creation of your very own. For your health and safety, a limit of 18 seats will be available. Held at the Chamber Community Hall at 6pm. For more details, call (503) 436-2623.

Fireside Storytime with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 19

Settle in (virtually) by the fireplace for a holiday story time with Santa Claus. Tune in on Facebook to watch Mr. and Mrs. Claus read jolly tales at the Surfsand Resort and type in any questions that the kids have for Santa. We hope to e-see you there for a merry good time!

Coaster Theatre Radio Hour – Streaming on Dec. 20, 22, and 24

A radio hour rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Written, workshopped, and performed by our community. For more details, visit www.coastertheatre.com or call (503) 436-1242.

Holiday Foods Around the World – Dec. 27 – 30

Visit participating Cannon Beach restaurants as they feature unique food and beverage specials highlighting many different countries and cultures.

Thank you to our Seaside Providence Festival of Trees Display sponsors: The Waves Cannon Beach, C & R Mercantile, MacGregor’s Restaurant & Whiskey Bar, Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion, and Child’s Play.

Featured Artist: William Steidel

Steidel’s lamplighter artwork was adopted by Haystack Holidays in 2019 to honor contributions to our community and Haystack Holidays. His piece truly captures the spirit of the holidays in Cannon Beach.

In the window of his gallery on the corner of First and Hemlock Street William Steidel can often be found. He sits behind a simple but ingenious swing-out easel, surrounded by a hodgepodge of artistic tools and paraphernalia. Here Bill produces his particular brand of magic. He creates works of art, spins yarns, makes music, watches the passing parade of people, and delights in the view of the lush green mountains that lie in the distance. The passions of artistic philosophy emerged very early in Bill's life on a small farm in Newburgh, New York. His work has progressed through the years from his time spent as a student at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Oregon, to his ensuing life experiences. Bill's journey inspired him to open his first independent gallery and studio here in Cannon Beach in the 1950s. Inside the present-day gallery is a touch of whimsy and wonder, and if you are fortunate, you are apt to find a bit of yourself present on the gallery's walls. -About the Author from Amazon.com.

The artwork is featured on our exclusive Haystack Holidays ornaments, available at the Chamber Information Center and on our event webpage. Proceeds go to support Haystack Holidays.

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