Haystack Holidays

Owen Swedenborg lights the traditional lamp during the Cannon Beach Lamp Lighting Ceremony last year with help from his father, Greg.

The Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce discussed during a Chamber Virtual Breakfast Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, Haystack Holidays’ health and safety conscious festivities this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Buddie Anderson said Haystack Holidays would be held this year with some changes. Mimosa Madness is typically held as an alternative to Black Friday. It will not be held due to the serving of beverages and crowding.

“This year, Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday are going to be combined together so we can shop small, shop local and shop safe this year,” Anderson said. “That is going to be Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.”

Wreath making will also take place Saturday, Nov. 28. The chamber is thinking of having groups of no more than six come in during specific time slots.

“We're going to have a couple more hands on deck to help us out with the process of switching people every two hours,” Anderson said.

Trisha Murphy, development specialist for Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation, and organizing the Festival of Trees this year, was a guest speaker at the meeting. Murphy said the Festival of Trees would be a virtual livestream event held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

“We aren’t doing our traditional Candy Cane Lane this year because we can’t pack that many people into the convention center or have them go through as safely as we would like,” Murphy said. “In lieu of that, we are going to be setting up our decorated Christmas trees in the convention center along the river walk so people can safely view the trees from outside the convention center.”

Murphy said there will also be a take and bake meal option for the Festival of Trees event. Those will be available for purchase up until Dec. 3. Registration for the event is free. You can register at https://pshf.ejoinme.org/festivalgala

“We’re also offering a take and bake meal option,” Murphy said. “That’s going to be two meals and a bottle of wine for $100.”

The meals will be available for purchase up until Dec. 3.

The chamber’s biggest push this year is to do Cannon Beach in Lights and ‘Name That Tune’ window display contests like every year, Anderson said. Those will begin Nov. 30 and run through Dec. 20.

“The ‘Name That Tune’ aspect of it is where you pick a holiday song and you match your window to that song but not too much so that it’s easy,” Anderson said. “We like to make it a little difficult so people have a hard time guessing what your song is.”

Four holiday songs are chosen already so businesses should pick their song soon.

The chamber has reimagined a virtual lamp lighting experience on Saturday, Dec 5. It will be a live event but may have some things filmed ahead of time. The Cannon Beach Academy is working on having their students filmed singing ahead of the event.

Schedule of events

Friday, November 27 & 28 - Shop Small Businesses

Saturday, November 28 & December 5 - Holiday Wreath Making Classes at the Chamber Community Hall (by reservation only)

Saturday, December 5 - Virtual Lamp Lighting Ceremony (Facebook LIVE)

November 30- December 20 - Cannon Beach in Lights & 'Name That Tune' Window Display Contests

December 18 & 19 - Cannon Beach History Center Holiday Tour of Lights

December 20, 22, 24 - Coaster Theatre Playhouse Radio Hour Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Streaming)

December 28-30 - Holiday Foods Around the World

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