June 7, 2021
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Contact: Shirley and David Bridgham, Co-chair Holiday Lights since 1987
34th Holiday Lights at Shore Acres 2021 – Shore Acres State Park – Coos Bay, Oregon
Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 thru New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2021; 4:00B9:30 PM – Information & Gift Center 3:30-9:30 PM
325,000 LED Lights – Walk-thru Display – Open Garden House with hot cider, punch, coffee, and cookies
Shore Acres State Park is located at 89039 Cape Arago Highway (GPS address), Coos Bay, Oregon 97420 (13 miles southwest of the cities of Coos Bay/North Bend).
Admission is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle or a current OPRD Annual Parking Permit or Coastal Passport or current state park campground receipt. The entrance booth does not accept credit or debit cards, only cash or checks. The Friends welcome donations for refreshments and for continuing the event the following year.
This event has become so popular, traffic backups can be a problem, so – if possible – people are encouraged to plan their visit during the week. Friday thru Sunday can be very busy (Peak hours are from 5:00-7:30) with vehicles waiting in line. Also, visitors are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the beautiful view at the sea wall and the spectacular gardens before it gets dark. Then experience the magical transformation of the lights at dusk.
Besides 325,000 LED lights, the display features garden landscape lighting, 26 large holiday trees decorated by various organizations and businesses, and dozens of lighted sculptures including life-size whales, animated sea lions, an undersea garden, Koi under water in the pond, a leaping frog in the pond, leaping dolphins and more. Inside the Garden House, long scrolls of names pay tribute to the business supporters, Friends’ members, park staff, and the more than 1,500 volunteers who make it happen for all to enjoy.
Exciting holiday gifts and raffle tickets for the AUltimate Bed and Breakfast@ are available in the Friends= Information and Gift Center. The B&B is an overnight stay for two adults in the Garden House on New Year=s Eve with a special catered breakfast, provided by The Pancake Mill, the next morning. Tickets are $10 each (only 300 will be sold) with the drawing to be held at 4:00 PM on Christmas Day. Ticket holder does not need to be present to win.
The holiday lights event became an instant community tradition in 1987 when the Friends of Shore Acres, Inc. in cooperation with Shore Acres State Park decided to “string a few lights” to help celebrate the holidays. That first season, 6,000 miniature lights, one Christmas tree, and the open Garden House drew 9,000 visitors. Now, depending on the weather, it attracts – on average – 50,000-60,000 visitors each season. In 2017 with little or no rain, we had an estimated 74,392 visitors, an all-time record.
For more information call: Bridgham=s at 541-756-5401, Shore Acres State Park 541-888-3732, or Bay Area Chamber of Commerce 1-800-824-8486 or 541-269-0215. Or visit the Friends= web site: www.shoreacres.net
Mailing Address: Friends of Shore Acres, Inc., PO Box 1172, Coos Bay, OR 97420