Bandon is one place that does the holidays well. Holiday happenings abound in our fair town, and with a bit of planning, it’s possible to get to all of them!
Community Thanksgiving Dinner, November 23
The holidays kick off with the annual free Thanksgiving dinner at The Barn Community Center. Last year, 400 folks joined together for this meal. Volunteers will be serving a traditional dinner of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, yams, green beans, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. Phew! There will certainly be no reason to be hungry on Thursday! Although the dinner is free, donations are accepted and appreciated. For the homebound, a meal can be pre-ordered by calling Colleen at 916-221-0318. To volunteer, call Ginny at 541-404-4702, and if you would like to donate a dessert, call Linda at 541-347-8347.
Shore Acres Holiday Lights, November 23-December 31
Don’t miss the 31st annual holiday lights display at Shore Acres this year! It will stick around for a couple of weeks, but time goes quickly, so don’t delay. 325,000+ lights, nearly all energy saving LEDs, will be on display, festively lighting up the park in shapes that reflect the region. While there, enjoy hot cider, punch, coffee, cookies and entertainment in the pavilion. The fun happens every night from 4-9:30 from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. There is plenty of parking ($5 fee), but weekends are crowded, so plan accordingly.
Night of 10,000 Lights, November 25
By far one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Night of 10,000 Lights puts everyone in a holiday mood. The magic happens November 25 beginning at 3:30 at the Visitor Center parking lot with photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and cider, and festive music. Happening at the same time is the annual Wine Walk/Nog and Cider Stroll when many businesses in Old Town will be sampling beverages to keep you warm as you do your shopping.
Small Business Saturday, November 25
November 25 is also Small Business Saturday, the day we’re encouraged to shop locally and support our small businesses. In Bandon, these small businesses are owned and operated by our friends and neighbors, so support them! Stay in town for your shopping, and do your shopping in person, not online. There’s just something to strolling leisurely down the sidewalks with your packages and bags in the winter weather, greeting people you know…this is starting to sound like generic Christmas music, but you get the idea!
Holiday Bazaar, December 1 & 2
The VFW is once again playing host to the annual Holiday Bazaar from 9-4 both December 1 and 2. It’s a great place to find some hand-made holiday gifts and treats!
Bus Jam, December 2
Pick up an extra toy or two for the annual Rotary/K-DOCK Bus Jam. Bring toys, a non-perishable food item, or a monetary contribution to the big yellow bus at the Bandon Shopping Center on Saturday, December 2 from 10-3, and they will be donated to the less fortunate children in our community.
Library Book Sale, December 2
The Bandon Library Friends and Foundation (BLFF) have been gearing up for the annual winter book sale at the Bandon Library, a perfect place to find a gift for the readers in your life. The sale begins on December 2 at 10:00, but the first two hours are reserved for members only. Everyone else gets to shop from noon until 4:30. If you’d like to get in early but are not a member, don’t fret; you can join at the door!
Ballet Fantastique’s “An American Christmas Carol”, December 8
The Sprague Theater will be the setting for a partnership between MarLo Dance Studio and Ballet Fantastique. “An American Christmas Carol” is a jazzy dancey version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The performance is one night only, December 8 from 7-9. Get your tickets before they’re gone!
Bandon Lighted Christmas Parade and Nog Walk, December 9
A fun Bandon tradition continues on December 9 with the annual Bandon Lighted Christmas Parade. Come see your friends and neighbors in lights, and enjoy another Nog Walk/Cider Stroll. The Stroll begins at 3:30, and glasses are available for purchase at the Cobbler’s Bench. The parade, which gets bigger every year, begins at 5:30.
Sonos Handbell Ensemble, December 12
Christmas for the Less Fortunate, December 20
Low-income families are invited to Billy Smoothboars on December 20 from 4-7 for their annual event, “Christmas for the Less Fortunate.” The Burnett Family continues to host this festive event with presents for children up to age 12, games, carolers, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Helpers, and the opportunity to decorate cookies.
Community Christmas Meal, December 25
All are invited to the Barn community center on December 25 from 11-2 for another traditional holiday meal. There is no cost for the dinner, but donations are gladly accepted. If you’d like to donate a dessert, contact Linda at 541-347-8347, and if you would like to volunteer to help prepare or serve, call 541-404-4702. Meals can be pre-ordered for those who are home-bound by calling Colleen at 916-221-0318.
The holidays are a very special time in Bandon-by-the-Sea. Make your plans now to participate in as many of the festive events now!
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