The Oregon coast is a many splendored place boasting unique sights and sounds that will amaze you anytime of the year. In this week’s “Grant’s Getaways,” we go to Shore Acres State Park along the southern Oregon coast for a unique holiday light extravaganza.

The park’s “Holiday Lights” offers the very best in community service and a wonderful holiday gift for you to enjoy. It’s safe to say that most holiday lights don’t hold a candle to the ones the Friends of Shore Acres State Park put up each year. The folks who show up each weekend beginning before Halloween and go the extra mile to light Oregon’s only botanical garden state park.

The Holiday Lights continue through New Year’s Eve, the park is open daily and closes each night at 10pm. There is no entry fee, but there is a three-dollar state park parking permit required.

Editor’s Note: Grant’s Getaways is a production of Travel Oregon brought to you in association with Oregon State Parks, Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and Oregon State Marine Board. Episodes air Fridays and Saturdays on KGW Newschannel 8 and Saturdays on Northwest Cable News Network.

about author Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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  1. Lisa – Handmade Evolution says…

    That sounds amazing. We usually stick to the more northern coast, but I think it would be worth the trip to try something new and see the lights. Thanks for sharing!

    Written on December 4th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  2. Ariadne Cluver says…

    We went to Shore Acres last night and it was amazing. Make it a day trip and explore all that the cape has to offer in views, mushroom hunting, and hiking. What a great day!

    Written on December 6th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  3. Kathy Minyard says…

    I am a Coos Bay resident and my favorite time of year is Christmas and nothing helps get you in the Christmas spirit like a trip out to Shore Acres Lights. We like to take the kids and Grandchildren and they love it. Watching their eyes light up warms you from the inside out. Thanks to all of you who put so much time into it for the community.

    Written on December 7th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
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