It only takes a couple of hours to get to the Oregon Coast from Portland, making it a great option for a weekend trip this holiday season. Here are six family-friendly holiday activities on the Oregon Coast to get you in the spirit. Just don’t forget to bundle up – it will be extra chilly near the ocean!

1. Parade of Lights in Seaside
Kicking off the holiday season on the Oregon Coast, the Parade of Lights in Seaside is the perfect combination of the beach and the holidays. After the parade, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and sing carols around the Christmas tree. The parade happens the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25th.
Location: Downtown Seaside, Or
Details: Parade begins at 7:00 pm

2. Christmas Train Display
Head to the Coos Bay area on the Oregon Coast to check out this fun after-dark train display. There are hundreds of miniatures set up in a perfect city with trains chugging their way through, all by the glow of the display lights.
Location: 92342 Cape Arago Highway
, Charleston, Or
Details: The exhibit runs nightly from November 28 – December 24, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

3. Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park (pictured)
Celebrating its 25th year, the Holiday Lights display in Coos Bay features over 250,000 twinkling lights over just seven-acres, making for an evening that will have your little one’s jaw drop. And of course, all the lights are LED to save energy.
Location: 89814 Cape Arago Highway
, Charleston, Or
Details: Lit up nightly from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve, from 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

4. Yachats Winter Celebration
From Thanksgiving to the New Year, the Oregon Coast town of Yachats is in full winter celebration! Every day there are fun, seasonal, family-friendly events such as music, lights displays and community bonfires.
Location: Downtown Yachats, Or
Details: Times and locations vary depending on event, please see their calendar of events for full details.

5. The Nutcracker
The little beach town of Florence on the Oregon Coast is lucky to have The Eugene Ballet Company visit every holiday season for a performance of The Nutcracker. There is only one show, but it’s worth keeping your little sugarplums up late for!
Location: Florence
Events Center, 715 Quince Street, Florence, Or
Details: 7:30 pm on December 21, 2011. For Tickets call 541-997-1994.

6. Christmas Concert at the Egyptian Theatre
There’s something about music and the holidays that goes so nicely together! If you’re on the Oregon Coast this holiday season, stop by the Christmas Concert at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay. They have traditional big brass band music and more. Best of all, it’s free!
Location: 299 South Broadway, Coos Bay, Or
Details: Music and festivities begin at noon on December 10, 2011.

For more about visiting the Oregon Coast, check out our guides to Cannon Beach, Florence and the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

— Katie Kavulla