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Christmas time in Newport

We all know the saying that everything is better at the beach, but with Scuba Santa and Christmas lights on boats, it’s hard to deny that it’s true.

Christmas in Newport is truly unique and full of spirit. Here are a few upcoming events to get your family excited about the holiday:

Sea of Lights — On Dec. 6, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a spectacular lights display. Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. For the kick-off weekend, admission is $2 with a donation of two cans of food (for people or pets) which will go to the Food Share of Lincoln County and the event is open 6-9 p.m. The additional weekends, admission is $10 or free with same-day paid admission and the event will be open 5-8 p.m.

The Lighted Boat Parade — On Dec. 7, Yaquina Bay will be host to boats decked out with strings of beautiful lights. There are great views of the parade all along the Bayfront, including on the decks of some restaurants. Viewing the parade is free, however, for a fee you can ride on one of the boats around the bay — for more information on this opportunity, call Marine Discovery Tours at 541-265-6200. The parade begins at dusk.

The Historical Society’s holiday gathering — The Lincoln County Historical Society's Holiday Gathering, a fun and casual get together will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m. Brent Bunker and his rare vintage instruments will be on stage in the Doerfler Family Theater beginning at 1 p.m. Upstairs on the Mezzanine, Gyotaku artist and teacher Bruce Koike will be demonstrating the fascinating art of fish printing, and you can sign-up for our upcoming workshop while you’re there. In the Great Room, gather ‘round the glowing warmth of the fireplace and enjoy some refreshments. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Boulevard on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. For more information, call 541-265-7509.