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Light show opens Friday

Annual light display features new statues, hot chocolate and visits from Santa


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If its raining during Friday’s opening of the annual Nature’s Coastal Holiday light show in Azalea Park, think of it as tropical rain.

Organizers have decided to commemorate Brookings’s status as Oregon’s Banana Belt with a few new sculptures in the park.

“Santa deserves a little bit of Banana Belt in his life,” said lead organizer Leslie Wilkinson of the tropical twist. People will even find reindeer on the beach, she said.

Visitors will also find the old, worn out nutcracker statues have been replaced with new ones.

“These ones are really large,” Wilkinson said. “They are going to make quite a statement.”

Of course, many of the standard sculptures will be adorned with a half-million lights, which will be tested Thursday night for the opening.

“We want to make sure everything works,” Wilkinson said.

Nature’s Coastal Holiday is open from 5 to 9 nightly from Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 31. It is open regardless of the weather, unless it’s severe.

Santa will greet children in the gazebo from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15, 16 and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23 and 24.

Elsa from the movie “Frozen” will also make periodic appearances on weekends, Wilkinson said.

The snack shack will be open nightly serving cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate.

The Capella by the Sea has been decorated inside and will be open when volunteers are available. However, according to Laurie Ziemer, volunteer coordinator, more volunteers are needed as most evenings it is scheduled to be open only two hours and, a few nights, not at all.

Anyone interested in volunteering in the Capella can contact Ziemer at 541-469-1103 for details.

Admission to Nature’s Coastal Holiday is $2 for teens and adults. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

The popular 3-D glasses will be sold for $1.50. A new style of glasses will be available each week.

New this year are souvenir postcards that can be purchased for $1.