Last year, 2 million LED lights were strung for the Nature's Coastal Holiday light display.

Volunteers needed Saturday, Nov. 14

Nature's Coastal Holiday will start stringing lights and setting up displays in the Brookings Harbor community this month. This year the festival will switch gears and decorate the Highway 101 corridor and selected commercial areas in the community instead of Azalea Park. according to the group’s Facebook page. The narrow pathways of the park did not lend themselves to large crowds and social distancing, according to organizers.

On Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. volunteers will meet up at Bankus Park in front of Grocery Outlet and the Botanical Park on the corner of Highway 101 and the Chetco River Bridge. There's lots to do to make this year special and the organizers are inviting the public to join in and help at either location. This will be a rain or shine event.

In addition to lighting up businesses, the group is also hosting a Holiday Home Lights Contest. This is your opportunity to show off your Christmas spirit and decorating skills by lighting up your own home. First prize is $300, second prize is $150 and third prize is $50. Cash prizes were donated in part by Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc.

The contest is for residential buildings located on public streets easily accessible by car in the greater Brookings Harbor area. The contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be done from outside the residence only and will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street. Displays will be judged for effort, creativity, theme and overall impression. Entries must be received by Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. More information is available on their website, including how to enter.

The group will post a map of all the commercial locations for the displays on Nov. 23 on their website. Displays are set to light up on Thanksgiving night and run through New Year’s Eve. Addresses of Holiday Home Lights Contest displays will be posted by Dec. 5.


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