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Seaside’s Yuletide Sparkle begins with a Parade on November 27
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Parade of Lights leads off Yuletide in Seaside festivities Nov. 27, 2009. It is a wonderful show of floats, people, pets, musical groups and of course Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus. The Parade moves through the downtown streets distributing candy and growing ever larger as people join the end to sing carols and gather in the pocket park on Broadway between Columbia and Edgewood for the official lighting of the community tree and refreshments.

Prizes are given for the best parade entry in six categories;

Use of Lights, Motorized/Towed, Pet/Animal, Children’s Presentation, Family Presentation and Spirit of the Season. Entry forms are available at the Seaside Chamber of Commerce office at 7 N. Roosevelt or online at www.seasidechamber.com.

The Seaside Chamber of Commerce produces the parade and creates the community tree.  In addition they run two “trolley” tours Dec. 18 at 6 and 8 pm to the houses, businesses and neighborhoods featured in the Annual Pacific Power Business & Residential Lighting Competition. The tour leaves from the Chamber parking lot at 7 N. Roosevelt. You-Drive tour maps are also available after Dec 18 at the Chamber office.

Prizes are awarded for Best Lighted Business, Best Neighborhood and First, Second and Third Place Homes. You do not need to fill out an entry form for the lighting competition. Judges review all areas of Seaside. However, if you want to be sure they see your home or business call the Chamber at 503-735-6239 to be put on the review list.  

The Annual Gift Fair is also held Nov 27-29. It features only handmade items in a juried show and offers unique and one-of-a-kind gifts that make filling your gift list fun. The Fair is held in the Seaside Civic & Convention Center and there is no charge to attend.

Yuletide in Seaside is a sparkling and joyful time. Downtown streets and bridges are decorated with lighted starfish and seasonal banners and garlands.  In the park on Broadway, the community holiday tree lights flash in time with seasonal music. Stores extend their “Festivus” hours and showcase a variety of unusual and beautiful gifts.  Restaurants offer seasonal specials as well as the traditional coastal favorites of chowders, razor clams, crab and other seafood treats. Enjoy the season.

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