Rockaway Beach Holiday Happenings – Rockaway Gets the Season Started – Tree Lighting & More Friday Nov. 25th

EDITOR’S NOTE: We will be providing updates on the holiday happenings throughout the county a couple days before they are scheduled; if you want to see ALL the holiday goings-on, see the link at the end of article for the Tillamook County Holiday Events calendar. There’s something going on throughout the county. Enjoy!!

By Robin Swain

Everyone is in the spirit of the Season and Rockaway Beach is ready to light up the town and share the joy! The City of Rockaway Beach and the Rockaway Beach Merchant’s Association invite one and all to kick off the Holiday Season with the city’s Annual Tree Lighting Event This Friday November 25, 2022, 5:45pm-7pm.

Rockaway Beach Tree Lighting  Event Schedule:

  • At 6pm, Santa will arrive on the train
  • Cookies & Cocoa will be available
  • Can Food Donations for North County Food Bank
  • Pet Food Donations for local rescue organizations
  • Write “Letters to Santa”
  • Hang your homemade Ornaments on the tree
  • 6:15pm Salty Strings performs
  • 6:30pm Countdown to Tree Lighting
  • 6:31pm Jen Troxel Christmas Solo
  • 6:35pm Salty Strings leads everyone in our Annual “Christmas Sing-Along
  • 7pm Train Departs for Garibaldi


The Rockaway Beach Merchant’s Association will be having a photo contest at the Rockaway Beach Tree Lighting Event

The Rockaway Beach Merchant’s  Association (RBMA), is once again holding their ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST. Entry forms can be picked up at Rockaway Roastery, Troxel ‘s Jewelry or you can enter online from the Rockaway Beach Merchant’s Association FB page.

This year there will be 3 categories: 1. Residential  2. Commercial Building 3. Commercial window display. All entries must be submitted online or to the businesses named above by Wednesday December 14th at 6pm. Judging will be on Thursday December 15th starting at 6pm. MAKE SURE YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON! Winners will be announced on the Rockaway Beach Merchant’s Association FB page.


The Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce will have a booth where YOU CAN MAKE SAND DOLLAR ORNAMENTS from 5pm-7pm ( for free.) You can hang your ornament on The City Christmas Tree or keep it as a memento.


Many businesses in Rockaway Beach will be OPEN (some with specials!) for Christmas shopping pleasure:

Beach Crafters (25% off); Sea Breeze; Little Crow (50% off); Hope Chest; Troxel’s (50% off); Flamingo Jim’s; Washed Ashore; Oreong DuDrops; Nice Guys; Lakeside Hideaway; Joe’s Snacks & Beer; Rockaway Roastery; Grumpy’s …

Rockaway Beach starts off the holiday season on Friday November 25th!

Join Senior Meals for French Toast Breakfast and a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 26th at St. Mary’s by the Sea Parish Hall from 8 am to Noon.

Watch for more daily Holiday Happenings throughout the season. There’s a tree-lighting happening every weekend, and the train, and the bazaars and more!!!