Around Albany for the Holidays – Part Two

If you caught Part One of our 2017 Holiday Blog, we hope that you’re ready for Santa! Albany is a wonderful place to be this time of year and there are many ways to celebrate the joys of the season. We’ve included the second half of our featured December ideas and events below. Happy Holidays from all of us at Albany Visitors Association!

A Little More Local Shopping

LBCC Pottery Sale Come find the perfect locally-made gift at the upcoming Linn Benton Community College pottery sale on Friday, December 8th, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The sale takes place in Corvallis, at the Benton Center, 757 Polk Ave. Local artists, LBCC instructors and students will showcase their creations. For more information:

Remax Holiday Fair This event is to benefit Fish of Albany, Inc. On Sunday, December 10th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., small business vendors will sell their products at the North Albany Fairmont Grange. There will be handmade crafts, woodworking items, skincare, home decor, food vendors, and more. Many gift baskets will be raffled off. If you bring nonpershiable food, new socks, and/or new underwear (all sizes) you will receive one free raffle ticket to put towards the basket of your choice. The Fairmont Grange is located at 835 NW N Albany Rd. Telephone 541-981-3241 for more information.

Family Entertainment

Free Holiday Movie On Saturday, December 9th, Downtown Albany and the Pix Theatre will partner to show a classic Christmas movie for the whole family. This year we’re e showing the classic movie “White Christmas.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the movie starts at 10:00 a.m. Come early especially if you are a large group as the theater fills up quickly. This is a free movie, so first come first seated. Please bring a non-perishable food item if you can. For questions, call the Albany Downtown Association at 541-928-2469.

Cider Pressing at Thompson’s Mill The public is invited to visit Thompson’s Mills on Saturday, December 9th to participate in an old-fashioned cider pressing sponsored by the Thompson’s Mills Preservation Society. The Mill, Oregon’s last surviving water-powered gristmill, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for free tours but the cider pressing will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. Your contribution of $5 includes a half-gallon of fresh cider.  Proceeds benefit the creation of a fire suppression system for the 160-year-old mill.  Thompson’s Mill is located at 32655 Boston Mill Drive, one mile east of Shedd. Telephone 541 491 3611.

YMCA Brunch with Santa Come have brunch and take a photo with Santa! Brunch menu: pancakes or biscuits and gravy, sides, and beverages. Register at the Y’s Welcome Center located inside the YMCA. Space is limited. Proceeds benefit the YMCA After School Program Scholarship Program. Cost is $10 per adult $8 per child. The brunch is held at the Eastside Christian Church, on December 16th, with seatings at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30. The church is at 3201 Pacific Blvd SW in Albany.

Visit from Santa at the Albany American Legion Santa is visiting the American Legion, located at 1215 Pacific Blvd, on December 23rd at noon. There will be food and drinks for all the good girls and boys, plus presents from Santa and his favorite elf Justin Sloan. In addition, Santa flew in a Christmas band, a story teller from Hawaii, and tons of fun. If you know a child who may not have a merry Christmas, send them to our party so we have an opportunity to brighten their day. Children of Veterans, and all children are invited. Santa will be down from the North Pole.

Christmas Play “It’s in the Eyes” is a family oriented performance and is free. The play starts at 5:00 p.m on Sunday, December 17th. The Whitespires is a historic church located at 510 SW 5th, in Albany. For more information, telephone 541-928-0911.

Christmas Eve Sing-a-Long Come celebrate Christmas Eve and participate in singing Christmas carols and other favorites at historic Whitespires Church. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24th. For more information, telephone 541-928-2469.


Historic Holidays in the Making

History Bites at the Museum Join the Albany Regional Museum and learn about holiday traditions in three different communities found in Albany. On Wednesday, December 13th at noon, Clara Frost, Terrance Harris, and Father Stephen Soot will discuss the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, West African diaspora’s Kwanzaa, and Christian Orthodox traditions. Bring a brown-bag lunch or enjoy light refreshments. History Bites is free, however donations are happily accepted and help sustain the museum for all to enjoy. Join in on the discussion, located at ARM, 136 Lyon St S.