A Victorian Lighthouse Christmas at Heceta Head.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse Keeper’s House just 11 miles north of Florence on the Oregon Coast is one of the prettiest homes around for any era. It is certainly a cut above what most keeper’s homes were. Every year at this time, a Victorian Christmas Open House is held here.


In mid-December, the doors of the Queen Ann style Lighthouse Keeper’s House are open to the public from 4-7 pm. The house is majestically decorated in Victorian style with fresh garlands, colorful Christmas lights, and festive holiday decor. Each evening local musicians play holiday favorites. More locals provide warm drinks and sweets. Santa Claus will be on hand each evening handing out candy canes.


Restoration of the Heceta Head Lighthouse was recently completed and it is beautiful. For this 22nd Annual Victorian Christmas Open House, the lighthouse tower is also open to visitors. This is one of very few times during the year that the tower is open at night.

As with most historic buildings and grounds, funds are needed to restore and maintain. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. You can enter the holiday raffle to win a free night’s stay at this Bed & Breakfast or one of many great prizes from local artists and businesses. The Lighthouse Gift Shop will be open and full of special lighthouse gifts for Christmas shopping.


There is a fee of $5.00 to park but admission to the Keeper’s House is free. A shuttle runs from the state park below up to the house. You can take the beautiful beach walk up but be sure to have warm rain gear and a flashlight for the hike.

If you are going to be on or near the Oregon Coast during the next couple of weeks, don’t miss this holiday event. The light from the Lighthouse revolving at night is a spectacular sight! Drop in and say “Hi” to us at http://www.umpquahaven.com. Pull in for the night or weekend. We are just a short drive from the Lighthouse.


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