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BANDON — The fourth annual Holiday Light Parade in Old Town Bandon will be held Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will be held rain or shine, according to organizers.

From 3-5 p.m. there will be a Nog Walk/Cider Stroll through Old Town Bandon. Buy glasses at The Cobbler's Bench for $10. Proceeds support the Greater Bandon Association, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Forget Me Knots quilt shop will offer cookies and hot cider throughout the day. Bandon Mercantile will be participating and will have complimentary wine, coffee and snacks. Art by the Sea Gallery will serve wine, egg nog and refreshments. The Raven in the Old Town Mall will serve wine and refreshments. The Toy Room, By The Sea Treasures and Bandon Card and Gift will be serving egg nog and cookies. Second Street Gallery will have 25 percent off selected jewelry. Coastal Mist will be participating, serving caramel apple cider and Dutch butter cookies. Stillwagon Distillery will serve cider and special egg nog. 

Olivia's Cottage will joining the Christmas festivities as well. They will be moving their large Christmas tree outside to continue their tradition of providing ornaments to personalize for passed loved ones and creating baskets in the Seaside Merriment Gallery on the pedway. They will be celebrating all day at their main store with exceptional discounts, apple/cranberry cider and delicious surprises. 

Many other merchants will offer store discounts and specials, beverages and refreshments.

After the Nog Walk/Cider Stroll, line up around Old Town to watch the cheery, festive, light parade, starting at around 5:15 p.m. from the gravel lot at the west end of Old Town. The parade route runs from the lot up Alabama, down Second Street, and along First Street back to the lot. All Old Town streets will be closed from 4:30-6 p.m., so drivers are asked to plan accordingly and park on the outskirts of Old Town if they need to leave prior to 6 p.m.

There will also be the annual Holiday Spirit Challenge for the best decorated shop in Old Town that day. Ballots will be available at the Cobbler’s Bench where the glasses are sold. Last year's Holiday Spirit Challenge winner was Esscents Candles.

There will a cash award grand prize for the best parade entry. 

Those interested in having a vehicle, bike, boat, human or pet participate in the parade, and be entered to win prizes can call Dana Nichols at 201-704-0756.

And, once the parade is over, stick around in Old Town to shop for the holidays. Many of the businesses have specials going on and will stay open late.

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