Santa Arrives in Old Town Eureka – Annual Nov 26, Fri. - Eureka: Santa Claus will make his first appearance at the Gazebo from 2 - 4pm. Bring the kids and your camera. Santa returns every Sat & Sun 11am-3pm through Christmas. F & 2nd Sts.
Veterans Craft Bazaar – Annual Nov 26 & 27, Fri & Sat – Ferndale: Get your shopping done early. Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4. 1100 Main St.
Sunday Art Market Nov 28, Sun. – Arcata: An art market with live music and family fun activities. 11am-4pm. Free. Arcata Plaza, 8th Street, btw. G & H Sts.
Santa Arrives in Old Town Eureka– Annual Every Sat & Sun - Eureka: Bring the kids and your camera. Santa returns every Sat & Sun 11am-3pm through Christmas. F & 2nd Sts. Artisan Holiday Pop Up Store Every Thur, Fri & Sat till Christmas Eve – Garberville: Store is chock full of unique gift items from local artists. 10am-5pm. 784A Redwood Drive. 707.923.2613
Solstice Pop-Up Holiday Market Dec 1 to 24, Daily – Eureka: Featuring the works of makers, artists and craftspeople from near and far. Meet the Makers on Saturday’s & Makers Workshops on Sunday’s. Wednesday’s 10am early-shopper hour for vulnerable patrons. Covid protocols observed. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm & Sun 11am–4pm. 422 1st St.
Guided Nature Walk at Wildlife Refuge Dec 1, Wed. – Loleta: Enjoy a guided 2 mile walk with naturalist Louise Bacon-Ogden. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. 9-11am. 1020 Ranch Rd.
The Jig and Thistle Radio Hour Holiday Show Dec 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11 – Arcata: The slightly irreverent and wacky first act will be in the theatre with various acts, community guests and music. The second act with hot beverages and a live band in the tent. $10, $5 for kids or $25 for the family. Arcata Playhouse, 1215 9th St. All audience members must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. Times and guests vary, please see website for more info and tickets. https://www.arcataplayhouse.org/events/ Eureka Symphony Holiday Concert – Annual Event Dec 3 & 4, Fri & Sat - Eureka: Welcome in the holidays with the lush sounds of strings, featuring up and coming violinist Carson McHaney. 8pm. $19-$49. Arkley Center for the Arts, 412 “G” St. 707.845.3655
Arts Alive Dec 4, Sat. - Eureka: Art, live music, shopping & dining in Old Town and Downtown. Free admission to the Morris Graves Museum of Art where The Tristan Norton Quartet will be playing. 636 “F” St. 6-9pm. Free admission to the Clark Museum where Christmas carolers & a reading from A Child's Christmas in Wales are sure to be a holiday treat. 240 E. St. 6:30-8:30pm. Tuba Christmas Dec 4, Sat. Eureka: Tubas play Christmas carols. 1pm. Gazebo at 2nd & F Streets in Old Town. Free.
Rio Dell Tree Lighting & Fire Truck Parade Dec 4, Sat. – Rio Dell: The town turns out for the Firetruck Parade at 5pm followed by tree lighting at dusk with refreshments, music and more. Free. Wildwood and Columbus.
Hike and Bike Day at Redwood National Dec 4, Sat. – Orick: Bike, hike or walk your dog along the ten-mile road (closed to cars), which meanders among some of the most impressive old growth groves in Redwood National & State Parks. 707.488.2039
Lanphere Dunes Guided Walk Dec 4, Sat. - Arcata/Manila: Exploration of a beautiful and diverse dune system in the Pacific Northwest. 10am-1pm. FREE. Reservations required: Call 707.444.1397 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Birdwalk (RRAS) Dec 4, 11, 18 & 25 Sat. – Arcata: Bring your binoculars for a great morning birding. 8:30-11:00am. Free. Klopp Lake, end of South I St. Reservations REQUIRED, TEXT ONLY 707.499.1247 with walk date, name & phone number for each person.
Sunday Art Market Sun 5, 12 & 19 – Arcata: An art market with live music and family fun activities and lots of holiday surprises! 11am-4pm. FREE. Arcata Plaza, 8th Street, btw. G & H Sts. https://arcatamainstreet.com/sunday-art-market
Art Talk Sunday Dec 5, Sun. - Eureka: Visiting & local artists. 2pm. $5/$2, members & under 18 free. Morris Graves Museum of Art. 636 “F” St.
Humboldt Flea Market Dec 5, Sun. - Arcata: Antiques, handmade and everything else! 9am-3pm. $2, under 13 FREE. 321 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Pkwy.
Electric Lighted Truck Parade – Annual Event Dec 10, Fri - Fortuna: Lighted trucks, floats and people parade through town. FREE. Parade at 6:30. Starts at Redwood Village Center, 701 S Fortuna Blvd. 707.725-9261
Arts! Arcata Dec 10, Fri - Arcata: Galleries & businesses showcase local artists with music on the Arcata Plaza @ 9th & G St. Extended holiday shopping hours and Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Event by Arcata Main Street behind Jacoby's Storehouse, 780 7th St.
Arcata Santa Parade Dec 11, Sat – Arcata: Santa and Friends hop aboard Arcata Fire Department's Vintage Fire Truck for a Santa Parade across Arcata -- ends at the Plaza, 8th & H St. 12-2pm. free Homemade Holiday Market & Snowfall Dec 11, Sat – Arcata: Join us for handmade & homemade gifts presented by a wide variety of local craft and art vendors as well as music, food, and holiday baked goods. 10am–7pm. $1 or $2 suggested. Coastal Grove Charter School, 1897 S St.
Trucker's Christmas Parade – Annual Event Dec 11, Sat - Eureka: The nation's zaniest big rig parade with huge trucks adorned in holiday lights. Begins Redwood Acres Fairground, 3750 Harris St. FREE. 6pm. Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/TruckersParadeinEureka/posts/739040774161011
Candlelight Walk in the Redwoods – Virtual Dec 11, Sat. Orick: Storytellers and musicians will be fireside with stories and songs of winter, winter holidays, and the redwood forest lit by 400 luminaries. See website: https://redwoodparksconservancy.org/32nd-annual-candlelight-walk
Santa Claus in Ferndale – Annual Event Dec 11, Sat - Ferndale: St. Nick and his jolly elf bring bags of goodies for youngsters. 10:30-11:30am. FREE. Main Street.
Loleta Holiday Craft Fair – Annual Event Dec 11 & 12, Sat & Sun - Loleta: Over 60 local artisans and craftsman of traditional crafts, modern fashion, and artwork. Indian taco sale. FREE. 9am-4pm. Fireman's Pavilion, 824 Loleta Dr. (707) 273-7425
Winter Arts Faire – Annual Event Dec 11 & 12, Sat & Sun - Redway: Bringing holiday cheer to southern Humboldt with handmade artisan booths, musical entertainment and Santa! 10am - 6pm. $5 adults, Kids 12 and under & Adults 65 and over, free. Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Lane.
Jeff DeMark and Inscrutable Rabbit Dec 12, Sun. – Arcata: Benefit for Arcata’s newest online radio station, Humboldt Hot Air! Local storyteller and songwriter Jeff DeMark and his band Inscrutable Rabbit will perform original stories and songs. 2-4pm. $12. Arcata Playhouse, 1215 9th St. All audience members must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. Please see website for more info and tickets. https://www.arcataplayhouse.org/events/
Birdwalk at Wildlife Refuge Dec 12, Sun - Loleta: Guided by Audubon Society walk leaders at Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge. 9am-11/12pm. Free. 1020 Ranch Rd. Reservations REQUIRED, TEXT ONLY 707.499.1247 with walk date, name & phone number for each person.
Garberville Lighted Truck Parade – Annual Event Dec 18, Sat – Redway/Garberville: Enjoy the holiday lights! 5:30pm. FREE. Parade starts at Redway Elementary, 344 Humboldt Ave. and ends in Garberville.
Lighted Tractor Parade – Annual Event Dec 19, Sun - Ferndale: Christmas tradition featuring farmers & ranchers driving decorated tractors. Starts at Main St. & Ocean Ave. Judging at 5pm, parade at 6pm. Free.
Season of Wonder and Light– Annual Event Dec 19, Sun - Arcata: Snowflake Queen's Winter Solstice Snow Party and music by the CR Jazz Band. 11am-4pm. Free. Arcata Plaza, 8th & H St.
Afternoon of Jazz at MGMA Dec 19, Sun. – Eureka: Monthly jazz performance. 3-5pm. $5/$2, under 18 free. Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 Ft St. 707.442.0278. https://humboldtarts.org/afternoon-of-jazz
River Life Foundation Christmas Dinner Dec 25, Sat – Fortuna: Join us for Christmas dinner and cheer! Free. 1-3pm. Veterans Bldg., 1426 Main St. If you need transportation or you are homebound within Fortuna call Sean @ 707.362.9384
Arcata Marsh Christmas Day Walk Dec 25, Sat – Arcata: Join Friends of the Arcata Marsh for a Christmas Day walk. Ken Burton and Alex Stillman will lead. 10-11:30am. Free. 569 S G Street.
New Year's in Garberville Dec 31, Mon – Benbow: Fireworks display at 9pm! $20. Per vehicle. Benbow State Parks Recreation Area, 445 Lake Benbow Dr. CANCELED for December 2021 Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival A Victorian Christmas at the Blue Ox Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir Holiday Concert Fortuna Christmas Music Festival Holiday Craft Market Arcata Redwood Youth Ballet
QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO DO
Arcata Farmers Markets: Every Saturday 10am-2pm. Arcata Plaza, 9th & G Sts. www.northcoastgrowersassociation.org/
HumBoats Kayak Adventures – Eureka: Tours and rentals. Humboldt Bay, SUPS Woodley Island, A Dock 707.443.5157
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center – Eureka: Kayaks, canoes & paddle board rentals Fri-Sun, 921 Waterfront Dr. 707.443.4222
Lost Coast Adventure Tours - Take you & your group hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, on a ropes course adventure, horseback riding, surfing, diving, on a scenic drive, or to do any other activity our diverse area has to offer. 707.986.9895
Stop in the Eureka Visitor Center 240 E St. Eureka
Open Daily, 10am-5pm
VISIT AN ART GALLERY or MUSEUM EXHIBIT
Arcata Artisans Arcata: Fine Art & Craft co-operative gallery & gift shop. Wed-Mon, 11am-4pm. 883 H St. 707.825.9133
The Blacksmith Shop Ferndale: A collection of master blacksmithing & glass blowing. Daily, 10am-5pm. 455 Main St. 707.786.4216
Clarke Historical Museum Eureka: Art showcase, in addition to ongoing Victorian period exhibit & impressive display of Native American basketry & regalia. Daily, 10am-5pm. 240 “E” St. 707.443.1947
Chapman's Gem, Mineral Shop & Museum Fortuna: Fossils, Rocks & Gems. Daily, 10am-5pm. On Hwy 101, 4 miles South of Fortuna. 707.725.2714 Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum Samoa: Shipwrecks & shipbuilding, lighthouses & ferry launches, first explorers & ship models. Weds-Sun, 9am-4pm. 908 Vance Ave. 707.444.9440
Morris Graves Museum of Art Eureka: Humboldt County's art museum. In the historic Carnegie building at 636 F Street. Wed-Sun, 12-5pm. 707.442.0278
Old Town Art Gallery Eureka: The oldest non-profit, cooperative art gallery in Humboldt County, showing casing local artists. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. 417 2nd St. 707.445.2315
Redwood Art Association Eureka: A collection of some of Humboldt County’s finest artists. Wed-Sun, Noon-5pm. 603 "F" St. 707.268.0755
Trinidad Art Gallery Trinidad: Original art by local artists. Daily, 10am-5pm. 490 Trinity St. 707.677.3770
Trinidad Museum Trinidad: Emphasis on the original Tsurai Village, Yurok traditions, European contact, the Gold Rush, whaling, fishing, shipping, logging and the Trinidad Head lighthouse. Thur-Sun, 12:30-4pm. 400 Janis Court. 707. 677.3883 or 707.677.3816