Put Aurora on the top of your holiday shopping venues this season! You’ll find easy parking, no lines, good food and a memorable, HAPPY experience. Lots of great gift ideas – from that special vintage item to local wine, hazelnut candy, hand crafted fiber items, old fashioned gift items as well as our special suggestion book mentioned below. Aurora is open every day, just 20 minutes from Portland or Salem, I-5 Exit 278.
Gift suggestion! Emma of Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick. Just released by Random House publishers, this popular novel trilogy is now available in one book! Purchase in Aurora at various shops or at the Old Aurora Colony Museum. $20. Share the story of Emma Giesy as she makes her way to the Northwest and finally finds her destiny in Aurora.
December 7-8 Wine & Chocolate Walk Weekend, 12-5pm. Choose your day and enjoy local wines paired with artisan chocolates as you shop in Aurora’s historic buildings. Your $30/couple passport includes several wine/chocolate tastings, souvenir wine glasses and $12 to spend in Aurora’s shops. Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and Old Aurora Colony Museum. Tickets at (503) 678-6987 or click here to go to our page and use PayPal to pay directly to the Aurora Colony Visitors Association. (Tickets purchased after December 1 can be picked up at Time After Time, 21611 Main Street, open every day 11-5.)
December 7 Candlelight Tour, Old Aurora Colony Museum, beginning at 4:30pm. Enjoy first-time ever, historically enacted skits of the quilters of the Colony era as you walk from place to place. This looks to be a VERY interesting and humorous program. Reservations needed for limited Tickets (503)678-5754, www.auroracolony.org
December 7 Golden Retriever Rescue Holiday Bazaar, 10am-4pm, Pythian Hall at 2nd & Liberty St, Aurora. Bring your dog (all dogs welcome) for the annual bazaar dedicated to the Golden Bond Rescue. Pictures with Santa at 12-2pm. Have a great little walk around historic Aurora then enjoy a warm drink while you shop at the bazaar for great gifts for him/her. And there will be surprises too! www.goldenbondrescue.com
December 26-31 Relax in Historic Aurora! This is the perfect place to bring your guests or get out on your own to finish out the year with a walk through our popular village. Interesting decor, wine sampling and nostalgic inventories are a delight for all ages. Shops begin opening at 10am and close at 5pm. Easy parking, restrooms and good food.
January 4 Downton Abbey Tea, Pudding Lane on Main Street. Reserve your place now at Aurora’s British style cafe, the afternoon before PBS blockbuster Season Four begins. The little shop will be transformed into elegant Downton splendor with a special tea complete with Downton Abbey recipes, sparkling bubbly and delicious tea. Brush up on your Downton trivia to win a prize! $25. A great way to bring in the new year. (503)678-1337 www.puddinglaneor.com