Oregon Winter December 03, 2016
by Tessa Metcalf It’s Not Christmas In Oregon Until You Do These 10 Enchanting Things
Christmastime is truly wonderful here in Oregon. The amazing light displays, ice skating rinks, and Christmas parades will astound you and fill you with holiday cheer. To help you get the most out of the season, we’ve put together this list of 10 fabulous activities that will make your winter extra magical:
10. See one of Oregon's amazing Christmas light displays.
The Christmas light displays in Oregon are simply magical. Here's a photo of the Festival of Lights at The Grotto in Portland.
9. Or, better yet, go on a Christmas Lights Road Trip!
Take an enchanting road trip through Oregon to see some of the best light displays in the state, including Portland's Zoolights, Christmas In The Garden, Sea of Lights at the Newport Aquarium, and more. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find a link to our road trip itinerary.
8. Take an unforgettable ride on Oregon's Polar Express train.
Every year, the Mt Hood Railroad takes visitors on a magical, themed train ride to the North Pole on their very own Polar Express, complete with hot chocolate, Santa Claus, caroling, and more.
7. Go ice skating.
One fun winter tradition is lacing up your skates and heading to an ice rink! There are numerous seasonal ice skating rinks throughout the state; you'll find outdoor ice skating rinks in Ashland, Sun River, Klamath Falls, and at the Oregon Garden in Silverton (pictured above).
6. See the Nutcracker ballet.
All over the state, local schools, theaters, and production companies put on unique renditions of the beautiful Nutcracker ballet during the winter.
5. ...Or see the largest nutcracker in the world at the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights in Roseburg.
This unique festival of lights in Roseburg is home to the tallest nutcracker in the world, which measures to a whopping 41 feet tall!
4. Go to a tree lighting ceremony.
Here's a picture of the christmas tree all lit up in downtown Portland.
3. Sip hot cocoa.
What better way is there to warm up on a cold day than sipping a steaming mug of hot chocolate?
2. Take a picture with Santa.
Santa's pretty easy to get ahold of this time of year -- stop by and say hi, and don't forget to snap a photo!
1. Go to a Christmas Parade.
Many towns and cities in Oregon host wonderful christmas parades every year. Here's a photo from the Sumpter Christmas Parade in Baker County.
Check out our Oregon Christmas Lights Road Trip
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