The holiday season is finally here, and all over Oregon people are beginning to cut down Christmas trees, write wish lists, and haul out the Christmas lights to decorate their houses. Every town has its own way of celebrating the holidays; there are community tree lightings, seasonal concerts, Christmas trains, food drives, boat parades–you name it. Christmas in Oregon is an absolute delight, and these 13 towns are especially festive this time of year.
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Sumpter is an amazing place to be at Christmas time. You can take a ride on a Christmas train, watch a Christmas parade, take a snowmobile ride, check out the Christmas bazaar, and help decorate the community Christmas tree.
12. Oregon City
In Oregon City, Christmas is celebrated with a tree lighting, a winter farmers market, and the Christmas Fantasy Trail.
11. Hood River
Hood River gets decked out for Christmas by decorating the town with twinkling lights. There's a tree lighting, a parade, caroling, and more.
Newport welcomes the holidays with a festival of trees, a lighted boat parade, a holiday bazaar, and the Little Nutcracker, a Nutcracker performance put on by kids. There's also the Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which will absolutely blow you away.
Jacksonville is a historic, picturesque town that loves to celebrate Christmas. The whole town is decorated in red bows and twinkling lights. There's a tree lighting, carolers, a parade, a Jolly Holly Trolley, a Christmas bazaar, and more.
Medford is a lovely place to be in the winter, and it's full of holiday spirit. There are phenomenally decorated houses, a festival of trees, Christmas performances, Santa workshops, a holiday bazaar, and the Greystone Court Holiday Food Drive.
Christmas has been a big deal in Ashland for a long time, as you can see from this 1960s post card. There's the Festival of light, Santa’s parade, carolling, a winter ice rink, the Artisan’s Christmas Faire, wreath-making, A Christmas Carol at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and more.
Bend gets festive at Christmas time with carolers, holiday markets, a parade, carriage rides, and more. Their most unique Christmas event has got to be the Annual Christmas Paddle, where residents take to the river on their kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes, all decorated for the holidays.
When the holidays come around, Florence hosts some great festivities, like the Heceta Head Lighthouse Victorian Christmas Open House, a Christmas choral event, a festival of trees, tree lighting, Christmas concerts, the Nutcracker, and more.
With tons of holiday parties, a huge tree lighting, light shows, Christmas-themed performances, the Holiday Ale Festival, Santacon, and more, the holidays are an exciting time in Portland.
Salem is a magical place in the winter. There's an annual tree lighting, a Christmas boutique, and the festive Magic Mill holiday celebration.
2. Coos Bay
One of the greatest things about Christmas in Coos Bay is the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park, an incredible garden light show. In the Garden House you'll find hot cider, punch, coffee, and cookies, as well as occasional entertainment in the Performance Pavilion.
1. Baker City
The historic Baker City knows how to celebrate Christmas. The city is decorated beautifully, and the holiday events include a festival of trees, a Christmas bazaar, a family holiday craft day, and the twilight Christmas parade and tree lighting.
What’s your favorite town in Oregon at Christmas time? Let us know in the comments.