Winter is here, and it sure is beautiful. From music festivals to christmas light displays, here are 9 amazing festivals in Oregon that will blow you away this winter:
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9. Christmas In The Garden
Located at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Christmas In The Garden is a unique holiday celebration. The garden is magically decorated with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights, and visitors get to enjoy an ice skating rink, carols, fire pits, a German Christmas market, holiday foods and drinks, and more. All of this takes place every Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 25 to Dec. 18, and then every night from Dec. 19-23. The Oregon Garden is located at 879 W. Main St, Silverton, Oregon.
8. Portland Winter Light Festival
From the first to the fourth of this coming February, the Portland waterfront will be tranformed by the stunning
Winter Light Festival. The festival features numerous artistic light installations as well as other activities and displays (including the Latern Parade, pictured above) that will drop your jaw. No need to buy a ticket; the event is totally free. Located at 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon.
7. Holiday Ale Festival
Located in downtown Portland, the annual Holiday Ale Festival brings together beer lovers from near and far from Nov. 30th to December 4th. This amazing ale festival has been called "the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast", and for good reason. Admission is 21+ and festivities take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square: 715 SW Morrison St, Portland, Oregon.
6. Enterprise Winterfest
The charming town of Enterprise is home to a wonderful Winter Festival that the whole family will enjoy. The celebration takes place on the town's Main Street on December 9th and 10th. There will be caroling, barrel train rides, a parade, fire pits, shopping, Santa Claus, and more.
5. Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights
Every year, the town of Roseburg hosts the wonderful Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights, which features the world's largest nutcracker, astounding Christmas light displays, wagon rides, visits with Santa Claus, music, a Holiday Village, and more. Events take place between every night from Nov. 22 through New Years. Located at River Forks County Park,
4. Winter Music Festival
On January 14th and 15th, the lovely seaside town of Florence will be hosting a fabulous Winter Music Festival, comprised of numerous incredible folk music performances as well as an Artisan Fair and Pie Sale. Concerts take place at the Florence Events Center: 715 Quince St, Florence, Oregon.
3. Silver Falls State Park Christmas Festival
Every year, the beautiful Silver Falls State Park hosts a wonderful, indoor, family friendly Christmas Festival where visitors can take part in all kinds of great activities like building gingerbread houses, decorating ornaments, listening to Christmas carols, and more. The festival is free, but there's a $5 parking fee. Address: 20022 Silver Falls HWY, Oregon.
2. Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto
The Grotto is a unique, beautiful Catholic sanctuary that hosts an incredible Festival of Lights each winter. Acres of incredibly beautiful gardens are decorated with glittering lights, and amazing choral perfomances take place in the chapel. With around 160 choral perfomances taking place, this amazing festival is not to be missed. You can visit any evening (excluding Christmas) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 30. General admission is $11, and canned food donations are suggested.
Located at: 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, Oregon.
1. Oregon WinterFest
Located in Bend, the incredible WinterFest is something every Oregonian should experience at one point or another. The festivities take place from Feb. 17-19, and include live music, vendors, fire pits, motorcycle stunts, ice sculptures, marketplace, and more. Address: SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend, Oregon.