Hood River Holidays & Winter Event Guide

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that the most wonderful time of the year is almost here! If you are ready for carolers around town, cups of hot cocoa, Christmas lights, and holiday festivities, come to the Columbia River Gorge for one of the great events happening over the next month. From holiday train rides to tree lightings and Christmas concerts, Hood River and the surrounding towns, really knows how to make one feel merry and bright all season long!

November 16-December 29: MT Hood Train to Christmas Town

Feel the holiday magic in the air on a scenic train ride to Christmas Town. Classic Christmas songs will delight your ears and Christmas characters will take over the railroad cars for a fun and scenic trip to the holiday village known as Christmas Town. Ages 1-100 will enjoy this special holiday trip. To plan your holiday train ride, read our blog post Everything You Need to Know About the Mount Hood Railroad.

December 6: Hood River Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Experience the charming town of Hood River as it lights up for the holidays. From 4-6 pm on December 6th, downtown merchants will be hosting incredible sales and promotional deals for Christmas shopping. After shopping, step outside and watch as beautifully decorated and lit up floats glide through downtown. Holiday characters like Santa and the Grinch will be making stops around the town as carolers bring the floats to the Christmas Tree. At 6:45 the enormous pine tree on State & Second Street will be illuminated as the crowd cheers with joy. Grab a cup of cocoa and get into the holiday spirit!

Decorated bags of Christmas Gifts.

December 7: Christmas in Carson

On December 7th, 6:00 pm Carson officially turns into a holiday haven. This annual extravaganza includes the Christmas tree lighting at Gator Creek Gardens, signing carols and meeting Santa. You can enjoy all the cookies and cocoa your heart desires and get into the holiday spirit this year in the charming town of Carson! After your magical night of holiday wonder and cheer, you can mozy down the road to the Carson Ridge Cabins and relax.

December 14: Christmas on the Farm

Christmas on the Farm is the perfect excuse to visit Cedar Creek Alpacas this holiday season. Cookies and warm beverages will be available to enjoy while you meet with the resident alpacas. While you’re visiting the farm, stop by the gift shop and pick up some warm (and incredibly soft) gifts made from sheared alpaca wool for your friends and family. You can also pick up a spool of yarn that you can turn into a scarf, mittens, a hat, or anything else your mind can imagine.

An alpaca looks into the camera with snow trees in the background.

December 15: 10th Annual Hood River Holiday Benefit Concert

If you like to sing along to the Christmas carols on the radio and want to listen to all of your favorite renditions come to life in-person then reserve your seats for the 10th Annual Hood River Holiday Benefit Concert. Aaron Meyer, a concert rock violinist known for his electric stage presence is pairing up with a 12-piece band to bring holiday classics to life. You can enjoy this incredible set for only $25 per ticket or attend a pre-concert party with Aaron where there will be libations and appetizers for $75 per ticket.

December 31: Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!

The Mt. Hood Skibowl is calling all skiing enthusiasts for a night you won’t soon forget. Ring in the decade mountain style with a night filled with winter games, cosmic tubing, fireworks, a torchlight parade, and skiing until 2 am! Kids can run amok at Frosty’s Playland while the all-night party starts at the Starlight Cafe and the Beer Stube at 8 pm. Make sure you’re at the top of the mountain at midnight to witness the most spectacular fireworks show in the Pacific Northwest!

Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa and his elves stopped and looking down the ski slope.

Escape for a little holiday getaway this year with these amazing Hood river events. With Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins offering the perfect cozy accommodations, you may want to stay more than just one weekend. And that’s okay! With the Making Spirits Bright Special, when you stay two nights mid-week you can enjoy your third mid-week night for free. Come experience one of these great holiday events on the weekend than spend the next couple days relaxing and exploring the Gorge with this incredible deal!


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