As I walked through Fred Meyer yesterday, I noticed the “seasonal isle” was beginning to be lined with Christmas themed items. I think it might be a little early for this. It’s now Halloween Day and a few weeks from Thanksgiving and here I am with Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and company while shopping for groceries – 8 weeks before Christmas.
The Portland Oregon Old Town White Stag Sign does not light the red nose till November 21st. Yet, I find myself writing about Christmas in Oregon and I’ll share a couple simple bits to keep you entertained.
Where do I get a Christmas Tree in Oregon? Well that question is easily answered. It can be as easy and “traditional” as driving to your local Christmas Tree lot and asking the attendant to strap one to the top of your car (pick your favorite local cause to support (Boy Scouts, Church, Homeless)) Some people like to drive out the outskirts of the East Portland, such as Sandy, Damascus, Troutdale. While others tend to go to Hillsboro, Banks or Vernonia and shopping for a tree directly from a tree farm. When shopping for a Holiday Tree for you and your family don’t forget to have some cookies and cider too. Most “tree farms” have free cider and cookies! A more adventurous way of picking out a Christmas Tree is to obtain a permit from the National Forest Services and hunting for your own tree in any of the million acres of Mt Hood National Forest. I’m sure Amazon Prime will eventually drone you one in but, I don’t consider that to be very traditional “Oregonian.” LOL
What restaurants are open on Xmas Eve & Christmas Day? There are actually lots of options for food and open restaurants on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A great resource is the Travel Oregon Jade District’s Restaurant Guide. It features a few unknown restaurants, bakeries, and weird options such as creperies, markets and more.
What about Christmas lights?
The Grotto Lights in Portland
The Pastega Light show in Corvallis
The Oregon Zoo, Zoo Lights
The Portland Christmas Ships
The PIR (Portland International Raceway) Winter Wonderland.
For more Where are the Christmas Lights in Oregon
Finally, what about Christmas Valley, Oregon? Does Santa live there part time? What about his elves and toy building work shops?
Christmas Valley Oregon is a tiny unincorporated town in North Lake County Oregon, about 110 miles SE of Bend Oregon. Many of the streets have “Holliday” themed names such as, “Holly,” “Pine,” & “Christmas Tree Ln.” Here is everything you need to know about Christmas Valley:
There is so much “Jolly” stuff to focus on for Christmas in Oregon but one thing we want to encourage you to do is pick up some Heart in Oregon Gifts for the stocking or under the tree! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas (too early!!).
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