Christmas Fun in the Northwest

Fun Things to Do During the Holiday Season

Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth, Washington, USA
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We have many different ways to celebrate Christmas in the Northwest. Our mountains and forests are great places to go choose and cut your own tree or to enjoy snow sports such as tubing and skiing. Holiday parades, tree lighting ceremonies, and craft fairs are offered in almost every community, making it a great time for a Christmas-themed getaway.

Christmas Parades in the Northwest

Santa often makes his first appearance of the season at Christmas parades.

The Northwest has a tradition of boat and ship parades, where the decorations and lights reflect off the water to magnificent effect. Many of these holiday parades take place during the days following Thanksgiving, while others run throughout the season.

    Christmas Light Shows and Festivals in the Northwest

    The twinkles and color of lights are everywhere during the holiday season, whether on a yacht, a downtown storefront, or a path at the zoo.

    • Candle Lighting Festival in North Pole, Alaska
      Festivities include the crowning of the year's North Pole King and Queen and a Christmas carol sing-a-long.

    Outdoor Christmas Fun in the Northwest

    It might be more than a bit chilly, but getting outdoors during the Christmas season can be fun for the whole family. Most of these outdoor events include hot cocoa or fresh doughnuts, making them an extra special treat.

    • Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
      The Northwest's national forests sell permits allowing you to cut your own tree. You'll also find choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms throughout the Northwest.
    • The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights in Portland, Oregon
      The Grotto, a 62-acre Catholic Shrine and botanical garden in Portland, put on a fantastic and moving Christmas Festival of Lights each year.

    Holiday Trains in the Northwest

    Kids love Christmas and they love trains -- combine the two and you're sure to have some serious holiday fun.