Start a Willamette Valley Tradition this Holiday Season

We all get the warm-and-fuzzies when thinking about a new way to celebrate the holiday season. If your Northwest holiday could use a little freshening up, look no further than these five indoor and outdoor opportunities in the Willamette Valley. Once you discover the magic of the holidays in Oregon Wine Country you'll be back to celebrate year after year.

Choose the Perfect Tree & Stay at a Tree Farm in Corvallis

Originally a family-owned apple orchard, The Donovan Tree Farm was converted to a Christmas tree farm. While there's still a small selection of apple trees on the property, you'll likely be picking a Norwegian Spruce, Nordman or Douglas Fir. Afterwards, stop into the pottery studio and display room located on the tree farm and discover the collection of porcelain mugs, bowls and vases by artist and owner, Dale Donovan.

Pre-cut and U-cut trees are available from early November to Christmas Eve. The tree farm is dog friendly and free cocoa and candy canes are available in the pottery studio.

Looking to stay and play a while? Donovan's also offers a farmhouse and a contemporary flat for vacation rentals. A stay during the tree-hunting season includes a free pottery lesson by Dale himself and tree to take home.

Donovan Tree Farm 

Hours: Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm, Weekends 9am-5pm

Location: 5720 SW Donovan Place, Corvallis, OR 97333

Phone: (541) 753-0533

Skate Salem on Ice, a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink

Returning to Salem's Riverfront park for a second season starting mid-November, this 8,400 square-foot rink is completely tented and includes a snack shop, skate rentals (or bring your own) and fun props for picture taking and creating holiday memories. 

The rink will be open daily, including holidays, from November 17 through January 21. Before or after your skate session, take a spin on Salem’s Riverfront Carousel or check out the Gilbert House Children’s Museum – both located in the park and within easy walking distance of the ice rink. Just two blocks east of the park, you’ll find  delicious, locally-sourced dishes at hip downtown Salem spots like Venti’s Café and Basil & Board – a newly opened urban pizzeria featuring a wide array of local beer, wine and craft cocktails. 

For more Information on Salem on Ice call 503-602-4760
or email

Book a private skating party this holiday or gift a season pass

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Shop and celebrate at Eugene’s Holiday Market 

Looking for the perfect gifts for loved-ones while in the Eugene area? The Holiday Market is home to over 250 vendors of unique hand-crafted goods on weekends from November through Christmas Eve.

Live music and entertainment keep the space filled with cheer as you wander the market. Bring the whole family and enjoy the special entertainment for kids every morning at 10:30 a.m. With many booths and rotating performances, you might just find yourself here all day. The market also hosts an International food court full of delicious options that will keep you fueled all day long.

Where: Lane Events Center, 13th & Jefferson in Eugene, Oregon

Hours: 10am-6pm (closing at 4pm on Dec 24th)

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Brighten up your Holiday in Corvallis

Nothing puts you in the holiday mood like a trip to the Pastega Christmas Light Display in Corvallis. Load the family up in the car on a cold winter evening, take a quick spin through your favorite local coffee shop (like Dutch Brothers or Coffee Culture) for hot chocolate, and head out to the Benton County Fairgrounds.

There, you and your family can enjoy a slow drive through a sea of holiday lights while enjoying Christmas music and more than 250 handcrafted, hand-painted figures and festive mechanized scenes.

The Pastega Christmas Light Display has been a Christmas tradition in Corvallis since 1981. The Light Display was founded by Mario and Alma Pastega, and originally housed at their Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant. After Mario Pastega's passing in 2012, the Light Display was moved to the Fairgrounds and is now kept up by a small army of enthusiastic volunteers.

Nov. 24th - Dec. 31st
The Benton County Fairgrounds
110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis, OR 97333 

Admission is free but guests are encouraged to bring along canned food donations for those in need in our local communities

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Experience the magic of the Nutcracker

Grab the family and get to one of the “do-not-miss” events of the holiday season: Newberg, OR local production of The Nutcracker, presented by Chehalem Valley Dance Academy (CVDA). Newberg, known as the "Gateway to Oregon’s Wine Country", is proud to have an fantastic team of young performers right in their backyard who put on a fantastic Nutcracker performance year after year that supports local charitable efforts right here in the local community. Ticket sales have allowed them to donate $95,000 to local charities over the last seven years. This year, your ticket will support Love, INC; Newberg F.I.S.H., Faith in Action/Providence Community Partnership, and A Family Place Relief Nursery. 

Performances at the Newberg High School Auditorium

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