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Celebrate the Holidays in Hood River

11/28/2016 | Art, Event, Hood River, Shopping, Skiing


'Tis the season for relaxing with family and friends, playing in the snow, and taking time to recharge and Hood River is the ideal place for all three. Here are 5 great ways to celebrate the holiday season in Hood River this year.

1. Stress-Free Shopping

Throughout the month, local businesses, artists, chefs and other local makers will host holiday open houses, special events and sales. For an up-to-date list of holiday shopping events, visit


2. Hood River Holidays Parade

Hood River's small-town charm shines brighter than ever during the Hood River Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, Friday, December 2. The festivities include a parade through historic downtown, the tree lighting, caroling and perhaps even a Santa sighting!


3. Cultural Experiences

From the CAST Holiday Performance Spectacular (throughout December), the Sense of Place lecture series (Dec. 14), live music, and the BIG Art walking tour, Hood River includes a variety of arts and cultural activities.


4. Seasonal Spirits

Park in downtown Hood River and walk to numerous breweries and tasting rooms, as well as two distilleries. Visit Hood River December 10-11, when the downtown Hood River tasting rooms are hosting a Winter Wine Walk. Each tasting room will offer specials on wines or tastings. Visit five or more tasting rooms and be entered to win a gift basket full of local goodies from our downtown retailers.


5. Learn to Ski or Snowboard

Located just 45 minutes from Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, skiers and boarders of all levels can find fun and challenging ski runs, terrain parks, groomed Nordic trails, tubing and snowshoe trails. If you stay in Hood River at one of many lodging partners, access amazing deals on lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows.


For more ideas on how to enjoy Hood River this weekend, visit is also a great resource for where to dine and stay during the holiday season.




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