Festive Events Out West
November 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

Holiday cheer and a season of giving come together this month at the Festival of Trees in Canyonville, Oregon.
Photo courtesy of the Mercy Foundation

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season throughout Ruralite territory


Saturday, December 1, through Wednesday, January 8
Christmas in Ice, North Pole
Christmas in Ice is a winter park next to Santa Claus House, 101 St. Nicholas Drive. The park features Christmas-themed ice art competition pieces, ice slides and a maze. The family-friendly New Year’s Eve Spectacular on Monday, December 31, begins at 10 p.m. with free admission to the park, a countdown to 2019 with Santa, and a spectacular fireworks show on park grounds.



Saturday, December 1
Susanville Magical Country Christmas
The Magical Country Christmas Celebration, presented by the Historical Uptown Susanville Association and the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, is from 5 to 7 p.m.

Holiday revelers will enjoy live entertainment, a Christmas parade, a tree lighting ceremony and a fireworks display at the top of Main Street.

Uptown businesses are open late and vendors line the streets selling food, beverages and custom gifts.

Toys For Tots will be on site to collect toys for children in the area. Santa will light the tree at the end of the parade.



Through December 2
Festival of Trees, Canyonville
The annual Mercy Foundation Festival of Trees celebrates its 25th anniversary at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. Local designers donate their talents, and individuals and businesses donate funds that buy decorations and gifts for each tree, which are displayed through the first weekend in December. During a gala Saturday, December 1, the trees are auctioned off. The festival has raised more than $4.5 million during the past 25 years for health care in Douglas County.

Saturday, December 8
The Spirit of Christmas, Vernonia
This old-time Christmas festival begins with the Ugly Sweater Run at Anderson Park and ends with the Lighted Parade and the lighting of the town tree, followed by photos with Santa. During the day, see the entries in the gingerbread house contest, take horse- and-carriage rides through town, and hear the roving Dickinson Carolers, who are dressed in period costume.

Through January 1
Festival of Lights and Holiday Village, Roseburg
Come and enjoy the Festival of Lights, where you can see the world’s largest nutcracker on display, 90 different light displays, wagon rides and more. Visit the holiday village to see Santa and enjoy some hot chocolate, a model train set, holiday goodies and more.

The Festival of Lights is at River Forks Park through January 1. The Holiday Village is open nightly through Monday, December 24. Enjoy the dazzling lights Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to
9 p.m.; and Friday, Saturday and holidays from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Through December 31, 2018
32nd annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres, Charleston
Famous for its beautiful 7-acre botanical gardens and Japanese lily pond, the gardens shine with more than 325,000 lights. Enjoy this lighted wonderland from 4 to 9:30 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. The Garden House is open with hot cider, punch, coffee and cookies. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle.



December 1, 2018
Lighted Farm Implement Parade, Sunnyside
The Lighted Farm Implement Parade—the oldest farm implement parade in the nation—pays unique tribute to Sunnyside’s agricultural heritage starting at 6:30 p.m. Dozens of tractors, combines and antique farm equipment are uniquely decorated with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights.

Sunday, December 2, and Sunday, December 9
Holiday Bazaar, West Richland
The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave. Admission and parking are free. Donation of new and unwrapped toys, clothing and non-perishables for families in need are appreciated.