Here’s The Most Magical Christmas Parades To Catch In Oregon

Bend Oregon Christmas Parade by Lisa Norwood via Flickr. CC2.

It’s nearly that time of year again.  Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed when the holidays roll around.  There’s get togethers to plan, food to make, presents to buy, and decorating to do.  But we do it all for our families.  Something else we do for our families is spend time together.  If you’re looking for something fun and relaxing to do with your family this holiday season, we’ve got you covered with a list of beautiful holiday parades around Oregon.  So bundle up, bring some hot coco and your camera, and explore the many colorful parades Oregon has to offer.

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NORTHERN OREGON PARADES

1) PORTLAND

By Visitor7 via Wikimedia Commons CC 3

What: If you’re in the Portland area you definitely don’t want to miss the annual Christmas Ships Parade.  This parade is unique for many reasons, one of which is you can catch this parade for 15 nights in December on two different rivers!  Depending on the date and river you choose to watch this amazing parade, you can view it from the waterfront, one of many restaurants overlooking the river, or even from your home if you’re lucky enough to live on the river.  In 2016 this parade came in 9th in the USA Today’s best holiday parade contest.

Date/Time/Location: See the links below for the parade schedule.

Click here for the Columbia schedule.

Click here for the Willamette schedule.

2) WEST LINN

What: Visit the Comming Home For The Holidays West Linn Holiday Parade.  After the parade is over you can join Santa at the Willamette Fire Station for cookies, cider and hot cocoa.  You can also bring a new unwrapped toy to donate for local children in need.

Date: Saturday December 9th, 2017.

Time: 10:00 am.

Location: Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn Oregon

CENTRAL OREGON PARADES

1) BEND

Bend Oregon Christmas Parade by Lisa Norwood via Flickr. CC2.

What: If you’re going to be in Bend this December you’ll want to watch the Christmas Surprises Holiday Parade.

Date: Saturday December 2nd, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: You can view the parade on Newport Ave, NW Wall Street, and NW Riverside Blvd.

2) LOWELL

Photo used with permission of Dexter Lake Christmas Boat Parade Facebook.

What: Check out the Lowell Covered Bridge Tree Lighting and Boat Parade.  Music will be provided by the Lowell High SChool band and there will be caroling and refreshments with Santa Claus!

Date: Saturday December 2nd, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: The Lowell covered bridge on Dexter Lake Reservoir in Lowell Oregon.  Please do not park at the covered bridge as there will be no parking available there.  Instead park at Lowell High School at 65 S Pioneer St. Lowell Oregon.  There will be a free shutthle service to the event from the parking lot at the high school.  Parking is free.

3) VENETA-FERN RIDGE

What: Veneta-Fern Ridge Light Parade.

Date: Thursday December 7th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Downtown Veneta.  The parade starts at 8th street and West Broadway.

4) JUNCTION CITY

What: Junction City Parade of Lights.

Date: Friday December 8th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Junction City

SOUTHERN OREGON PARADES

1) ASHLAND

Ashland Festival Of Lights. Photo by Al Case via Flickr. CC 2.0.

What: Kick off the holiday season with Ashland’s annual Festival of Lights Parade.

Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: The parade starts in downtown Ashland Oregon at the Ashland Public Library and goes all the way to the Plaza for the Grand Illumination where Santa will light over one million lights.

2) KLAMATH FALLS

What: Come see the annual Klamath Falls Snowflake Parade.  Bring hot chocolate and bundle up as it’s usually snowing and cold during the parade.  Watch bright floats light up the night as they roll down Main Street to Veterans Park.  Klamath Falls claims to have the largest Winter Festival in the State of Oregon so you might want to check out the other activities offered throughout the week.

Date: Thursday December 7th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown Main Street, Klamath Falls Oregon

3) GRANTS PASS

What: Enjoy the Grant’s Pass Christmas Parade which features floats and marching bands.

Date: Saturday December 2nd, 2017.

Time: 6:00 pm.

Location: The parade starts at 6th street and K street and then heads north on 6th street in Grant’s Pass.

OREGON COAST PARADES

1) SEASIDE

What: Going to the annual Seaside Parade of Lights is a great way to kick off your holiday season.  This parade features lighted floats and community groups.  After the parade you can join Santa for Christmas carols and the annual tree lighting.  Santa will visit with children afterwards.

Date: Friday November 24th.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: The parade begins on Necanicum Drive at 1st Avenue and moves to Broadway to Pocket Park at the west end of the Carousel Mall.

2) NEWPORT

By Don Ramey Logan [CC 4.0 via Wikimedia.
What: Check out Newport’s Annual Lighted Boat Parade.  Local boats dress up for the season and parade along the waterfront.  Some boats offer rides in the parade for a charge.

Date: Saturday December 2nd, 2017

Time: Dusk.

Location:  Newport Oregon’s historic bayfront.  There is good viewing from the wharf.

If you’re looking for a place in Oregon to see some amazing Christmas light displays, check out this list we’ve put together for you.

 

 

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