Make a Day of It: Silver Falls then Silver Bells at the Oregon Garden

Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is the Oregon Garden!

While the Oregon Garden is a year-round operation, they are right in the middle of their Christmas in the Garden festivities. Christmas lights, fire pits, music, and the Gilgamesh Brewing Tent will keep everyone warm and the vendors in the market offer an opportunity to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done.

My kids were especially fond of the awesome Candy Cane Tunnel and the huge 20+ foot tall tree flowers! We snacked on Kettle Korn and took in some fun live music in the cozy covered confines of the food and drink tent. Luckily we mostly missed the rain that has been bombarding us this month, though there appeared to be a lot of covered areas anyways!

2015/2016 Event Dates:  November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016


  • Ice Skating
    • Open daily November 27 – January 3 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)
    • Thursdays – Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 20: 11am – 3pm & 4pm – 9pm
    • Mondays – Wednesdays, Nov. 30 – Dec. 16: 5-8pm
    • Daily Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26 – Jan. 3: 11am – 3pm & 4pm – 9pm
  • Christmas Market
    • Thursdays – Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 20: 4pm – 9pm
    • Daily Dec. 21-23: 4pm – 9pm
  • Lights
    • Thursdays – Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 20: 4pm – 9pm
    • Daily Dec. 21-23, Dec. 26 – Jan. 3: 4pm – 9pm

Cost: Purchase tickets here:

Admission into the Garden itself is $6 and once you pay admission during your first visit, you can return as many times as you’d like for free, for the duration of the event. This will get you into the park and let you see some of the cool light displays and take in the festivities. You will also receive five $1 vouchers to use at the various vender booths that are set up within the market (there are some minor restrictions).

For the first time, the Oregon Garden has created an outdoor (yet covered) ice skating rink! It cost $12 to skate and $5 to rent skates (on top of admission).

Stay: Now that school is out (or close to being out), it may be nice to take a little break from the hustle and bustle of your house. The Oregon Garden Resort is right on site and offers a variety of deals during the holidays. This will allow you to spend a day on the trails and a night in the lights WITH a shower in between!

Please keep in mind that the Oregon Garden is so much more than just a holiday festival. They have events throughout the year (Including the Oregon Garden Brewfest!) and when the weather turns over, the grounds are immaculate and mesmerizingly beautiful. My wife’s cousin was married here in the late summer a few years ago, and it was breathtaking.

Follow the Oregon Garden on Facebook to be kept up to date on all that they have to offer!

Thank you to the Oregon Garden for providing Run Oregon with passes to take in the festivities.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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