Enjoy the Holidays in Salem, Oregon

Magic at the Mill

Salem Oregon Hotel HolidaysThe holiday season is upon us and we hope you will be joining us!  With so many not-to-miss holiday events, Salem Oregon is perfect destination for the whole family.

Whether you are here to visit loved ones, or just because you need a break, we are ready to roll out the red carpet and make this truly the most wonderful time of the year for all of our guests.

Whether it’s holiday shopping, festivals, holiday lights or music, there is something to get even the “Scroogiest” among us into the holiday spirit.Here are great ways to enjoy the holidays in Salem Oregon:

Holiday Themed Fun & Festivals

Thanksgiving Open House Weekend
Various wineries throughout Salem and the Willamette Valley region. Visit willamettewines.com to plan your route. November 28-30, 2014

Annual Community Tree Lighting at The Salem Convention Center Courtyard
Join us at The Salem Convention Center Courtyard for the Annual Community Tree Lighting featuring Santa Claus! The festivities kick off at 4:00pm and include light refreshments, Santa’s elves, singing, childrens crafts and more. Santa will arrive via firetruck at 5:30pm to light the tree and officially kick off the holiday season in downtown Salem, Oregon! Saturday, November 29, 2014 7 p.m.

Holidays at the Capitol ~ Tree Lighting
Oregon State Capitol Rotunda December 2, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm. www.oregonlegislature.gov

Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display
Annual holiday light show in the Gubser Neighbrohood in Keizer, OR. This event raises money and food donations for Marion Polk Food Share. December 6th –26, 2014. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. www.facebook.com/MiracleofChristmas

Deepwood Holiday Open House
FREE community holiday open houses that are fun for the whole family. Highlights include Deepwood in her holiday finery full of trees with sparkle and shine, live music, treats, and maybe even a visit from ol’ St. Nick! Make this YOUR family tradition. December 7, 2014 & December 21, 2014. 1 pm to 4 pm. historicdeepwoodestate.org

Annual Holiday Open House at The Oregon State Capitol
The Oregon State Capitol will host its annual Open House Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The Galleria and Rotunda will house musical acts, as well as authors, artists and other vendors. Cookies and punch will be served. The Oregon State Capitol Store will be open and offering 10% off all purchases made that night. December 10, 2014 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm www.statesmanjournal.com

City of Keizer Festival of Lights Holiday Parade
The Festival of Lights Holiday Parade is the largest nighttime illuminated holiday parade west of the Mississippi! The whimsical holiday experience has become a family tradition for thousands of Oregonians since 1989. Children’s activities, After Glow Celebration, Jingle Buck & Holly Doe Run, holiday fun and more! Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 7:00pm in Keizer, Oregon. Visit www.folholidayparade.org for more details!

Magic at The Mill
The historic grounds at the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill will be brilliantly lit with thousands of twinkling lights while fiddlers, singers, choirs, bands and choruses fill the night with music in this annual festival. This is a must-see for guests of the Grand Hotel in Salem every holiday season! December 19-23, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Festive Holiday Shopping Events

Holiday Showcase & Handcrafted for the Holidays
Traditionally-inspired functional crafts, hand-made gifts and holiday ornaments by Oregon artisans benefits educational and interpretive programming at Bush House Museum, a program of the Salem Art Association. November 8, 2014 -December 24, 2014 Gallery hours: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12-5 p.m., Closed Monday. Free admission. www.SalemArt.org

Deepwood Holiday Gift Sale
Featuring seasonal wreaths, unique jewelry, hostess gifts, handmade treasures, treats and more! 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM November 14-November 15, 2014. www.historicdeepwoodestate.org

Christmas Fair at The Abbey
An artsy and fine arts Christmas fair featuring work from local artists with gift giving in mind. Fun and free gift-making workshops. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. December 6-7, 2014. The Abbey Art Center. www.jeanseauarts.com

Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market
If you are looking for a unique and special gift for your loved ones this year, you will find something for everyone on your list at Salem Saturday Market’s Holiday Market! The market is Willamette Valley’s largest holiday food, gift and decor event . Local Willamette Valley farmers and food producers will have delicious special holiday foods for entertaining available as well. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! December 13th & 14th, 2014 at the Americraft Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. www.salemsaturdaymarket.com

Holiday Concerts & Performing Arts

Christmas Unplugged with John Doan ~ Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit
Emmy nominated for “Best Entertainment Special of the Year” John Doan Presents An evening of group sing-alongs, archival photographs, and sounds of a century ago on period instruments (harp guitar, classical banjo, various zithers). Sunday, November 30, 2014 – 7:00pm $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for Seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18.00. Willamette University Rogers Music Center-Hudson Hall. www.johndoan.com

Willamette University Holiday Celebrations
For more info on these and other events, visit www.willamettemasterchorus.org

  • Christmas in Hudson Hall -Thursday, Dec. 4th and Friday, Dec. 5th at 7:30pm, Hudson Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale in the Music Office on Wed. Nov. 12.
  • Holiday Lighting, Dinner and Concert-Star Trees Family Holiday Concert-An array of holiday and seasonal music for the whole family will be performed by the Willamette University Wind Ensemble and other chamber, jazz and choral groups. December 6, 2014 7 p.m. Admission in Free. No Ticket Required. Seating is limited, get there early!
  • Willamette Master Chorus Holiday Concert- Kick off your holiday celebrations with the Willamette Master chorus and the McKay High School Concert Choir. Selections will include carols from local Salem composers and Glenn McClure’s “Gloria” from the Caribbean Christmas Mass. The combined choirs will perform When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still written and directed by Mr. Scriven. Saturday, December 13, 2014 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday December 14, 2014 at 3 p.m. Tickets are being sold at Travel Salem (503) 581-4325, www.absolutelytix.com, and www.orsymphony.org, (503)364-0149.

Holidays at the Capitol ~ Display and Performances

Holiday scenery with performances daily. December 2-24, 2014. Free admission. Oregon State Capitol Rotunda. www.oregonlegislature.gov

A Children’s Nutcracker
Salem’s American Ballet Academy presents A CHILDREN’S NUTCRACKER show Historic Elsinore Theatre December 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. & December 14, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 advance, $16 day of show. Please visit www.elsinoretheatre.com for details.

Celebrating the Holidays
This USO style show will feature popular music from the World War II era through the present day. The chorus, backed by a combo of bass, piano, guitar, percussion and Chicago-style brass, will offer tunes such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and The White Cliffs of Dover. Soloists and small ensembles will be featured on tunes by Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Beatles, and more. Sunday, December 14, 2014 – 3:00pm Smith Auditorium, Willamette University www.willamettemasterchorus.org
BUY TICKETS: Available at the downtown Salem Travel Café (181 High St. NE) or online at AbsolutelyTix.com.

Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker
This holiday extravaganza once again fills the stage with smiling faces of all ages as young dancers join the Company to tell this beloved story with its grand adventures taken by Clara and Hans. 7:30 p.m. December 17-18, 2014 at Historic Elsinore Theatre. Please visit www.elsinoretheatre.com for details and tickets.

FCO Festival Carolers ~ “Sing We Now of Christmas”
Celebrate the holidays with a festive afternoon of traditional carols performed by the Festival Carolers, dressed in Victorian costume. Includes an audience sing-along and a special story for children. Perfect for the entire family. Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 4:00pm www.festivalchorale.org. BUY TICKETS: Available at the downtown Salem Travel Café (181 High St. NE) or online at AbsolutelyTix.com

Salem Tuba Holiday
Presented by the Salem Concert Band 12 p.m. December 24, 2014. Please visit www.elsinoretheatre.com for details and tickets.

Look for more special holiday celebrations at our local attractions like

Capitol Plaza
A.C. Gilberts Discovery Village
Bushs Pasture Park/Bush House
Historic Deepwood Estate
Mission Mill Museum
Oregon Garden 

For more event information please visit TravelSalem.com.

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