The holidays are unique and offer plenty of opportunities for fun in the Pacific Northwest. Travel north of Seattle for a wonderland of lights or ski Mount Bachelor near Bend. If you love the solitude of nature, bundle up for a state park hike. If urban nightlife is more your speed, several towns have festive celebrations throughout the season. Here are a few of the top holiday celebrations in the Pacific Northwest.
The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood
Stanwood, Washington is just an hour from Seattle, and many think it’s the best Christmas getaway in the area. Ride the Polar Express Train, pick up last minute presents from local artisans or catch entertainment at Joyland Concert Hall. Warm up at fires throughout the venue or purchase something hot to sip at the Starry Night Coffee House.
There are a number of places to stay, including the Bayside Inn or the Nutcracker Suite at Trails End. Many visitors think Christmas at The Lights will be a one-time event and end up returning year after year.
The city of Bend is in the central part of the state. It offers a wealth of outdoor activities like skiing and backcountry hiking, but the good food and drink in town are also a main attraction. During the holidays, Bend’s residents fill the Old Mill District with decorations, carolers and free carriage rides. Listen for Santa’s booming laugh as children share their wishes or people watch from some of the districts warehouses turned into restaurants.
When you need a break from gift buying and revelry, step out into new-fallen snow for the solitude your spirit craves. Snowshoe Dutchman Flats or trek Wanoga Sno-Park to see a winter wonderland unlike anywhere else.
View these festive vessels throughout the month of December from several locations along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. If you’re near the Willamette, a few vendors offer a dinner cruise that gets you even closer to the parade.
Coeur d’Alene Idaho
USA Today selected the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Holiday Light Show as one of the top ten in the nation. Any time between Thanksgiving and New Years, visitors can view 1.5 million lights, America’s tallest floating Christmas tree and a huge on-water light display. Each night a fleet of ships departs throughout the season to see the lights from the water.
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