Winter is just around the corner! Each year, Klamath transforms into a wonderland of festivals, family-friendly events, and winter adventure for you to explore. Anchored by the annual Snowflake Festival, seasonal events are just one part of the broader holiday celebration that will bring charm to the region this season. Streets lined with lights and the familiar sound of holiday carols set the scene, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere while the city of Klamath Falls buzzes with additional events and activities that capture the holiday spirit. It's a time of community, tradition, and genuine holiday joy. Join us in exploring the diverse and exciting events that make Klamath Falls a special place to celebrate the holiday season.
Klamath Falls, a city known for its vibrant community and scenic beauty, welcomes the holiday season with the beloved Snowflake Festival. Since 1984, this festival has been a cornerstone of the holiday celebrations in Klamath, bringing together families, friends, and visitors to revel in the joy and warmth of the season. The festival spans over two weeks, filled with events that cater to all ages, making it a perfect destination for creating lasting holiday memories. Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland where each event sparkles with the magic of the season, turning Klamath Falls into a festive paradise.
Snowflake Festival Tree Lighting
The festivities kick off with the Snowflake Festival Tree Lighting on December 4th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Klamath Commons Park in Downtown Klamath Falls. This event is a spectacle of lights and joy, where the community gathers to witness the lighting of the city's Christmas tree. Meet-and-greets with Santa and the Snowflake Princesses add a magical touch to the evening, making it an ideal event for families to begin their holiday season in Klamath Falls. Feel the holiday spirit come alive as the tree sparkles to life, illuminating the night with thousands of twinkling lights.
Santa Claus is coming to town, and in Klamath Falls, there are numerous opportunities to meet him. 2023 highlights include "Cookies and Milk with Santa" at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on December 6th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and another chance to meet Santa at the Klamath County Library - Downtown Klamath Falls branch on December 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. These events offer a cozy and delightful environment for children to interact with Santa and share their holiday wishes. Capture the joy and excitement in your child's eyes as they meet the jolly man in red, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Want to find even more opportunities to meet Santa? Check out the full Snowflake Festival Schedule.
Gingerbread House Contest
The Gingerbread House Contest, held at the Ross Ragland Theater, showcases the creativity and holiday spirit of the community. From November 29th to December 8th, the gingerbread houses will be on display in the theater's lobby windows. The winners will be announced on December 9th at 11 a.m. during a special award ceremony, making it a festive event for participants and viewers alike. Marvel at the intricate designs and imaginative themes of each gingerbread creation, each telling its own sweet story of holiday cheer.
Performances and Entertainment
The Ross Ragland Theater is the hub for holiday performances, including the timeless "Nutcracker" ballet, with shows on November 26th and December 3rd. The Klamath Chorale also graces the stage, offering musical celebrations of the season. Beyond programming at the Ragland, the Living Nativity will be presented by Westside Community Church at Mountain Valley Gardens from December 9th to 15th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Let the music and performances transport you to a world of holiday wonder, where each note and movement captures the essence of the season.
Winter Running Events
For those who love to combine fitness with festive fun, the Snowflake Mile on December 7th, starting at 6:30 pm on Main Street, is a must-participate event. Additionally, the Ugly Sweater Run on December 2nd at 9:00 am at Harbor Links is a fun and spirited way to celebrate the season in your most colorful holiday attire. Join the community in these lively runs, where laughter and cheers fill the air, making fitness a joyous part of the holiday festivities.
The Snowflake Parade, the centerpiece of the Snowflake Festival, takes place this year on December 7th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm along Main Street. This parade is a dazzling display of community spirit, lights, and holiday cheer, drawing crowds from all over to witness this festive tradition. Experience the thrill as floats adorned with lights and festive decorations parade down the street, bringing the community together in a spectacular celebration of the holiday spirit.
Holiday Ice Skating
The Bill Collier Ice Arena offers a festive skating experience throughout the holiday season, including a special "Christmas Skate-Pictures with Santa" event on December 23rd from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. It's a perfect way to enjoy the holiday spirit on ice. Glide across the rink to the sound of Christmas music, feeling the crisp winter air and the joy of the season with every turn and twirl.
Christmas Lights and Decorations
The holiday season lights up the night with festive displays that are a delight for all ages. Eulalona Park leads the way with its impressive light show, featuring animal shapes and Christmas figures that brighten the winter evenings. In Downtown Klamath Falls, Klamath Commons Park, dazzles with its array of lights and a grand Christmas tree. The journey of lights continues through Downtown Klamath Falls, where Main Street is lined with snowflake lights, adding a charming touch to the local shops and restaurants, each contributing to the holiday spirit with its own decorations. The festive ambiance extends to Sugarman's Corner Park and City Hall, where holiday trees are beautifully lit, creating a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. A unique feature of the season is the decorated train at Veterans' Park, offering a blend of holiday cheer and a hint of nostalgia.
Beyond Downtown, neighborhood displays along Pacific Terrace and Villa Drive are also known for their enthusiastic holiday displays, with last year's Villa Drive even featuring a food truck for cocoa and treats, making the experience more than just a light viewing. Adding to the festive spirit, the Bonanza Hometown Holiday Celebration is a must-visit event, renowned as the largest light display in Klamath County. Scheduled for December 4th, this event in Bonanza brings the community together with a dazzling light parade starting at 5 pm along Highway 70, followed by the annual park lighting, which illuminates the night with more lights than ever before. Earlier in the day, from 1-5 pm, children can meet Santa at the Bonanza Fire Hall, adding to the day's excitement. This year's celebration also features a live nativity and gingerbread house, enhancing the holiday atmosphere. These locations across Klamath showcase the community's dedication to celebrating the holiday season, offering a range of sights that capture the essence of winter's festive charm.
Beyond the scheduled events, Klamath is a gateway to adventures throughout winter. From ice skating and snowshoeing to skiing, the region offers a range of activities for those looking to embrace the season. These activities provide an opportunity for families, couples, and visitors to enjoy the beauty and excitement of winter in Oregon. Embrace the crisp winter air and the beauty of the snow-covered landscape, where adventure and tranquility of Klamath’s outdoors meet the charm of Downtown Klamath Falls.
As you immerse yourself in the holiday festivities, don't forget to explore more of what Klamath Falls has to offer. Bundle your holiday experience with our "Perfect Day in Downtown Klamath Falls Adventure Guide" to discover the full spectrum of activities and attractions in this enchanting city. From cozy cafes to scenic walks, and from unique shopping experiences to cultural landmarks, Klamath Falls is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be explored. Let the holiday spirit guide you through a journey of discovery and joy in Klamath Falls.