Winter is a time to gather with loved ones because there’s a bunch of holidays all rolled into a few months, or maybe it’s just cold out, and you all want to be cozy around the fire. Either way, between gift giving and ringing in the new year, many jovial moments are to be had. There are so many fun things to do in and around Salem! This includes Christmas in the Garden at the Oregon Gardens (if you like mulled wine, shopping for handmade stocking stuffers, ice-skating, and posing with a Charlie Brown character, this one is for you!) and not to mention the fantastic ice-skating rink that just opened up in Salem’s Riverfront Park! If ice-skating isn’t your cup of hot cocoa, then snowshoeing around Santiam Pass is an absolutely epic experience. It’s peaceful, quiet, and a great way to see the mountains in a different light (of course, there’s summer, when you can take a dip, but let’s focus on winter).
The shows and festivities are hopping, too! You’ve got Willamette University putting on holiday performances, the Elisnore Theatre rocking it to the Nutcracker, the Salem Holiday Market with more local goodies, and so much more. Imagine having a laughter-filled evening looking at colorful lights and taking in the jolliness of the city (maybe you’ll see St. Nick), then coming back to the best kept secret in Salem, your personal urban oasis – Pringle Creek Community. A place like no other, a place to come in from the cold, and get cozy while sharing stories about all the wonderful moments you had that day.
And, honestly, who doesn’t want to skip through a candy cane tunnel? Yes, that’s possible. You can ask Laura DeVito, our Marketing and Communications Specialist about that and sweet snowshoeing trails.