Christmas in the Garden

November 28, 2014 - December 21, 2014


Christmas in the Garden is an award-winning event featuring a traditional Christmas Market and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest each Thursday-Sunday, from November 28th to December 21st, 4pm to 9pm.

Christmas in the Garden

Upon arrival, you will enter the Garden and board the Holiday Express, where you will be whisked to the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest. Here, you can:

  • enjoy a traditional German Christmas Market, where you can find the perfect holiday gifts from artisan vendors selling hand-made goods
  • sip gluhwein and other adult holiday beverages
  • listen to festive holiday music & carolers
  • take in the smells and tastes of holiday foods
  • warm up next to fire pits
  • take photos with Santa, who will be visiting regularly
  • walk among lit vignettes and through 300,000 Christmas lights in the forest, including a glowing, 9 foot tall Leg Lamp!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular event updates and use #christmasinthegarden. In 2013, we welcomed 12,700 people to Christmas in the Garden from Salem, Portland, Eugene and beyond, and we look forward to seeing you at our second annual event!

We’re also proud to announce that Christmas in the Garden won the Ovation Award for Most Innovative Marketing Campaign from the Oregon Festivals & Events Association this spring!


Additional Activities

  • Nov. 29: Civil War Game Showing – we will project the game on our big screen, courtesy of Wave Broadband. If you come dressed in Duck or Beaver logo-ed apparel, you will receive $1 off admission.
  • Nov. 30: A Christmas Carol play, at 6:30pm – this 2-person play is perfect for all ages and is performed by Traveling Lantern Theater Co., included with admission.
  • Dec. 7: A Christmas Carol play, at 6:30pm – this 2-person play is perfect for all ages and is performed by Traveling Lantern Theater Co., included with admission.
  • Dec. 12-14: Photos with Santa & Live Reindeer - you will get to meet live reindeer and take your photo with Santa! There will be no official photographer for Santa photos, parents can take their own at no cost.
  • Dec. 13: Pony Rides – Canyonview Camp will provide pony rides for children free of charge, donations are gladly accepted.
  • Dec. 21: A Christmas Carol play, at 6:30pm – this 2-person play is perfect for all ages and is performed by Traveling Lantern Theater Co., included with admission.


Kindergarten Activities

All activities are free & offered by nonprofit organizations – donations are gladly accepted.

  • Nov. 28-30: Letters to Santa benefiting The Oregon Garden Foundation
  • Dec. 4-7: Christmas Crafts benefiting Oregon Forest Resources Institute & Jr. Gardener’s Club
  • Dec. 18-21: Story Time benefiting the Silver Falls Library



  • $5 per person
  • $4 for Garden Members (must show membership card)
  • Free for children 4 & under
  • Silverton residents receive $1 off admission each Thursday ($4 Silverton residents, $3 Silverton residents with Garden Membership – must show I.D. with Silverton address and membership card)

Each paid admission receives five $1 vouchers to be used at any booth in the market, including food and beverage. Vouchers may be used one per booth, per purchase, per person.

Pay admission during your first visit, and then return as many times as you’d like for free, for the duration of the event. Event admission is in lieu of regular Garden admission. Volunteer & receive free admission.


Christmas in the Garden Vendors

We will feature Oregon-based craft/handmade vendors of high quality. There will be 18 vendors on-site each weekend, including:

Vendor City Products
American Western Impressions Portland fine art prints and originals, cut metal art
Art Glass by Dianne Cornelius kiln formed glass
Artisan Workshop Portland original silver jewelry designs inspired by the nature of the Northwest
Blue Eyed Creations Portland fused glass jewelry, ornaments & art
Brian Angell Colton metal tree and mountain figures
Burbeck's  Jewelry Eagle Creek earrings, pins, necklaces, cuff links & ornaments
Charter Oak Farm Ridgefield, WA sedums with pots, paper, quilling & cards
Clearcreek Beadsmithy Rhododendron crocheted bracelets, baskets & earrings
Creative Carved Art Springfield hand-carved wooden santas, snowmen & animals
Designs by Christina Portland earrings, necklaces, cuffs & rings
Driving Me Nuts Dayton flavored nuts
Faron Evans Kelso metal pieces inspired by nature
Fishbowl Pottery Monmouth ceramics
Forgeress Ironworks Washougal, WA custom garden art, bird baths & hand-forged door pulls
Holly's Candles Salem tea cup candles & candle tins
Jaden Glassworks Salem glass-blown icicles, candy canes, ornaments, pendants, clocks and oil lamps
Just Dust Publishing McMinnville books written by local authors
Just for EWE! Springfield needle felted ornaments and holiday decor, wool and fleece scarves, needle felted tablet and laptop covers
Melavora Bakery Corvallis gift boxes of traditional German holiday cookies
Mimi's Cozy Creations Silverton dog coats & treats
Nuttopia Sherwood traditional Bavarian-style roasted nuts
Oregon Trail Quilts St. Helens quilts, purses, wall-hangings, aprons, potholders and jewelry for quilters
Purses with Personality Sweet Home purses, ornamental yard flowers & jewelry
Silver Suds Stayton handmade soaps
Stastny Stone Pots Sheridan concrete mosaic planters, birdbaths, mosaic wall art & basalt sculptures
Stonehill Acres Salem soy candles, handmade soaps & alpaca products
Sweet Oregon Rain Dayton kettle and caramel corn, chocolate bark & wine and vodka slush mixes
The Eclectic Homestead Battle Ground, WA jewelry, painted vases & sedum planters
The Happy Undead Friends Silverton children's books, cards & gift bags
The Meadow of Lavender Colton lavender themed bath and body products, culinary items, dried bouquets, home decor & sewn items
The Soothe Chef Salem whipped body frosting, exfoliating scrubs, lip balms & soaking salts
The Tippin Tea Cup Scotts Mills tea, tea cups, tea pots & tea infusers
Vagabond Sundries Troutdale hand-knit scarves and hats, beaded snowflakes, goat milk soaps & lotions
Wasser Family Trees Silverton hand-crafted reindeer figurines
Women Wine and Words Washougal, WA hand-painted signs, greeting cards, magnets, wine bottle tags & drink tags

Vendor spaces are sold out for 2014. To be added to the waiting list, in case spaces open up, please fill out our Wait List Application.



We will feature live performances each evening. The performers will begin in the Discovery Pavilion, and then will roam throughout the event.

Day Date Time Musician
Saturday Nov. 29 6:30pm Crossing Blue
Sunday Nov. 30 5pm Crossing Blue
Thursday Dec. 4 5pm Mele Ukulele Strummers
Friday Dec. 5 6:30pm Salem Community Chorus
Saturday Dec. 6 5pm
Steve & Melodye
Molalla Community Choir
Sunday Dec. 7 5pm Crossing Blue
Friday Dec. 12 6:30pm Festival Chorale
Saturday Dec. 13 6:30pm Festival Chorale
Sunday Dec. 14 5pm Crossing Blue
Thursday Dec. 18 5pm Steve & Melodye
Friday Dec. 19 5pm
McKay High School Choir
McKay High School Choir
Saturday Dec. 20 5pm
McKay High School Choir
Crossing Blue
Sunday Dec. 21 5pm Crossing Blue

We are currently seeking musicians and musical groups to perform at the event. This would preferably be a roaming performance; however, we may be able to accommodate stationary choirs.  If interested, please email Rachel at


Christmas in the Garden

Outdoor Event & ADA

This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly. There will be covered seating areas, heaters and fire pits placed throughout the event. The event takes place in the Rediscovery Forest, which has a short paved path and various gravel paths. The event is ADA accessible, but some of the paths may not be ideal for folks with limited mobility.


Food & Beverages

Indulge in gluhwein, a traditional hot spiced wine, as you walk through the lights. Hot cocoa, coffee, hot spiced cider, hot buttered rum, spirits and water will also be available.

Traditional German foods will include: fondue with apples, bread and sausage; soft pretzels with fondue; sausage with sauerkraut; tamales; German potato salad; hot dogs for kids and bread pudding.


Overnight Package

The Oregon Garden Resort is offering a special overnight package during Christmas in the Garden. The package starts at $99 on weeknights, $119 on weekends for two people, and includes:

  • two tickets to Christmas in the Garden
  • two beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) served in a commemorative mug
  • accommodation
  • continental breakfast buffet
  • admission to The Oregon Garden

To book the package, visit the Oregon Garden Resort website.



Thank you to: Linn Benton Tractor, Wave Broadband, Oregon Garden Foundation, Oregon Garden Resort, City of Silverton, Pepsi and Withers Lumber for helping to make this event possible!

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May - September
Daily - 9:00am to 6:00pm

October - April
Daily - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Garden is open 365 days a year and is pet-friendly. Check the Visit page for the Visitor Center hours.


Adults $11
Seniors (60 and over) $9
Students (12 - 17) $8
Children (5 - 11) $5
Children (4 & under) Free
Groups (15+ ppl, advance notice) $8ea
All Military w/ ID $8

Contact & Directions

phone (503) 874-8100
toll-free (877) 674-2733
fax (503) 339-2996
address 879 W. Main St.
Silverton, OR 97381

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