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Winter

 

Seasonal Highlights

 

Temperatures are dropping, and the moisture is upon us. In the Cascades, this means fluffy, white snow and exhilarating Oregon skiing and snowboarding. Hurrah! In Eugene and on the Oregon Coast, this means rainy day hikes and warm, cozy getaways. Ahhh...

Whale Watch & Storm Watch

On the Oregon Coast this is the peak season for winter whale watching, as spouting mammoth gray whales embark on their southern migration.

Nature hobbyists and storm chasers also relish winter storm watching, with its huge thundering waves and dramatic skies. The Oregon Coast is known for its gusty winds and rolling fog banks.

Holiday Lights

'Tis the season for festive light displays! Turn out for a magical procession of huge lighted floats through Junction City, Veneta and Coburg. Eugene's bright spots include the Gilham neighborhood and 28th & Chambers. Book a limousine tour of lit-up local neighborhoods and area landmarks. Sam's Place also offers holiday tours around town.

On Highway 58, the Lowell Covered Bridge is magnificently illuminated with red and green lights which reflect off the smooth waters of Dexter Reservoir. Further along, Westfir's Office Covered Bridge, known for its dedicated pedestrian walkway, is also decked out in full holiday lights. Its annual bridge lighting is a festive holiday event. In Cottage Grove, the Village Green Resort lights up its many gardens in full Christmas regalia.

Holiday Happenings

Since 1953, the Springfield Christmas Parade has been a favorite tradition and earned the reputation as the area's "oldest and coldest" parade often drawing a crowd of 10,000 people. In December, even if it is not chilly, experience "snow" falling at Eugene's Fifth Street Public Market every Friday and Saturday during dusk. 

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