: New Year's Eve at Timberline Lodge

Best Holiday Events At Oregon Ski Areas

December 19, 2019 (Updated September 9, 2022)

The holiday break is a great time to head up to Oregon ski areas. The resorts feature activities from Santa sightings on the slopes to torchlight parades, fireworks, tree lightings and celebratory dinners, plus extended night skiing hours to make the most of every hour of vacation. Whether you’re looking for new family traditions, complete alpine New Year’s celebrations for the whole family, or simply an opportunity to ski and snowboard massive amounts of vertical over the holidays, Oregon’s ski areas have you covered.

If you’re heading up to the mountains, be sure to consider utilizing shuttles and bus services offered by Mt. Hood Resorts and Mt. Bachelor to make your trip a breeze. Mt. Ashland also offers frequent free shuttles through the holiday, while Hoodoo coordinates bus transportation from the valley.

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Fireworks over Mt. Hood Meadows. (Photo credit: Jay Carroll/JFoto.com)

Mt. Hood Meadows

Holiday Festivities & Activities

Mt. Hood Meadows turns it on over the holidays, with fun happenings throughout the holiday season. The resort will kick off night skiing featuring 140 acres of night-lighted terrain beginning on December 16 with a holiday party presented by pFriem family brewing. Extended hours will be offered during the holidays, which will be dotted with festive events including culinary tastings, carolers, musical quartets and bell choirs, specifics can be found at the events listings. For families Breakfast With Santa will be presented December 22 and 23, and a special early family-focused New Year’s Eve party will be presented December 31.

A holiday afternoon at Timberline Lodge decked out for the holidays. (Photo credit: Timberline Lodge)

Timberline Lodge

Classic Christmas Traditions & New Year’s Celebrations

Few places effortlessly capture the holiday season as the historic Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood. The season kicks off with the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling in mid-December.

Christmas Eve at Timberline Lodge is full of wonder as Santa makes an appearance with the sounds of reindeer hooves on the rooftop and his emergence from the chimney. Guests sing carols by candle light around the fireplace and enjoy a sumptuous meal (by reservations) in the historic Cascade Dining Room.

The season continues on Christmas Day with Santa sightings on the slopes and a celebratory Christmas Meal served in the Cascade Dining Room and Main Lobby Headhouse.

New Year’s Eve at Timberline includes skiing with the lifts running late, plus late-night fireworks. Guests are invited to warm up in the Ram’s Head bar with live music, drink specials and incredible views of the fireworks. The New Year’s Eve celebration also features a memorable Northwest Alpine-inspired dinner in the Cascade Dining Room (by reservation) with live music, dancing and a champagne toast.

Advanced planning is key as holiday event reservations begin in early October and usually sell out.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor

Ski with Santa on Christmas Eve 

Santa hits the slopes at Anthony Lakes on Christmas Eve. Jolly Old Saint Nick is more than happy to stop for photos and to hear children’s wishes.

At Mt. Bachelor, be on the look out for Santa on the Slopes. No word on how he manages to appear at both ski areas, but that is the magic of the season!

Santa skis! (Photo credit: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort)
Cosmic tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!
Mt. Hood Skibowl night skiing extends late on New Year’s Eve. Photo credit: Mt. Hood Skibowl

Mt. Hood Skibowl

New Year’s Eve Party With Fireworks and Torchlight Parade

Ring in the New Year mountain style at Mt. Hood Skibowl’s Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The resort, renowned for the most night skiing in North America, keeps the lifts running  until late with winter games, cosmic tubing, DJs and fireworks. The resort offers a family-friendly fireworks show earlier at Skibowl East, while the party at Skibowl West is renowned for dancing in the Stube, a torchlight parade and a fireworks show.

Hoodoo Ski Area

All Day New Year’s Eve Celebration 

Hoodoo has earned a reputation as the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The mountain hosts an all-day party on the mountain with lifts running late, a special dinner menu and live music in the lodge, plus a professional fireworks show on the mountain.

About The
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Annie Fast
Annie Fast is a lifelong snowboarder and traveler. She was the editor of TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine and prior to that worked at the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood. Annie writes about outdoor adventures from her home in Bend.

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