Best Holiday Events At Oregon Ski Areas

December 19, 2019

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 hourly free shuttles through the holiday, while Hoodoo coordinates bus transportation from the valley.

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

Mt. Hood Meadows

Non-stop Holiday Festivities & Activities

Mt. Hood Meadows really turns it on over the holidays, with happenings nearly every day starting with Breakfast With Santa December 22 and 23, 2019. This reservation-only kids event includes breakfast overlooking the slopes with a personal visit from Santa.

The resort also celebrates the season with Meadows After Dark, with the lifts running from 9:00am to 9:00pm every day from December 25 through January 6, 2019 except for Monday, December 30 when lifts close at 4:00pm, and New Year’s Eve when lifts run past midnight. Meadows After Dark features 140 acres of night-lighted terrain for only $39. Non-skiing visitors can also get outside during the snowshoe tours offered daily at 1:30 from December 21 through January 1, 2019.

Meadows is known for its Rockin’ New Year’s party, this year will be no exception with late night skiing until midnight, fireworks, music, a buffet dinner and dancing culminating in a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Kids are invited to celebrate with their own New Year’s party with a balloon drop at 9:45pm. The resort offers packages including bus transportation from the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort & Mt. Bachelor

Ski with Santa on Christmas Eve 

Santa hits the slopes at Anthony Lakes from 10:00am until noon 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 out skiing from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 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)

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 on Friday, December 13, 2019.

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 from 3pm–7:00pm in the Cascade Dining Room and Main Lobby Headhouse.

New Year’s Eve at Timberline includes skiing from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, plus a fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. 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 (reservations are available here) with live music, dancing and a champagne toast.

Timberline Lodge decked out for the holidays.
Cosmic tubing runs until 11:30pm during Mt. Hood Skibowl New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!
Mt. Hood Skibowl night skiing extends until 2:00am 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 32nd Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The resort, renowned for the most night skiing in North America, keeps the lifts running  until 2:00am, with winter games, cosmic tubing (until 11:30pm), DJs and fireworks. The resort offers a family-friendly fireworks show at 9:00pm at Skibowl East, while the party at Skibowl West features dancing in the Stube, a pre-midnight torchlight parade and a midnight 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 from 9:00am to 9:00pm, a special dinner menu and live music in the lodge until midnight, plus a professional fireworks show on the mountain at 9:00pm.

About The

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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