Hood River’s heartwarming holiday parade and tree lighting is a small-town tradition that often comes with many surprises. Mark your calendars for the first Friday in December when the parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Oak and Seventh Streets, followed by the city tree lighting and live music. Before the parade, and throughout the month, enjoy stress-free shopping in Hood River’s historic downtown, where you can find something for everyone on your list—and support small businesses at the same time. (You won’t get views of Mount Adams and Mount Hood while shopping in a mall or from your couch!)
The neighboring town of Mosier is holding the Mosier Country Christmas Fair on the first weekend in December. This annual benefit for the Mosier School has more than 65 vendor booths featuring artisans, crafts, food and more. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa.