Hood River Holidays

Each year, Hood River is transformed for the holidays, with its storybook downtown adorned by twinkling lights. It also has numerous special holiday events, including an annual holiday parade and community tree lighting. It’s the perfect destination for families and holidays shopper.

To help make holiday shopping stress-free, customer parking is free throughout the city of Hood River between December 11-25.

Nov 17-19: Holiday Open House. Shop Early. Shop Local.

Nov 25: Small Business Saturday

Dec 1: Hood River Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Experience the small-town charm of Hood River at the annual holiday parade and tree lighting. Kick off your holiday shopping in the historic downtown, and then watch the holiday parade as it winds through downtown. The evening culminates with the city tree lighting, caroling, and perhaps even a Santa sighting.

  • 4-6 p.m. – Hood River Holidays shopping at select downtown merchants
  • 6 p.m. – Holiday parade begins on Oak Street and Seventh Avenue and heads downtown
  • 7 p.m. – Tree lighting and caroling at State and Second Streets

Important Parade Information:

Sign up to participate in the parade here.

Please check in at the start of the parade near Oak and 7th Street between 5-6pm.

The parade line-up is first come, first served, except for the parade sponsors who will be first in line.

The parade starts at 7th and ends at Hood River News parking lot for the community tree-lighting ceremony. See below for more staging details.

Please adhere to the following rules to keep the parade safe and fun. Thank you!

  1. If you have kids or people on foot in your entry or need extra space, please park in the Hood River County parking lot on State Street between 6th and 7th (adjacent to the church) or Hood River News parking lot at 6th and State Street—then proceed to get into the parade line up starting at 5pm. Please allow extra time because parking and access may be challenging due to street closures starting at 5pm.
  2. You may have Santa-like decorations, but there can be no human Santa in your entry. There is only one living Santa allowed in the parade and he will be at the parade end as part of our grand finale.
  3. Your entry must be decorated with a holiday theme and be designed for a family audience. Our goal is to encourage the holiday spirit and this is a family event—so please no edgy messages or political campaigns.
  4. It is important that you stay in line and keep the parade moving forward. You must follow our designated route please. Think safety first in all your actions. The parade will end at 3rd and State Street. If you want to park and come back to enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, you may park in the Hood River News parking lot and walk down to the tree on 2nd and State Street.
  5. Please no littering on the parade route. Provide a cleanup person or bags for animals.
    Please keep Hood River beautiful!