We haven’t always been the Silverton Christmas Market, this is how we became the event we are today!
This event has become a beloved family tradition over the past decade, but it was not always called the Silverton Christmas Market. In 2020, the event was Lights at the Oregon Garden Resort and prior to that, the event was held in The Oregon Garden’s Rediscovery Forest as Christmas in the Garden for many years. Since the Resort’s parent company, Moonstone Hotel Properties, no longer manages The Oregon Garden, the event now resides on the grounds of the Oregon Garden Resort. This has been a positive change for the event, bringing a longer and more intimate walking path, a one-way path to ease the flow of traffic and varied landscaping to make one million lights even more spectacular.
The new Silverton Christmas Market aims to focus on its German heritage and gathers inspiration from authentic German Christmas Markets, with collectible mugs; traditional lebkuchen (gingerbread hearts) and gluhwein (mulled wine); artisan vendors; a booth selling imported handcrafted German nutcrackers, smokers and ornaments; and a light section dedicated to Krampus – the wicked German counterpart to St. Nicholas.
Although there is no longer an ice rink at the Christmas Market, there are exciting activities like the snowless tubing hill, the Biergarten, live bands and carolers, and many magical light displays.
The Silverton Christmas Market aims to support the community of Silverton through donations to the school district, local non-profits and discounted admission for Silverton residents to experience the magic.