Friday, December 23, 2016

5 Things to do in Oregon During the Holiday Season

Oregon is a unique state with lots to do, especially during the cold, Winter months, and, no matter what you celebrate this time of year(even if you don't celebrate anything at all) there's something to do or a sight to take in. My friend and fellow blogger, Nicky who blogs at Nicky Jane and I set out on a quest to show you the top 5 things to do in the places we live during The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Oregon Zoo Lights
Image courtesy of Oregon Zoo
The Zoo Lights are a yearly tradition in Portland, Oregon, and, they are exactly what they sound like. The Oregon Zoo decs out their cages and exhibits in beautiful, magical lights to create a fun, welcoming and...well...magical environment. Even the non-Christmas people can enjoy the beautiful colors, cheerful atmosphere and brightly lit wildlife. Just make sure to bring an umbrella. In case you didn't know: it rains in Oregon. A lot.
Polar Express
Image courtesy of Mount Hood Railroad
Yes, this is an ACTUAL train ride based off of the amazing Christmas movie: The Polar Express. And, while I have never personally taken the journey, all my friends who have come back and boast about their amazing trip. This journey to the "North Pole" includes Music, Lively conductors who punch fun words into tickets, presents from Santa and of course, singing servicemen pouring Hot Chocolate! It's a real movie come to life in Mount Hood, Oregon.
Voodoo Doughnuts
Image courtesy of Voodoo Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnut is a local doughnut shop that now gets world wide credit for it's unique and delicious doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnuts has locations all throughout Oregon including Portland and Eugene, and have opened locations out of state in Colorado and Texas. My personal favorite is in sugary bubble gum doughnut, while my boyfriend goes for the HUGE Memphis Mafia (a banana fritter with peanut butter and chocolate chips). 

Townshends Tea Company

Image courtesy of Townshend's
If you're cold and looking to warm up, enjoy a hot cup of tea at Townshend's. They are also perfect on a warm day. They serve all kinds of tea, homemade kombucha and any flavor and kind of bubble tea you can ask for. The list goes on and on. Townshend's are located in both Portland and Eugene. 
Enjoy the Scenery

Eugene, Oregon, and particularly the University of Oregon campus is full of beautiful scenery and nature. During the winter layers of ice form on everything and really make us appreciate the beauty around us. Oregon is a very beautiful, green state and we love to keep it that way! Take a walk with your Voodoo Doughnut and your Townshend's tea and enjoy everything that Eugene has to offer! 


  1. I want to go on the Polar Express! That sounds so cool!

    Nicky |

  2. Such lovely photos!! My husband and I were in Oregon a couple months ago, and we absolutely loved it. Everything about the nature is so beautiful. Portland was pretty cool, too. We hope to be back soon!!

    xo E

  3. Those doughnuts look so delicious! YUM!

    ~ Jasmin N