Win Tickets ($60): Christmas in the Garden @ Oregon Garden | Traditional German Christmas Market, Lights, Live Music, Santa Claus & Live Reindeer

We are giving away three sets of 4 tickets to Christmas in the Garden @ Oregon Garden. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 6.

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From our sponsors:
Christmas in the Garden @ Oregon GardenChristmas in the Garden
Fridays – Sundays 4-9 p.m. | $5
November 29-December 22, 2013
More info:

Oregon Garden Resort
895 West Main Street, Silverton, Oregon, 97381

For families looking to make a new holiday tradition, The Oregon Garden in Silverton is presenting “Christmas in the Garden,” an event based on a traditional German Christmas market. Christmas in the Garden will take place from 4pm to 9pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 29 through December 22.

Families will board the Holiday Express tram, where they will be whisked through The Garden to arrive at the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest. They will walk through a candy-cane light tunnel to arrive in a winter wonderland, where they can shop from artisan vendors selling handmade goods – everything from driftwood Santas, candles, jewelry and pottery to yard art, teas and handbags – there’s even wreaths and swags created by the garden’s horticulturists.

While taking in the smells and tastes of roasted nuts and German foods, parents can drink traditional glühwein (hot spiced wine) and other spirits, while kids enjoy hot cocoa and assorted non-alcoholic beverages.

Everyone can warm up at fire pits scattered throughout the forest while enjoying lighted vignettes: elves in Santa’s shop, woodland creatures decorating a tree, even the house from A Christmas Story, complete with a glowing 9-foot tall leg lamp! Roaming carolers, school choirs, and acoustic guitar players will provide plenty of cheer.

Admission is $5, $4 for Oregon Garden members, and free for children 4 and under. Silverton residents receive $1 off admission each Sunday (must show I.D. with Silverton address). Each paid admission receives five $1 vouchers to be used at any booth in the market, including food and beverage. Vouchers may be used one per booth, per purchase, per person. Parking is complimentary.

Special events will take place on different weekends.

  • On November 29, the Garden will project the Civil War game on its big screen, courtesy of Wave Broadband; if you come dressed in Duck or Beaver logoed apparel, you will receive $1 off admission.
  • December 6 – 8, Santa Claus and his live reindeer will be there for visits; there is no official photographer for Santa photos, so parents can take their own at no cost. On December 14, there will be pony rides (free with a suggested donation of $1 that will go to benefit Canyonview Camp), and on
  • December 15 at 5pm, The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will put on “A Christmas Carol Play,” geared toward families.

For a truly memorable experience, The Oregon Garden Resort is offering a special overnight package during Christmas in the Garden. The package starts at $99 for two people, which includes accommodation, two tickets to Christmas in the Garden, two beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) served in a commemorative mug, continental breakfast buffet and admission to The Oregon Garden.

To book the package, see

Christmas in the Garden is generously sponsored by Linn Benton Tractor, Wave Broadband, Columbia Bank, Wither’s Lumber, The Oregonian, City of Silverton, Oregon Garden Foundation and Oregon Forest Resources Institute. Learn more at

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111 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Christmas in the Garden @ Oregon Garden | Traditional German Christmas Market, Lights, Live Music, Santa Claus & Live Reindeer

  1. Ellen OMalley November 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    This sounds like a truly wonderful Christmas event. I would love to win tickets to this.


    • Angela Maruame November 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      I can’t wait to go! Really want to take my sisters so we can take some magical holiday photos!

  2. Sierra November 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful family adventure with REAL reindeer! Can’t wait!

  3. Ron November 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Oh yes would love too go, what a great fun time with the kids and family.
    We have never been here , we have in the past gone to San Jose,CA where they have similar called Christmas in the park .

    Please give us tickets.

    Happy holidays and happy turkey to day to each and all, and remember to sY thanks to l are fantastic military overseas and keep them in thoughts as many of them will be without thier famikrs and kids .

    Thank you

  4. jamie November 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I work with the nurseries that support the Oregon Garden, but I’ve never gotten to go! I promise to bring all the Christmas joy I can muster. I hear plants dig that stuff.

  5. Laurie November 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful event! I need a little Christmas!

  6. Kara C. November 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I would love to win tickets so my family and I could go! We have a four year old who is very much into this Christmas season and he thinks every thing is so magical right now. We also have a one month old baby whom would love all the lights and music.

  7. Sarah H. November 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    We went last year for the first time and loved it. Would like to take our three year old again this year. But, my husband is in the military and has a federal job. The furlough days are making things tight financially for us. Winning tickets would help out a lot. Plus, I am a military brat as well, born in Germany, I get super excited for German food :).

  8. Carolyn November 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    The sense of community in the garden thru nature and twinkle lights, sets the spirit right! What better reason!?

  9. Wendy Lawson November 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I would love to do something special with my family as this is the last one as our oldest son is leaving for the Army next year. What a memorable way for our family to celebrate Christmas…

  10. Heike D. November 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    I would really like to check it out. It looks on the picture the closest I have ever seen to a real German Christmas Market in this area.

  11. Chris November 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Who doesn’t love the Oregon Garden? People from Siberia!

  12. Isabel November 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I am new to Portland and have become a glutton for community! I have evicted my tv and started appreciating beautiful things in the world! Festivities delight me! My eyes are not starry enough! Spiced wine is literally the best beverage of which I have ever partaken! (Par…took…?)

    If given tickets I will show up in homemade sweaterpants.

  13. Lindsey November 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to Christmas in the Garden! My husband and I got married at The Oregon Garden in 2012 and go back as often as we can! I would love to go as my birthday weekend falls during the event and it would be an amazing birthday adventure!

  14. Melissa November 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    We love starting new traditions in our family. We would really love to be blessed with these to tickets to the Oregon Garden. Christmas in the Garden would be a real treat.

  15. Kathleen Miller November 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    I enjoyed working as a volunteer at the Oregon Garden until I moved to the Coast in 2001. It’s time for a visit and see how the Garden as grown!

  16. Wendy S November 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    We just visited the Garden for the first time in October and loved it! Would very much enjoy going back to experience the Christmas lights & festivities.

  17. Nancy C Clark November 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I volunteer at the Garden, and truly love it…so my sweetie and I had our first date there. He is a teacher and was so impressed that he planned a field trip for his class and raved about how great it was for everyone. We have been there several times now and consider it to be our special place. I would love for us to bring my family so all of us could have fun together at this special event.

  18. Tasha November 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Love the Oregon Garden…and would LOVE to it at Christmas time. Pick me, pick me! :-)

  19. Shauna November 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    My family and I are searching for ways to stay connected as much as we can. My babies are growing up and becoming busy. They are 19, 16 &14. We try to set aside Sundays to get together and do something fun together. Usually it is one child at a time, but because Christmas is moms favorite time of year, I am requesting all be involved since I am still the boss lol. This is how I found this wonderful event.

    Our family is largely German decent but I don’t know much about the culture. I think this would be fun and educational at the same time. I’ve never seen a live reindeer before. How fun.

    Good luck to all. We all could use fun for free in this economy. :-)

  20. Stacie November 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    We are looking for a new holiday tradition to start with our kids after their younger sister passed away last year. This would be a fun new thing to bring joy to our family this year!!

  21. terri November 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    we would make this a celebration with family and friends! enjoying Christmas with all the trimmings! if I won 4 tickets I would buy four tickets! the more the merrier…

  22. Michael E Ashland November 27, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    I’m German, a Christmas nerd and schmaltz-o-holic. Bring it!

  23. Karen November 27, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Christmas in the Garden at Silverton what a Wonderful idea! I’d love to couple up , enjoy the lights, & festivities with friends. May even book a room if I win these tickets.

  24. Roger November 27, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Never been to the Oregon Garden. It would be nice to celebrate my anniversary with my girl in Silverton this year . She is German from Minnesota. Enjoying the Lights & spreading Christmas joy would be a great way to end 2013 ! Pick me to win tickets so I can Romance my lady at this special time of the year in Silverton.

  25. Shannon November 27, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I just learned about Christmas in the Garden a couple weeks ago and it looks absolutely stunning! It looks like a great way for a family to celebrate the holidays. I believe I should win because, after 4 years of separation due to a hasty and drawn out divorce, my family has been reunited and will be spending this Christmas together! Since it has been 4 years since our family has been together, we are trying to establish some new traditions and I believe Christmas in the Garden would be an awesome tradition to get started!!

  26. Amber Williams November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I grew up in Silverton and just had my first baby. I want to take him and help him make his own Christmas memories in my hometown.

  27. Miyuki November 27, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I want to see live reindeer!

  28. Carrie Frey November 27, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Would love to attend this event at this great local venue to get in the festive holiday spirit!

  29. Zella November 27, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I would love to visit the Oregon Garden at Christmas and experience the German Christmas market. My college friend was just here from Germany and I’m missing her already! Seeing a bit of German festivities would bring part of her world to mine. Merry Christmas!

  30. Guy George Pool November 27, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    We have friends coming from Lebanon, Oregon and would love to share the Christmas in the garden with them!!

  31. Marissa November 27, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    This sounds awesome, I’d love to get down to Silverton for this.

  32. Pam Ferguson November 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Hello…. I would love to win tickets to the Oregon Garden’s Christmas Markets event! I have been lucky enough to have been to Germany during the Christmas season and loved the environment. (Also loved the gluhwein!) I live in a community in North Portland with many ladies (older) that don’t get out too much. Many don’t have cars or extra money to do great things like this! When I first saw that this was happening, I started talking about it on my facebook page. Now, I have a whole host of ladies that want to go! So, I could use the tickets and put them to very good use! Thanks PDXPipeline for making them available…. Happy Christmas to all!

  33. Fred November 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    My wife and I would love to go to this event. Been to the Oregon Garden a few times and have always been impressed.

  34. Amber November 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    This would be a fun event for a double date!

  35. Amanda November 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I loved doing New Years in the square when I was younger. Now that it no longer happens, I’d really like to take my amazing boyfriend to something romantic and fun for our first holiday season together!

  36. Angela Maruame November 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    I can’t wait to go! Really want to take my sisters so we can take some magical holiday photos!

  37. Rebecca Brady November 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I would love for my son to visit this magical event for the first time!

  38. Sarah G November 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Been wanting to go to the Oregon Garden for years – this would be a really special way to see it for the first time!

  39. courtney November 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    My husband’s family is from Germany and I am always trying to find a way to impress my mother-in-law. This experience plus the German Marketplace, will clearly win me the best daughter-in-law this holiday season. Please let me suck up to my husbands family by choosing me a winner!

  40. Tracy Lea November 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Gorging on GLUWEIN, fried foods, and juicy sausage for an evening is a perfect way to enjoy a German Christmas in Oregon without the jet lag! Petting Reindeer and buying handmade holiday decor in a fab location…truly the best Christmas ever.

  41. Heather November 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Yay this sounds awesome, would love to go with my fam!

  42. Rebecca Feucht November 27, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Thanks for the chance at free tickets. My husband, 2 boys and I just moved here from Alaska, and I’d really love to take them somewhere extra Christmassy since we are now without snow. This is close to their grandparents, who we will be celebrating Christmas with for the first time. One son is now 3.5 and is surprising me every day with his increasingly good memory. This is really prime time to step up the magical experiences.

  43. Melissa November 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    As my kids turn to teens I want to continue having special local holiday traditions that they haven’t outgrown and this type of humor is right up their keep Portland weird Christmas lane!

  44. April November 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    This would be a lovely Christmas tradition to start.

  45. Sarah November 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I am going to make this outing a priority because I lived in Germany once. When I think of the beautiful Christkindlesmarkt my eyes get stars in them again! I hope that this will bring me back to that beautiful sight without paying for an airplane ticket!

  46. Kimberly November 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    We have never been to the Oregon Garden and I have 3 girls that would just love to go see all the lights and fun things they have there.

  47. Karson November 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Man, would I love to see this!

  48. sasha November 28, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I would love to win free tickets. sounds like a great event I’ve never been before

  49. Carolyn November 28, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    What a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas! I’d love to drive down & bring my family & friends along.

  50. Christy November 28, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    My family and I have always wanted to visit the Oregon Garden. This would be a wonderful experience for my sons- Christmas twinkle lights are my favorite. What a great way to get the holiday off to a fabulous start.

    Thank you for offering such a fantastic opportunity.

  51. Mary Oxford November 28, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I have never been, so it would be a wonderful adventure to take my daughter and grandson
    to see such a beautiful event.

  52. Scott November 28, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Sounds like fun

  53. Barbara November 28, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Sooo beautiful! Love the Gardens anytime of year.

  54. Brina November 28, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I just moved here from hawaii. It’s fun to have seasons again. I wanna see some of the fun things to do around here and this sounds like one of them. I would love to go. :)

  55. Ditty Nicolaides November 28, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Perfect for my grandson and me!

  56. Mr Karl Michael Jacobson November 28, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Someone has to win – may as well be me.

  57. Jessica November 28, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Because I love Christmas, Christmas lights, reindeers, Santa…….all of it.

  58. panda November 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I love everything about Christmas! candy cane lane, I’m in!

  59. Carolyn November 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I love the Oregon Garden and would love an excuse to visit again!

  60. Kathleen Doster November 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    This would be such a blessing to receive! Good luck to everyone, God Bless You and Merry Christmas!!!

  61. I would love to take my mom and my grandson to see the beauty November 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Would love to take my mom and my grandson to see some beautiful sights.

  62. Tracie November 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Would love to take my mom and my grandson to see some beautiful sights

  63. Rosie November 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I would love to take my niece & nephews so that they can experience a bit of their German heritage in this wonderland.

  64. Chris November 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I’d love to go on my own, but won’t have the chance. I was laid off from my job last Friday, just before the holiday season began. I’d love to receive some holiday cheer this year, more than any other, and it would be sure to lift my spirits to be able to attend! Thanks

  65. Kate December 1, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    I’ve never been. It looks awesome.

  66. Patricia December 1, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    My daughter isn’t old enough to understand Christmas, but gets so excited over Christmas lights. She won’t stop saying “wow” and actually dances when she sees them. Being in the garden with all of the lights would make her year and I’d love to take her!

  67. Shawn Koziel December 1, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    My family would love this!

  68. Tim December 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Love to see your interpretation of one of my favorite German traditions. Thanks

  69. Lydia December 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I would be very appreciative to win tickets to Christmas in the garden, especially to surprise my fiancé. My fiancé and I use to live in Germany after his service in Iraq. When we lived there we loved to stroll through the markets and enjoyed gluhwein as well. Both of us are very interested in German culture. This would be great for us to reminisce upon our years together and maybe make him feel that there is both a sense and respect for German culture here in America. He has been having a tough time adjusting from having been in combat, this would mean so much to us. Thank-you for this opportunity.

  70. jenni December 2, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    this is happening on my birthday!!!!

  71. Nancy Guyer December 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    This sounds like a great event to practice some much needed self-care from school, during the holiday season. Would love to win tickets to Christmas in the Garden for me an my good friend of 30 years, a fellow high school classmate.
    Thanks for the consideration~

  72. Gordon Verbiske December 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I haves lived in Portland for 17 years and have not had the pleasure of visiting the Oregon Gardens. It would crazy awesome if I could take the wife and kids to a treasured Oregon Christmas tradition.

  73. Gabrielle December 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    This looks absolutely wonderful, I would love a chance to experience a christmas event while I live in PDX as a poor college student!

  74. Nicole December 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Christmas is my favorite time of year

  75. Ashley December 4, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I would love to take my 3 kids to see Santa and his reindeer! This is going to be a tough Christmas for us and this would brighten my kids smiles. And I would love to see them happy, that’s all I want for Christmas.

  76. Jenine December 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    This weekend is my husband’s birthday. Growing up, he never really got into the holiday spirit but in recent years he is coming to enjoy this time of year more and more. I would love to bring him to this event as part of his birthday celebration and also to bring him some holiday cheer.

  77. Kat December 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful way to spend time with my kids and family!

  78. Bjoern December 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    This looks great! Would love to go.

  79. Paula December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    My son is missing Germany after a trip there this summer. I’d love to bring back some good memories for him at Christmas in the Garden.

  80. Chris December 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    New to Portland looks like a fun event my fiance would love!

  81. Ian December 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Yes please! Merry Christmas!

  82. kRISTEN December 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I love German christmas markts! Pick me :)

  83. Katia December 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I am new in town and looking to create some new Holiday traditions for my family. Please give me free tickets!

  84. Stefanie December 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Oregon Garden and want to go! I am leaving for a new job in 3 weeks and this would be a fantastic way to send me off!

  85. Anne December 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Perfect thing to do on a dry, cold Portland evening. We can pretend we’re in Germany.

  86. Stephanie December 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    My youngest son mentioned this year that he liked Christmas better when we did more things. It’s been a rough few years and I would love to start some new traditions. It would make our holiday awesome.

  87. Dawn December 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    This sounds lovely. A perfect holiday date for the husband and I, and fun for the toddler to see reindeer,

  88. stephanie December 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I am trying to do as much Christmas stuff as I possibly can this year… you know, to be all Christmas spirit-y! :) it would be great fun to brave the cold and try something new!

  89. Sascha December 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I lived in Germany for 21 years, and now having been back in the US for only 1, I really miss my German Christmas markets! I would love to see how they’ve been interpreted over here.

  90. Monica burnett December 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I would love to make this a new family holiday tradition. Even if we don’t win , I’m still going!!

  91. Melissa Cook December 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I’ve never been to this event before and would love to take my family and share our experience on my blog!

  92. Elise December 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    This sounds amazing!

  93. Andrea December 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I have never been to this event and I would love to take my bf to this as he is German and missing his homeland.

  94. Danielle McCoy December 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I have never been an want to take my baby!

  95. Laura December 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    This sounds like such a wonderful Christmas cheer-filled- adventure!!!

  96. nicolle December 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    i would love some tickets!

  97. Frank Byers December 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    This would be great fun for me and my nieces.

  98. Victoria Gantz December 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I really think it’s time for me to win! I haven’t been to the Oregon Gardens since it’s grand opening. It is time!

  99. RC December 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    new to the area and would love to see what this is all about!

  100. laura December 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    I’ve never seen a real live reindeer. Or a non-live reindeer (I am so thankful for that!) But more then anything I think my grandmother would absolutely love this event! But she isn’t hip enough to go on-line and enter cool contests like this so I have to do it for her. :) So pick my Grammy! I call her Grammer Jammer!

  101. Dana December 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Sounds like a fun event. Would love to attend.

  102. seth francis December 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    I am the re-incarnation of Clark Griswold, and this is what I need to get me in the spirit of Christmas. Please help me save Christmas for my family with a train ride to the Christmas forest, and the warm, loving glow of a child’s happy face will be the reward for spreading your Christmas cheer in my direction!
    thanks :)

  103. Jen December 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    9 months pregnant and would love to go take some final maternity photos and enjoy the holidays!!

  104. Allison December 6, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Our 2.5 year old daughter has discovered the magic of Christmas. She would be all smiles, hopping, and squeals of joy at Christmas in the Garden!

  105. tiffany December 6, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    we’ve never been to the oregon garden. we would love to see it at christmastime!

  106. Mark Hansen December 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    My little guy is 2 1/2 and so stoked about Christmas. We haven’t paid a visit to Santa yet, and this would be the perfect place to go see him.

  107. Miranda December 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    We may be low on money this year, but we still have tons of Christmas spirit! It would be great to see the kiddos smile.

  108. Lisa December 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    It would just be really nice to win and take my family to this amazing experience :) Thank you :) joyfully Lisa ;)

  109. Sasha December 13, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I would love to go to this it sounds really cool and I’ve never been before. I’ve always wanted to go to germany during the holidays but never been able. this sounds like the next best thing

  110. Jaime December 20, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I would love to wander and see the lights and sip some mulled wine. Sounds wonderful!

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