He may have been green and grumpy, but The Grinch got one thing right: the magic of Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Here in Sisters, Oregon it comes from the priceless memories made on our wide mountain peaks, where holiday cheer falls as fast (and as thick) as a blanket of fresh Christmas snow. If you’re looking to add a little bit more to your holiday season, here are five things sure to make a memorable mountain Christmas in Sisters, Oregon.
1. A Tree-riffic Holiday Hunt
Forget those fake store-bought firs! From now through New Years Eve, trek through Deschutes National Forest to find a holiday tree worthy of Santa himself. You can purchase a tree permit in seconds online, then scour the slopes around Sisters for your pick of thick and fragrant firs, ancient pines, and shapely spruce trees. At just $5 each, it may just be your favorite new family tree-dition!
Pro tip: Hauling a tree is heavy work. Book Juniper and Pine, a 3-bedroom home that backs up to the forest, for festive trees as far as the eye can see!
2. Christmas Carriage Rides
A chilly horse-drawn carriage ride through the snowy streets of Sisters can really help harness that holiday magic. Book a romantic Christmas ride with North Pine Carriage Company to snuggle close under covers, sip steaming mugs of hot cocoa, and soak in the winter scenery to the cheery chime of sleigh bells. Just don’t forget to have a treat for your favorite hooved chauffeur!
3. Dark Sky Sleigh Parties
Searching the skies for Santa’s sleigh is a beloved holiday tradition, and it’s even better from the top of a soaring mountain summit. The winter skies around Sisters are dark and clear, and you may just catch a magical sleigh making its way among the sparkling stars and Christmas constellations. You can even book a starlight snowshoe adventure with Wanderlust Tours to enjoy a magical trek through the Cascade Mountain Range, where dazzling meteor showers paint the sky like twinkling strands of tinsel.
4. Festive Holiday Events
Enjoy some holiday spirit in true Sisters style at our many local Christmas events. From Christmas parades and holiday markets to the unique charm of our Ugly Sweater Run, we’ve got festive cheer for the whole family. Just a few miles north of our city center, Black Butte Ranch has a whole host of holiday fun, from Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Day Dinner to Christmas crafts and family carriage rides.
5. A Cozy Christmas Home For The Holidays
There’s no place like home for the holidays–unless that home is a cozy mountain cottage full of warm Christmas cheer. Sisters Dream Inn is an authentic pine log cabin on 2 forested acres, perfect for lounging in front of a crackling fire as a fresh coat of snow fills the windows with frost. Or make Christmas memories at Meadow View Cabin, where winter wildlife abounds and 10 private acres offer plenty of space for family snowball fights and other festivities.
Make this season one for the books and book your mountain Christmas adventure with Sisters Vacation Rentals today. After all, Santa might be watching!