Spend the holiday season in Vancouver, Washington! The cooler temperatures in the Pacific Northwest bring a flurry (or drizzle) of winter wonders to the area, where visitors can enjoy twinkling holiday lights, Santa sightings, cultural celebrations, and so much more.

Light Displays

As the days get shorter, the season gets merrier, especially during local winter celebrations. A holiday favorite in Vancouver, the community tree at Esther Short Park will glow throughout the season. Lit up through New Years, stroll or drive by to experience the sparkling lights. The Chabad Jewish Center invites you to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the community menorah in Esther Short Park as well. Enjoy live music, hot cocoa, doughnuts, and a giant ice menorah carving. 

For more interactive celebrations, head to the surrounding Clark County communities. Just east of Vancouver, Camas hosts a Hometown Holiday Event—a wonderful winter celebration including photos with Santa, hayrides, free hot cocoa, holiday shopping, art shows, and more. The tree will be lit for the evening festivities, plus some forecasted “snowfall.” Just north of Vancouver, you’ll find another Traditional Hometown Celebration. Enjoy the holiday spirit of historic downtown Ridgefield where you will see twinkling lights, decorated businesses, gifts, food, and holiday specials.

The longstanding Christmas Ships tradition will return this winter. Experience a fleet of water vessels adorned with colorful lights and wreaths cruise by on the Columbia River—a Vancouver favorite for the past 65 years. For the Columbia fleet schedule head to their website, and make reservations at restaurants on the north bank early if you’d like to enjoy from the comforts of inside. Maryhill's scenic Vancouver Tasting Room will be hosting a viewing party, with some great front row seats from the waterfront.

Festivities on the Farm

Head outside for these family-friendly outings on the farm, sure to bring winter cheer. A local go-to for all seasons, Pomeroy Farm is especially festive in the winter. Enjoy Christmas Tea To-Go, supplying you with everything you need for a holiday luncheon. Or get creative during one of their Wreath Classes! Listen to Christmas music while making authentic greenery wreaths to decorate your door this season.


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Gather your loved ones and adventure out for a Christmas tree hunt at the Klopman U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm. Wander and choose from thousands of Nobles, Douglas, and Grand Fir trees just waiting to be discovered. The “u-cut Christmas tree farm experience” is whatever you make it—grab a tree right by the parking lot or explore the 100 acres of trees to find the perfect one.

Merry Markets

Search creative vendors and local artists at gift gatherings like the Holiday Night Market and Vancouver’s Fall Farmers Market. For classic holiday gifts, check out the newly opened Christmas in Vantucky store (also hosting events like Letters to Santa and an Ugly Sweater contest). Once the holiday gift hunt is complete, bring your unwrapped presents to Kindred Homestead Supply and wrap or get them wrapped by a professional. Select from a collection of old maps, vintage patterns, flax yarn, jute, kraft paper, dried flowers, stamps, and more!

Holiday Activities

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the holiday season brings many festive activities. Catch a showing of Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life at the Kiggins Theatre. This year commemorates the 75th anniversary of the holiday classic! Get in the holly jolly spirit during a laugh-out-loud performance of every Christmas story ever told, presented by Pacific Stageworks. Celebrate the holidays in an active and festive way, while supporting the community, during the Santa's Posse 5K Walk/Run! Funds raised go toward making a special holiday season for less fortunate families in Clark County.

Where will you find Santa this season? For a fun and sensory-friendly visit, children can see Santa in early December at the Marshall Community Center. All families experiencing a disability are welcome with a professional photographer to capture your visit. Santa can also be spotted at The Marshall House. Guests can make holiday crafts, listen to a holiday story, and enjoy some quality family time. Reserve your tickets for the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: Santa Train with warm beverages and a gift for each child from Santa! Don’t forget your camera to capture the special holiday experience. You can also find Santa at the Vancouver Mall for a festive photo op for the whole family including the pets!

For the 21+ crowd, SantaCon is back at Main Event Sports Grill in downtown Vancouver! No ugly sweaters allowed at Santacon however—full Santa getup only. Can you picture the sea of red and white suits? Bring donations of socks and underwear for a local charity and enjoy the unique holiday gathering.

As we become aware of them, more wintertime events will get added to our online events calendar. Check back frequently for updates!