Winter Festival at Silver Falls State Park

Enjoy seasonal crafts, guided hikes, and nature education, plus take home a commemorative ornament.

A waterfall plunges over the edge of a cliff surrounded by wintry conditions and snow

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With a bit of magic, Silver Falls State Park becomes a winter wonderland. In each roaring waterfall, you’ll see Santa’s beard, and just a sprinkle of imagination reveals colorful baubles hanging from the evergreen trees.

Families can enjoy even more hands-on holiday fun at the park during its Winter Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, staff and volunteers will host guided walks, where guests will learn about animal tracks and how waterfalls change in the winter. Visit the picnic shelters to build bird nesting boxes and bird feeders, or create your own wreath.

All of these free activities (a $5 parking permit is required) will take place at the South Falls day-use area, except for the gingerbread cookie decorating. That will be located at nearby Smith Creek Village, which is also hosting holiday-themed dinner each evening (reservations are required).

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