Snowflake Festival, Klamath Falls, OR
Snowflake festival is a weeklong celebration in Klamath Falls OR, a perfect way to kick off winter holidays during December. This beautiful scenic town is located in southern Oregon just east of Cascade Mountains. With more than 300 days of sunny skies every year it is fondly called "City of Sunshine" in Oregon. The SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL was started by the "Howards" a local family almost 25 years back.
If you are planning to visit the region around Thanks giving or early Christmas holidays you are in luck, because that's when the city of Klamath Falls holds the Snowflake festival to begin the holiday season with a bang. In the year 2009 it is scheduled to start on December 6. The Snowflake festival in Klamath Falls is a great fun filled holiday event fit for all ages and all interests.
Full of various events including lighting of the Christmas tree, an amazing holiday parade, food stalls, shopping, and much more, it is great fun for everyone in family. It's also a wonderful event to meet new people, or go on a romantic date.
Take a look at these activities and events scheduled during the snowflake festival.
1. Various contests
There are many contests and activities geared towards the grown ups but the town of Klamath has not neglected the children. There are many contests that they can also take part in.
- The contests start off with the various an Essay writing contest, followed by Coloring Contest and a Teen Pageant.
- The Ginger bread house contest and display are held at Ross Ragland Theater until the end of the festival.
2. Tree Lighting ceremony
The Tree lighting ceremony at Veteran's Park is organized by the city administration in downtown Klamath Falls. It is followed by a visit from Santa and the elves, and Christmas caroling by the natives. Kids get to meet Buddy the Panda at the mayor's office.
3. Snowflake Ball
This extravagant event with a different theme each year is held at the Egyptian Plaza. Last year the theme was silver bells, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather. This year's theme will be soon announced on the website.
4. Snowflake Festival Annual Parade
Last year more than 30, beautifully designed, decorated and dazzlingly lighted floats from all around southern Oregon participated in this spectacular event. It also includes performances by marching bands, and gymnasts. Last year some enthusiast also braved the cold weather in their thin shirts and shorts during THE SNOWFLAKE RUN held at the same time.
5. Hawaiian Christmas Party
Enjoy this fun Hawaiian themed Christmas party called "Mele Kalikimaka Luau" organized at O'Hana Mama's. Lots of tropical food specialties, Hawaiian music and the exciting atmosphere will put in festive mood.
6. Christmas tea and Doll show
Take your little princesses to this great and unique event held at Baldwin Hotel. The ladies will enjoy the tea served in traditional way with refreshments while chatting away with neighbors and friends and watch the girl's all time favorite dolls in many costumes.
7. Wonderland of Trees
Usually held at Egyptian Plaza this contest feature various Christmas trees decorated in individual style. The trees are then auctioned off for charity. You and your family can watch the beautifully decorated tress and guess the winner. You might get some ideas for your Christmas tree decorations at home. The Auction is followed by formal dinner for the attendees.
8. Hand bell Concert
This musical event is held at First Baptist Church. Great performances by locals is a highlight of the show.
9. Snowflake Bowling Tournament
Many people and professional Bowlers compete in this tournament held at Epicenter Bowling Complex. There is also a doubles bowling competition.
10. Winter Light Spectacular
Following the parade, be sure to visit Moore Park for a walk through the Winter Light Spectacular. You will NOT want to miss this event! 250 light displays ranging in size up to 200'x36', animated displays, and much more. There is also entertainment and hot chocolate for the spectators.
Along with these interesting and exciting events there is also A PET EXPO, and ANTIQUE TOY SHOW. This year the organizers are planning to arrange the Pet show during spring when the weather is a little warmer for all the pet lovers and enthusiast to enjoy. For more info on dates and times of these activities visit the cities website at http://www.klamath.org/events.
So take part in contests, Taste some great food, marvel at the beautiful holiday lights displays and have fun watching the beautiful floats during the parade and start your families holiday season with memorable visit to the Klamath Falls and the Snowflake Festival. No matter what your interest is, chances are you will have lots of fun and would want to come back for this festival again and again.