Experience Enchantment: Silverton Christmas Market Wins Festival of the Year Award

The Silverton Christmas Market is thrilled to announce its latest accolade: winning the prestigious Oregon Festival and Events Association’s 2023 Festival of the Year Ovation! Award. 

"We are incredibly honored to receive the Festival of the Year award from the Oregon Festival and Events Association," said Rex Gamaney, Event Manager of the Silverton Christmas Market. "This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, as well as the unwavering support of our community.”

The Silverton Christmas Market, known for its enchanting holiday ambiance inspired by European Christmas Markets, has become a beloved tradition for guests of all ages. This past year, the event featured twinkling displays of more than 1 million lights, an artisan vendor market featuring handmade German goods, visits with Santa, live music, snowless tubing, festive food and drinks inspired by Germany, and plenty of holiday magic. 

While this esteemed recognition highlights the Market's ability to create magical holiday memories for families, it also focuses on the Market’s positive impact on the community. The Market continues to provide donations to various local non-profits (including Silver Fall School District, Silverton Area Community Aid, Habitat for Humanity, and more) and the ability to drive tourism during a traditionally slow time to benefit local shops, restaurants and lodging. 

"Each year, we strive to improve and create a memorable experience for everyone who attends, and we’re so grateful for the families who come to celebrate the holidays with us,” said Gamaney. “The event continues to grow, and while it might seem early, we’re encouraging everyone to plan their getaway before 2024 overnight packages sell out!"

The Oregon Festival and Events' Festival of the Year award is highly competitive, recognizing events that demonstrate excellence in organization, innovation, and overall attendee experience. The Silverton Christmas Market stood out among its peers, showcasing its commitment to delivering a festive celebration that delights attendees of all ages. As the recipient of the Festival of the Year award, the Silverton Christmas Market continues to solidify its reputation as one of Oregon's premier holiday destinations. The market extends its gratitude to the attendees, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors who have contributed to its success over the years.

Booking an overnight package is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit and experience the magic of Christmas with your loved ones. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about parking or taking a shuttle!

This special package includes:

  • Entry to the Silverton Christmas Market for each person on the package
  • Parking at the Resort for one vehicle (skip the shuttle!) 
  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast the next morning

Intrigued by the Silverton Christmas Market's enchanting holiday festivities? Let's take a deeper dive into what makes this market a standout destination for families and holiday enthusiasts alike.

Enchanting Ambiance: Step into a world of holiday wonder as you wander through the Silverton Christmas Market. Inspired by the charm of European Christmas Markets, our Market boasts a magical atmosphere that transports visitors to a winter wonderland.

Dazzling Lights: Prepare to be dazzled by the twinkling displays of over 1 million lights adorning the Market. From shimmering pathways to illuminated trees, every corner is aglow with the spirit of the season.

Artisan Vendor Market: Discover unique treasures and handcrafted delights at the traditional German Vendor Market. Featuring a curated selection of handmade imported German goods, candles, jewelry, and much more, this Market offers the perfect opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones.

Santa's Workshop: Children of all ages are invited to share their holiday wishes and snap a memorable photo!

Live Entertainment: Immerse yourself in the sounds of the season with live music performances in the family-friendly Biergarten. From classic carols to festive tunes, our lineup of talented musicians will have you tapping your toes and singing along.

Snowless Tubing: Who says you need snow to enjoy tubing? Experience the thrill of tubing down our snowless slopes, perfect for adventurers of all ages.

Culinary Delights: Indulge your taste buds with festive food and drinks inspired by Germany. From hearty sausages to sweet treats like gingerbread hearts and mulled wine, the Silverton Christmas Market offers a delicious array of culinary delights to satisfy every palate.

As we look to the future, the Silverton Christmas Market remains dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences for all who attend. Whether you're a longtime visitor or experiencing the magic for the first time, we invite you to join us in celebrating the spirit of the season at the Silverton Christmas Market.

Ready to experience the enchantment for yourself? Plan your visit to the Silverton Christmas Market today and embark on a holiday adventure you'll never forget. Stay up-to-date on the latest news and events by following its Facebook and Instagram pages and visiting its website.

Learn more about German Christmas traditions at the Silverton Christmas Market by reading a past blog post, "German Christmas Market Traditions".