Shoppers gather around a festive stand at a Christmas fair in California.
Thousands flock to holiday markets in Germany for Teutonic gifts and Old World flavor, but you don't need to book a lengthy flight for a dose of yuletide gemütlichkeit (cozy charm). At the inaugural Christmas in the Garden in Silverton's 80-acre Oregon Garden—similar to an event the company holds in California—you take a shuttle ride to the woods, then walk through a tunnel of glowing candy canes to discover a traditional German Christmas bazaar twinkling brightly in a Douglas fir forest.
Munch roasted nuts, sip glühwein (mulled wine), and browse among hand-carved driftwood Santas, handmade jewelry, and wreaths created by the garden's horticulturists. As you shop, roaming carolers, school choirs, and acoustic guitar players provide plenty of cheer.
Gifts checked off your list, you can explore the forest's lighted scenes: elves in Santa's shop, woodland creatures decorating a tree, even the house from A Christmas Story, complete with mannequin-leg lamp. Open weekends Nov. 29–Dec. 22; Santa photos and reindeer Dec. 6–8; pony rides Dec. 20–22. (503) 874-8100, oregongarden.org.
Photography courtesy of Cambria Pines Lodge
This article was first published in November 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.