Klamath Falls Various venues
Late November to early December www.klamathsnowflake.com
The Snowflake Parade draws its audience from throughout Southern Oregon and beyond, and while many of the other festival activities— Gingerbread House Competition, Bowl with Santa, Snowflake Dance,
Klamath Snowflake Festival America Photo Gallery
Santa Freeze, just to name a few—are mostly attended by local and area residents, the festival also offers the Ugly Sweater 5K Run, exactly the kind of eclectic road race that appeals to dedicated fun runners everywhere (preregistration is required).
The Klamath Snowflake Festival begins with the afternoon arrival of Santa Claus at Kiger Stadium, and thereafter, over the course of two weeks, children have a dozen or so opportunities to meet Santa; a full list of Santa appearances and festival events is available on the festival website.
Klamath Falls—130 miles south of Bend and 70 miles over the Cascades from the Ashland/Medford area—is a long drive for most Oregonians, so stay a while when you get there and immerse yourself in this friendly and engaging community. Among the worthwhile sights is the Favell Museum, which displays an incredible collection of Native American artifacts; the city also has a pair of under-the-radar breweries—Klamath Basin Brewery and Mia and Pia’s Pizzeria & Brewhouse—and a small assemblage of excellent and oft-lively restaurants.
Runners stride through downtown Klamath Falls during the Snowflake Mile, a popular event at the Klamath Snowflake Festival.
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