Christmas in the garden

More than 600,000 lights make up the holiday display at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The Newport 60+ Activity Center is sponsoring two trips to see the light display, on Monday, Dec. 3, and Monday Dec. 17. (Courtesy photo)

Newport 60+ Activity Center sponsors outing

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is happy to be offering two fun-filled trips to see the holiday light display this season at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The first trip will be on Monday, Dec. 3, and the second will be on Monday Dec. 17.

Upon arrival, visitors board the Holiday Express tram, where they are transported to the Rediscovery Forest festooned with 600,000 holiday lights, including a scene from the North Pole. Walk through a sparkling winter wonderland complete with displays that include a 100-foot Candy Cane Tunnel, a 9-foot tall Leg Lamp, 22-foot-tall Flowers, Giant Shooting Stars, Santa’s Sleigh and much more.

Visitors can then shop from more than 20 artisan vendors selling handmade goods, go ice skating, take family photos with Santa, sip traditional Gluhweinor hot cocoa, enjoy the sounds of carolers singing festive holiday music throughout the area, and take in the smells and tastes of roasted nuts and traditional German foods.

This is an outdoor event, so people should dress accordingly. There will be covered seating areas, heaters and fire pits placed throughout the event.

The cost for this trip is $21.. The 60+ Adventure Van will be leaving Newport at 2:30 p.m. and will be returning around 9 p.m. Space is limited.

For more information, or to pay for a seat, stop by the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 20 SE Second St., or call at 541-265-9617.

To see a listing of trips, classes or events, go online at or

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