When winter approaches, many of us eagerly anticipate Christmas. We crave the warm, comforting appeal of twinkling lights, seasonal cuisine, and the magic of beloved holiday films. If you're searching for the perfect winter wonderland to spend your holiday, consider the Willamette Valley and, more specifically, McMinnville, Oregon. This charming town has a plethora of delightful activities to enjoy throughout the holiday season.
Here are some of our favorites to add to your itinerary!
Top 3 Ways to Spend Christmas in McMinnville Oregon
Best Downtown Shopping on 3rd Street:
One of the special elements of every Holiday Season is spoiling the ones we love with thoughtful and unique gifts. We want to see the surprise and delight with every rip of the wrapping paper. If you're looking for that special something while on your visit to McMinnville, you've come to the right place. Just within walking distance of the Douglas, there are so many unique, personal, tasty and beautiful gifts.
When you're strolling 3rd street we suggest peaking into La Bella Casa. They feature a wide variety of custom McMinnville gear, home decor, apparel, and dining amenities. Tucked behind La Bella Casa you'll find Cupcake Couture, a women's clothing boutique dedicated to offering high-quality fashion at accessible prices. You wont want to miss their seasonal selections.
For the foodies in every group we suggest hitting two special spots, NW Food & Gifts and Third Street Oil & Vinegar. NW Food & Gifts carries 200 handcrafted goods, 160 local wines, and culinary specialties from the Pacific Northwest.
At Third Street Oil and Vinegar, you'll be giving a gift that is more than just an oil, but an experience. Check out their recipes and gift boxes for your favorite foodie. It will not disappoint and you'll give a gift that they will be talking about for months!
3rd Street features countless other shopping experiences in all categories, so we suggest starting at one end and slowly working you're way down as you collect items for everyone on your list!
Our Favorite Dining In McMinnville:
Along your stroll between the shops you'll notice all the restaurants and dining options we have downtown. While many restaurants will be closed for the holidays, there are some options for Christmas Dining Downtown.
At both locations you'll have full menu options with additional specialty items.
Sightseeing Around the Willamette Valley:
Evergreen Holiday at the Hanger, Dec 15 - Dec 30th
This event is an incredible indoor holiday light spectacle, with different exhibits with different lighting decorations. This year, local businesses are sponsoring different aircraft, and they are able to decorate a plane with their creative touch.
Take a stroll around historic downtown McMinnville and enjoy the festive decorations.
The charming streets of McMinnville are a must-see during the holiday season. With wreaths and twinkling lights adorning every corner, the town transforms into a winter wonderland.. And don't forget to snap a photo in front of the giant Christmas tree at the end of Downtown.
Our Staff Picks
We asked our staff their favorite winter activities to do in McMinnville!
Here's what they said!
"My ideal day in McMinnville is started off with a delicious oat milk hot chocolate from Union Block Coffee House. We can’t forget to grab a Chocolate Croissant from Alchemist Jam, then spend the afternoon exploring shops on 3rd Street. For both gifts and personal indulgences, Mes Amies, Cupcake Couture, and Left By West are some of my top recommendations."
- Lily, Guest Relations
"I love walking over to the Alpine District and spending time at the Mac Market. Start by grabbing some vegan pizza at Honey Pie, and while you're there, don't forget to try The Bar’s Sparkling Vodka Lemonade. Once you're full, take a stroll through Sustainable Rituals to peruse their impressive collection of plants."
- Faith, Manager
Let Us Know What You Think!
We would love to know your favorite ways to spend the Holidays in McMinnville! Whether it's stay in, or strolling about the sparkling streets, tell us your favorite ways to enjoy our magical town!