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VISIT HOOD RIVER ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO HOOD RIVER HOLIDAYS EVENT AMID INCLEMENT WEATHER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 1, 2023

Contact:

Katie KadlubVisit Hood River, 208-867-0498, katie@visithoodriver.com

VISIT HOOD RIVER ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO HOOD RIVER HOLIDAYS EVENT AMID INCLEMENT WEATHER

Holiday Tree Lighting to proceed as planned; Winter Wonderland Festival canceled

(HOOD RIVER, Ore.) — Visit Hood River and the Hood River Chamber of Commerce announce an essential change to the Hood River Holidays event scheduled for today, Friday, Dec. 1. Due to unexpected challenges caused by the recent snowfall and forecasted heavy rain, the Winter Wonderland Festival portion of the Hood River Holidays celebration, on Oak St. from 5-7 p.m., has been canceled. 

Hood River Holidays’ annual holiday tree lighting, planned for 7 p.m. at the intersection of 2nd and State streets, will proceed as scheduled provided weather conditions maintain the safety of attendees. Residents and visitors alike are invited to gather around the community holiday tree, which will be illuminated amidst caroling and festive cheer, as a symbol of community spirit and celebration.

“The snow, while adding to the seasonal beauty, has diverted City resources to ensure the safety of streets around town. These resources, including barricades and other traffic control features, were to be used for street closures at the festival,” said Katie Kadlub, CEO of Visit Hood River. “After discussing our options with the City, Visit Hood River has made the difficult decision to suspend the street closure and festival portion of the event so the City of Hood River’s public works team can prioritize the safety and well-being of the community.”

About Visit Hood River:

Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River offers outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit, and fantastic food, wine, beer, and cider. With accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to historic B&Bs, Hood River is a four-season destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, weddings, corporate events, and more. It was named a Best Adventure and Explorations Town by the 2023 Sunset Travel Awards and Nature Lovers Destination in the 2022 Sunset Travel Awards, a Top 10 Wine Destination for 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and 2015 Best Adventure Town in the West by Sunset magazine. Visit Hood River supports economic development, community development, and destination marketing for Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mount Hood. For more information, call 800-366-3530 or visit www.visithoodriver.com.

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Questions?

Contact katie@visithoodriver.com

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