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Oh my goodness… It is December! How did that happen? I love winter and not just because it is Christmas time. I love winter because it is a time to stay warm and cozy, sit by the fire, and enjoy some hot cocoa or tea. This is also M’s first winter so we want to make sure we make the most of it.
I was at book club with my girlfriends last night and when I got home, my husband shared that he is sad he doesn’t get to do many fun things with M. Since my husband works out of the house he gets to see M for 45 minutes in the morning and about 1.5 – 2 hours at night. On the weekends we’re usually running errands or doing chores around the house. These aren’t really bonding times for my husband and M.
So, I decided I was going to start working on our winter bucket list and really put forth an effort to minimize the chores and errands we need to run on the weekends. I am making it my goal to plan one day of the weekend to do fun family activities. I wanted to share our winter bucket list (you can also see our fall bucket list) and share a few local activities that are happening in the Central Oregon area. If you aren’t from around here, try looking up activities at your local parks and rec, public library, visitors center, museums, etc. their websites usually have a local activities section. Some activities might cost but others might be free depending on your budget.
Our Winter Bucket List:
- Go Snowshoeing: This has been a winter tradition since my husband and I got together. We seriously love it so much, it is an amazing workout and the dogs have such a good time. When people tell me there isn’t anything to do in the winter I always say, “have you tried snowshoeing?”
- Edison Sno Park: This is our favorite snowshoeing trail. It is so fun because it isn’t too challenging. It is about 3.5 miles and it leads you to this really rustic shelter. You will typically find a fire in the big barrel stove that has been left from the previous visitors, but if you don’t the forest service provides wood for you to start a fire. It is absolutely beautiful and it is so close to our house that this is definitely our go to.
- Trillium Lake Loop: I have always wanted to visit Trillium Lake. As a native Oregonian, I am sad to say I’ve never visited this lake, in any season. In fact, this hike was on my fall bucket list too. This snowshoe trail is a 5-mile loop, which is perfect for us. Part of the draw for me is the amazing view you get of Mount Hood. It would make an amazing weekend adventure.
- Crater Lake: There are tons of snowshoeing trails around Crater Lake and if you look up pictures it looks AMAZING! Plus I’ve only been to Crater Lake once, as a child. So it would be super fun to go again. There are about 33 miles of snowshoe-able trails and most people who do the whole trail do it in 5-7 days. I love snowshoeing, but I do not see my family being those people. Luckily there are some great day trips too. These day trips range from about 2 miles to about 12 miles. Way more doable.
- Diamond Lake: Last year my sister, her family, my husband, and I tried to go snowshoeing here. Our goal was to snowshoe from the lodge to the pizza place which is about 5ish miles. When we got there we learned that the pizza place is closed until Christmas. So we just walked around a little bit. But since there was no destination in mind we didn’t stick at it for very long. I would like to try it again this year. Or it might be fun to go ice fishing on the lake. My husband would LOVE that. Actually, there are a lot of things that might be fun to do at Dimond Lake, here is a list of all the winter recreation activities they have to offer.
- Go Sledding: Last year we went snowmobiling on Christmas day, which was so fun. We decided on that day we would make it an important part of Christmas to go and do an experience and spend less on gifts. This year we have M and snowmobiling wouldn’t be a good idea with a 6-month-old. I think this year we might go sledding instead. There are a lot of places to go around here, just out in the backyard for the cost of a sno park pass (around $4). But there are also a few places that might make it more of an experience.
- Mount Bachelor: Our local mountain has a great tubing park. You sit on your tube and get pulled up the mountain to the top of the sledding hill. Then you get to sled down about 800 feet. It is $10 per person, but unfortunately, M wouldn’t be able to ride, even with an adult because children must be 42 inches or taller.
- Diamond Lake: There is a pretty awesome tubing park here also. You can do day or night tubing. However, this is another thing M cannot participate in. They do not let you ride 2 to a tube. And they do not let expectant mothers or children under the age of 3 tube in case of injury.
- Mount Hood: There are tons of different places to go sledding/tubing on Mount Hood. The prices range anywhere from free to $25. I found a great list at the Oregonian.
- Take a Photo with Santa: Since this is M’s first Christmas I feel it only right that we do some “typical” Christmas things and take some photos with Santa.
- The Old Mill District: They are doing pictures with Santa on the weekends. Photos are $10 for a 5×7 or $15 for a jpeg.
- The Cascade Village Shopping Center: Photos with Santa are $12 for 5×7 or $20 digital.
- Christmas Lights (and Scavenger Hunt): There are a few neighborhoods in Central Oregon that go all out for Christmas. My husband and I usually drive around at night with hot chocolate and do a scavenger hunt.
- This year there is a cool water Christmas lights parade on canoes and kayaks put on by Tumalo Creek. From 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
- Ice Skating: I am terrible at ice skating, but my husband is amazing! Seriously… He says it is because when he lived in California he did a lot of rollerblading. But whatever the reason, he really loves showing me up every year. Here is a list of local skating rinks.
- Sunriver Ice Skating
- Inn at the 7th Mountain: They even have special event skate days. The one I think would be pretty fun is Skate with Santa December 22-24th.
- The Pavillion: They are doing an event for the winter solstice which sounds really fun. The Winter Solstice Celebration.
- Christmas Stories: M and I usually go to the library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for story time. But I recently found out that our local Barns and Noble does story time every Saturday at 11 am. Which is kind of nice since my husband doesn’t get to go to the library with us because of work. Plus for the month of December, they are reading Christmas books. Last week they did How the Grinch Stole Christmas and here is the list of other Christmas stories they will be doing this month. I am working on our Christmas Book Recommendations too.
Wow, that is a lot to accomplish this holiday and winter season. But I am really looking forward to it. I love winter… Of course, I am usually over winter around February, so hopefully, we will be able to scratch a lot of these activities off the bucket list this winter. Wish us luck…
What is on your bucket list this winter?
25 replies on “Winter Bucket List”
I love the idea of having a bucket list per season!! Seems so much more likely to actually DO something from the list! Thanks for sharing.
I agree. I had to start doing it by season because we never checked anything off but we were constantly adding to it.
i haven’t done snowshoeing but i have heard good things. maybe one day.
So many awesome winter to dos! I am working so much this time of year – this is a really great reminder to slow down and take time to do things with my family before the season is over.
I so enjoyed this blog, great ideas, inspiring! Thanks for sharing.
I love this blog, great information, totally inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
This is such a great idea and i like the fact that most of these include activities where the whole family gets to spend more time with each other.
I’m not a mom, but I am an auntie so this is great for me to use when the nieces come to visit!
I love how you have a holiday bucket list. I too like to set goals for my daughter’s winter break. I definitely need to add snow related activities to help remind me to take a trip up north.
Such an interesting list. I haven’t done any of it lol. Saving this for future. Thanks for sharing.
love this list and def makes me realize i need to get on mine before the month creeps by! esp that a lot of these things are for the entire family to do together 🙂
I absolutely love this list of activities and wish we lived somewhere with snow so my son could experience it! We live in AZ and it’s 70 degrees still. I’ll have to hold onto this list and do what we can here 🙂
This is such a fun list! I want to do several of these things as well. We got our first snow today!
Enjoyed this post, made me take a moment from my busy day and think about the first snow. I think we are expecting some the 12/13 and/or maybe Dec. 15. I live in an area where they say snow but it usually doesn’t happen. Love, love, love snow!
Great bucket list! Ours is similar – cutting out the optional and adding in what’s really important ❤
So many fun things to do this winter! Mine is pretty similar 🙂 I’ll have to add in the others that aren’t on mine though! Thanks for the inspiration
How cool! We don’t often get snow here (Georgia), so I love the idea of snowshoeing to a little cabin with a fire waiting. That’s just so neat! We’re taking advantage of some rare snow today and making snowmen. We don’t usually have enough to make ones bigger than your knee, so the kids are freaking out!
Such a cool idea! They will definitely get to bond during these events
This is such a wonderful list. I love the look of it, too. I’d add drink hot cocoa with candy canes as stirring sticks. Also, this was our first year sleeping by the Christmas tree. The kids LOVED it. I hope to get more snow soon so we can go sledding and more. One last thought – I love that it’s a winter list and not things to do before Christmas. That way you can spread out the joy.
Great winter ideas that my kiddos are sure to love! Thanks for the share. I also look forward to taking a “mental health for mom day” sometime this winter to catch up with myself as well. An uninterrupted morning of hot coffee and HGTV…ahhh, pure winter bliss. 🙂
Great bucket list! Perfect for the season
This is such a fun idea and definitely will keep the winter as something to look forward to, might just steal ur idea
This is a great winter bucket list! Most of it is gonna have to wait for the new year for us, though – among other things, maybe we’ll have snow by then! 🙂
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I love this list! I can’t believe winters almost over. You have me wanting to go sledding more and finish up things on my list.
Did you get an infant sled for your baby or did you just put her in your lap? At that age, my daughter loved being pulled in the infant sled but didn’t want to ride down a hill without Mom or Dad.
Have you considered turning your list into a printable?
I’m sharing this on Pinterest now!
We only just got enough snow to go sledding. So we pretty much weren’t able to do anything we wanted to do this winter.
I hadn’t thought of turning it into a printable. What a great idea!!