First annual winter fair at Clackamas County Fairgrounds

Arched light display within the fairgrounds. Photo courtesy of Clackamas County Fairgrounds.

The Clackamas County Fairgrounds will be hosting it’s very first Winter Fair drive-through lights display. The fairgrounds have been decorated with 200,000 Christmas lights which span 1/4 mile through the fairgrounds, featuring a mostly western and cowboy theme. The hopes are that this will become an annual event. 

Usually, this time of year, the fairgrounds are busy with horse shows and holiday markets, but those events have been canceled due to the pandemic. The fairgrounds also hosted a drive-through haunted house this past October for Halloween, which provided distanced entertainment for visitors.  

The price for the Winter Fair tickets are $20 per vehicle and $25 on nights featuring Santa. Children will be able to wave at Santa from their cars, drop a letter to Santa in a special mailbox, but will not be permitted to sit on his lap. Cash will not be accepted at the gate due to COVID-19 restrictions, and there will also be a $5 credit card fee, so online advanced ticket sales are encouraged.  Attendees will be asked to hold their purchase code up to their car windows, so that staff can scan them without the windows being opened.The location for the Winter Fair is at the fairgrounds at 694 NE 4th Ave. in Canby, and is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. and Thursdays and Sundays from 5-9 p.m. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, it will be open daily, except on Christmas Day. To purchase tickets, visit ccwinterfair.com.