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Holiday Open House

December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mark your calendar for the annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon.

This is the museum’s chance to thank everyone for their support during this past year by offering FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION all day long from 9 am to 5 pm on Dec. 2.

Share what you can to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays by bringing a non-perishable food item, blanket, or winter coat to donate to local families in need. These items will be donated to our neighbors at Lone Pine Village.

Celebrate the holidays with complimentary cookies, hot cider, and cocoa.

Bring a camera with your kids and grandkids to take pictures with Santa Claus from 10 am to 1 pm.

A light lunch of hearty soups, gourmet bratwurst and fresh salads will be available for purchase from the Basalt Rock Café from 12 to 3 p.m.

Live holiday music will be provided, featuring music from Cascade Singers, Harmony of the Gorge, Wind Masters, Ted Horowitz  and the Jazz Band from The Dalles High School, directed by Paul Viemeister.

Eagle tours will be given at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Spend $100 or more now through Dec. 24 and receive a FREE Family Membership ($75 value). 

Get a jump on your holiday shopping during the Holiday Open House, with a one day sale of 20% off everything at the Columbia River Trading Co. on Dec. 2.

Need a gift suggestion? We can create custom gift baskets for your family, business associates, and friends. You will even receive complimentary gift wrapping during the Holiday Open House. Enter a drawing for a gift basket prize. The drawing will be held at the end of the day.

Love the Gorge and Gift Locally! The Columbia River Trading Company museum store is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store showcases products from local artisans and suppliers from the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Northwest. There is a wide selection of educational toys, jewelry, lotions & soaps, jams, fruit & salmon treats, wine, pottery, artwork, home decor, Pendleton blankets & bags, t-shirts, books and more. Remember, you never have to pay admission to shop at the museum store.


  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – FREE ADMISSION
  • One Day Sale 20% Off at the Columbia River Trading Co. museum store
  • 10:00 am – 1 pm – Visit with Santa
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Cascade Singers, directed by Lloyd Walworth
  • 11:00 am – Eagle Tour
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Harmony of the Gorge
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Wind Masters
  • 12:00 – 3:00 – Lunch in Basalt Rock Café
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Ted Horowitz
  • 1:30 – 2:00 The Dalles High School Jazz Band, directed by Paul Viemeister
  • 2:00 Eagle Tour

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058.  Take I-84, exit 82, one mile west on Hwy. 30. The museum is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For information, call 541-296-8600 x 201 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, or visit