December Activities in Portland OR 

• ZooLights

o Don’t miss this magical sight: zoo animals frolicking in the form of a million holiday lights.www.oregonzoo.org 

• Winter Wonderland

o From the warmth of your car, tour the largest holiday-light display west of the Mississippi.www.globaleventsgrouppdx.com 

• Christmas Fantasy Trail

o Stroll through a winter wonderland on a 1000-ft path with lights, glittering gingerbread houses, and a full-size Christmas castle. www.fantastytrail.com 

• Poetry Readings

o Portland’s underground poetry scene is currently in the national spotlight.www.ifnotforkidnpa.comwww.badbloodpoetry.org 

• The Unscriptables

o Performing regularly, this improv group draws big laughs putting “typical” Portland characters in puppet form. www.theunscriptables.com 

• Christmas Festival of Lights

o View nativity scenes, take in one of the 150 choral performances and enjoy a range of other entertainment at the Grotto. www.thegrotto.org 

Events – 

• Champagne Ball – 31

o Get tickets early for this wild New Year’s party, which touts 4 rooms, 3 dance floors, 16 bars, and one epic countdown. www.champagneball.com 

• Christmas Revels Show – 11-14

o Partake in a traditional winter solstice celebration, with 11 holiday performances that explore the traditions of Old Europe through music, dance, poetry, and drama.www.portlandrevels.com 

• Holiday Ale Festival – 3-7

o Stay warm sampling bold and powerful ales under a heated tent in Pioneer Courthouse Square. www.holidayale.com

 • Christmas Ship Parade – 5-21

o For 60 years, Christmas-light-decorated boats have paraded along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Check the website for a schedule with locations. www.christmasships.org 

• Festival of the Last Minute – 18-24

o Fear not, last-minute shoppers, Portland Saturday Market has you covered: Loads of locally made gifts amass in the days before Christmas. www.protlandsaturdaymarket.com 

• Hawthorne Holiday Stroll – 6

o Holiday shopping becomes a community celebration with free warm apple cider, carolers, games for kids, and stores with extended business hours. www.thinkhawthorne.com 

• Holiday Half – 14

o This flat half marathon comes with views of St. Johns Bridge and ends with seasonal ale, warm food, carolers, and eggnog. www.foottraffic.us/holiday 

• Jingle Bell Run/Walk – 7

o Race to the sound of jingle bells and help the fight against arthritis, the country’s leading cause of disability. www.portlandjinglebellrun.kintera.org 

• Lights on Peacock Lane – 15-24

o In one of Portland’s best-loved traditions, immaculately decorated Tudors shine for two and a half weeks. Watch for pedestrian-only nights. www.peacocklane.net 

• Providence Festival of Trees – 5-6

o View 100s of decorated trees created by local designers, and enjoy holiday entertainment. Proceeds benefit Providence Health & Services. www.providence.org/festivaloftrees 

• ScanFair – 6-7

o Discover Scandinavia’s traditional arts, visit the Pippi Longstocking Room, and eat Danish, Norweigan, and Swedish delicacies. www.scanheritage.org 

• Tuba Christmas – 13

o A great way to break up a day of downtown holiday shopping: more than 225 tubas perform jolly songs in the Square for free. www.bemerrydowntown.org 

• Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Sale – 13-14

o Local creativity will blow your mind at this artisanal shopping experience. Free admission and tons of gift ideas. www.craftywonderland.com 

• Christmas in Dairyville – 12-14

o This complete Christmas town comes with vintage storefronts, holiday scenes replete with live animals, and 300+ decorated trees. Stroll down Storybook Lane, take in a holiday movie, and visit with Santa. www.alpenrose.com