Most major cities have a plethora of events to bring in the holiday season, and Portland is no exception. Maybe you were at the arrival of the 75-foot Christmas tree in Pioneer courthouse square, and joined in the community singalong curated by Portland’s own Thomas Lauderdale. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There are plenty more events this holiday season to get you into the festive spirit!
Oregon Ballet Theatre
Date: Dec 8th – Dec 26th
Place: Oregon Ballet Theater
This ballet company continues to astound audiences with its excellent productions of classics like Swan Lake. But this holiday season, make sure you make a visit to the ‘Land of Sweets’! The Nutcracker is a classic story that will appeal to children and adults alike. It is the perfect story to introduce children to ballet. Oregon Ballet theatres has performed this beautiful story for fifteen years, so they know what they are doing. Join Marie and the Prince as they enter a world of dancing snowflakes, and meet the Sugarplum fairy. Tchaikovsky’s amazing score completes the performance nicely.
Cinnamon Bear Cruise
Date: Nov 24 – Dec 27
Place: 110 SE Caruthers St
If you’re looking for a way to entertain young children or grandchildren, they will love to join this two-hour cruise. Relax on the boat with a hot chocolate as a cast of colorful characters provide entertainment in the form of storytelling, music and magic. Your young ones will even be able to take their picture with the Cinnamon Bear while sitting on his magical throne. Tickets include one picture with the Cinnamon Bear for each child.
Christmas Ship Parade
Date: Nov 30th – Dec 20th
Place: Various locations, visit http://www.christmasships.org/ for more information.
If you’re looking for a true Portland tradition, how about joining a viewing of the Christmas ship parade? Starting in 1954 with just one sailboat, the parade has grown to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Not only has the fleet grown, they are now decorated with lights which can be seen on both banks of the river. The ships parade nightly for two weeks along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, providing holiday cheer to spectators on the shore. Check the website for full details on where and when the boats will be parading. The best days to visit might be December 16 & 17, where a meet and greet is hosted near RiverPlace Marina until 5pm. Here you can see the boats up close and maybe even talk to some of the owners.
Peacock Lane Lights
Date: 6-11pm until Dec 31st
Place: Peacock Lane
A true Portland institution, the people of Peacock lane have been decorating their Tudor-style homes for the holidays for almost a hundred years. You will find an array of nativity scenes, moving Christmas trees and many replicas of Santa. The lights usually start on the 15th and end on the 31st of the month. Residents will serve free hot cocoa (but will gladly accept donations!) and cider from a booth in the centre of the lane.
The best time to go might be the weekend of the 15th, when the streets will be pedestrianised for the weekend. Peacock Lane is between SE Stark St. and SE Belmont St. and one block east of SE 39th. On the weekends, it’s advised that you park up and walk towards the street, as traffic into the street is liable to be stopped at any time if the crowds are too great.
Date: from Thanksgiving Day through Dec 27th.
Place: Portland International Raceway
Known as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, this parade of lights has been going since 1993, becoming a holiday tradition for many PDX families. Since then, over 2 million visitors experienced the holiday wonder. Driving through the light show, you can see over 250 colorful light set pieces, as well as fully animated scenes including glittering animated reindeer, elves, and even dinosaurs. Driving through, you are also able to tune into the special radio station complete with perfect Christmas tunes to go with the stunning visuals. You are advised to go on the weekdays when the lines are shorter.
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