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14 Things You Can Do During the Holidays

November 22, 2016

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Portland Streetcar car 024 on Northrup Street by Tanner Springs Park, during Feb. 2014 snowstorm. Photo by Steve Morgan.

Portland Streetcar car 024 on Northrup Street by Tanner Springs Park, during Feb. 2014 snowstorm. Photo by Steve Morgan.

Portland Streetcar car 024 on Northrup Street by Tanner Springs Park, during Feb. 2014 snowstorm. Photo by Steve Morgan.

Being given two weeks off can be great at times, but not when you have nothing to do. Portland has been known for its holiday festivities from the big Christmas tree to the classic Zoo Lights. As it gets closer to the holidays, I have gathered some information on things you can do from the end of November to the end of December.

November:

Nov. 25th-Dec. 25th
Winter Wonderland
Located at the Portland International Raceway
1940 N Victory Blvd.
A drive-through light show that glimmers showing colorful lit-up pieces.

Nov. 25th-Jan. 1st
Christmas in the Garden
Located at the Oregon Garden
879 W Main St.
They offer an outdoor ice skating rink, a Christmas market, live music, Santa Claus, live reindeer and lights.

Nov. 25th-Dec. 30th
Lights at the Grotto
Located at The Grotto
8840 NE Skidmore St.
They offer lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate.

Nov. 26th
La Fete du Macaron
Located at the Pix Patisserie
2225 E Burnside St
A celebration that offers macronuts (deep fried macarons), flavor contest, cupcake stomp.

Nov. 26th
Dinner Detective
Located at the Westwin Downtown
750 SW Alder St.
It is the largest murder mystery dinner show in the US.

Nov. 26th-Jan. 2nd
Zoo Lights
Located at the Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Live performances and dancers each night, along with hot drinks and snacks. You get to see the lights on foot but they also have the zoo train available.

Nov. 26th-27th, but also on Dec. 3rd-4th, 17th-18th, 23rd-24th, 26th-27th
Holiday Cruises with Portland Spirit
Located at the Columbia and Willamette River
A Christmas Ship Parade goes down the Columbia and Willamette River with storytelling, magic, and holiday treats.

Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th
Holiday Ale Festival
Located at the Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave.
The Holiday Ale Festival covers the Pioneer Courthouse Square giving a view on the city lights, fifty winter ales, and lots of Christmas spirit.
Nov. 30th-Dec. 30th
The Christmas Carol
Located at the Portland Playhouse
602 NE Prescott St.
A classic book that was turned into a play and a movie about a ghost, Ebenezer Scrooge and his miraculous transformation.

December:

Every weekend of December
Weekend Tea
Located at the Pix Patisserie
2225 E Burnside St.
They offer a pot of tea and a variety of fifteen treats.

Dec. 3rd-4th
FindPDX Holiday Edition
Located at the District East
2305 SE 9th Avenue
It’s an event where they have endless sales to get you ready for Christmas.

Dec. 4th, 9th and 11th
Glory of Christmas
Located at the First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson St.
The Oregon Repertory Singers sings O Magnum Mysterium, Sunrise Mass, and Messiah for a holiday tradition.

Dec. 9th-11th
Green Festival Marketplace
Located at the Oregon Convention Center
777 SE Martin Luther King Blvd.
It’s a three day festival that offers vegan and vegetarian options.

Dec. 10th-26th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Located at the Keller Auditiorium
222 SW Clay St.
The Nutcracker is a traditional ballet for the holidays, filled with winter spirit.

 

Sources:

http://gonw.about.com/od/christmasinportland/tp/christmas_portland.htm

http://www.events12.com/portland/december/

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