Dec 1-25: Sunshine Division Winter Wonderland
24 years and counting, Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway has been noted as the “largest Holiday light show west of the Mississippi”. PIR welcomes you, your family and friends to witness this spectacular light display. This year, all proceeds will benefit the Sunshine Division.
Dec 1-30: Christmas Festival of Lights
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights presents the sights, sounds and sensations of the season. It is recognized as the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or dry food for Snow-Cap, an affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank.
Dec 1-30: ZooLights
The Oregon Zoo invites you and yours to their annual winter festival. This dazzling display features over 1.5 million lights that transform the Oregon Zoon into a winter wonderland.
Dec 2-4: America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar
That’s right—America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar! For 34 years this bazaar has offered a truly unique shopping experience during the holiday season. Located in the halls of the Portland Expo Center, this annual event features hundreds of booths with both handcrafted and commercial items. You’ll find homemade fudge, handmade quilts, canned foods, flavored soaps, handmade ornaments, framed photographs, log furniture and much more!
Dec 2-18: Christmas Ship Parade
It wouldn’t be Christmas in Portland without a fleet of Holiday vessels floating down the Columbia and Willamette rivers! Watch as over 50 boats with Christmas Light displays bring a little holiday cheer to our beloved waterways. Free!
Dec 4-23: Musical: A Civil War Christmas
Written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, A Civil War Christmas is a stirring set of folk songs, spirituals, carols, and powerful tales set near the end of the Civil War at Artists Repertory Theatre.
Dec 10: 26th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
The Tuba Christmas Concert presented by SmartPark celebrates its 26th year performing in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Join over 300 Tuba players as they fill the city’s living room with the melodic sounds of big brass. Free.
Dec 10-26: The Nutcracker
No holiday season is complete without a ticket to Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of Balachine’s The Nutcracker. Whether you’re looking to be swept away by a snowflake or to visit the “Land of Sweets”, OBT’s twinkling performance is sure to impress.
Dec 16: Ciderfest 2016
Ciderfest 2016 is back for another round of fruitful tastings and holiday festivities! This year’s festival will benefit Toys for Tots, so unwrapped toys are much appreciated. Stick around for live music starting at 10pm!
Dec 30: Ode to Joy: New Year’s Celebration
Ode to Joy: New Year’s Celebration includes a cabaret act, Norman Leyden’s best Big Band charts, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.