Dec 1-21: Christmas Ship Parade
The 2018 Christmas Ships Parade celebrates its 64th season! Witness a fleet of Holiday vessels floating down the Columbia and Willamette rivers throughout the month of December! Over 50 boats with Christmas Light displays will bring a little holiday cheer to our beloved waterways.
Dec 1-23: A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Join Stumptown Stages at the Brunish Theatre for A Christmas Carol The Musical! Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens bring magical, new life to this classic holiday tale.
Dec 1-26: Sunshine Division Winter Wonderland
For 25 years, 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.
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 East-county food bank.
Dec 1-Jan 5: 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 2-16: Black Nativity: A Gospel Songplay by Langston Hughes
Black Nativity is a special holiday gospel play that retells the famous nativity story with a majority of African American cast. The play is performed in an uplifting gospel style which includes some traditional Christmas carols. Presented by PassinArt: A Theatre Company.
Dec 7-9: Gospel Christmas 20th Anniversary
Join the Oregon Symphony for its 20th Anniversary of Gospel Christmas! Witness the region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony for an engaging evening that will have you on your feet, celebrating the true spirit of the season.
Dec 8: 28th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
The Tuba Christmas Concert presented by SmartPark celebrates its 28th 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 8-26: The Nutcracker
No holiday season is complete without a ticket to Oregon Ballet Theatre’s performance of George Balanchine’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. See site for performances and tickets.
Dec 15: Stumptown SantaCon
The 7th annual Santa-themed moving costume dance party will feature over 25 participating venues in downtown Portland! Costumes are required! Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit The Portland Sunshine Division, The Northwest Bartenders Association, Planned Parenthood, Feed One Haiti and other non-profits in the Portland Area. See Stumptown Event’s Facebook page for details
Dec 21: Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide 40th Anniversary Concert
Celtic Yuletide is Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and holiday songs concert at Alberta Rose Theatre. This year marks the 40th anniversary! Minors ok when accompanied by a parent or guardian. See website for ticketing information.