It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities with your family! Here’s a list of some of the best local Christmas events this year:
Join the big guy himself for a delicious breakfast at Oregon Zoo, making a special appearance all the way from the North Pole! The zoo's chefs are going all-out to create an amazing buffet for you and your little ones. In addition to a great breakfast, animal visitors, and craft activities, you can get a souvenir photo and meet and greet with Santa!
Event Dates: December 14 and 21
For the month of December Victorian Belle is known as “The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and grounds. The entire 2.5 acres is filled with a million plus twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas Wonderland!
Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 20-plus uniquely decorated Christmas trees and elaborate decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms with majestic themes. This is truly a treat for all ages.
Event Date : December 8 - 28
Explore Pittock Mansion decorated for the holidays! Enjoy the wonders of the season at Pittock Mansion’s annual holiday display, a Portland tradition for over 50 years.
This year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas will highlight books from children's classics to modern-day mysteries. The mansion will be transformed into a storybook setting. It will also be hosting a book drive in collaboration with Community for Action to raise money for Head Start children.
Event Dates: November 25 to December 8
Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. This classic Christmas tale sends a message of compassion, love, and kindness to audiences during the Christmas holidays. Don't miss your chance to see this musical!
Event Dates: December 5-22
Portland Spirit continues the beloved holiday tradition with the Cinnamon Bear Cruise. You and your child will be guests of honor on this two-hour cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music and magic. Have your picture taken with the Cinnamon Bear himself atop his magical throne. Make this a holiday your child will remember forever.
The entry fee includes one picture with the Cinnamon Bear for each child and light snack buffet.
Event Dates: Various days and times from November 30 to December 27
The Christmas Ships will be parading 15 nights down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers from December 5 to 22. If you have never seen the parade before, it is quite a spectacular scene! Make sure you plan to get to a viewing location that works best for you.
Event Dates: December 5 to 22
A HO, HO, HOLIDAY TRADITION. During the holidays, Dairyville, a replica of a western frontier town, transforms into a winter wonderland. Animals are on display in nostalgic Storybook Lane, vintage storefronts, local choirs singing, holiday movies in the Opera House and, of course, Santa. Christmas in Dairyville is where lasting memories begin. Checkout the Alpenrose's calendar for their daily schedules for Santa hours and storybook lane.
Event Dates: TBA
Come celebrate Christmas with Portland's favorite holiday tradition! Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family. Your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas, and a beautiful cinematic Nativity. It is an awe-inspiring presentation of the true gift of Christmas and an experience not to be missed!
Event Dates: November 22 to December 1
For even more ideas, visit our complete listing of Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.