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Christmas Events in the Portland Area 2019

Published Nov 5, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here's out list of the top Christmas events in Portland in 2019.

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:

Breakfast with Santa

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

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Miracle of a Million Lights

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

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A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Wonderful World of Books

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

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A Christmas Carol

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

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Portland Spirit Cinnamon Bear Cruise

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

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Christmas Ship Parade

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

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Portland's Singing Christmas Tree

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

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For even more ideas, visit our complete listing of Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.

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