Christmas Events in the Portland Area

Published Nov 6, 2018 | Updated Nov 7, 2018

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here is our schedule:

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! 
Our 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 & greet with Santa!

Event Date : December 15

Event Page : Oregon Zoo

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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+ 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 - 23

Event Page : Victorian Belle

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Hobbies and Pastimes

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.

From opera to knitting to beekeeping, this year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas will highlight some familiar and not-so-familiar hobbies and pastimes. See the Mansion in a whole new light as volunteer decorators creatively transform rooms into a hobbies and pastimes holiday extravaganza.

Local musicians will play holiday music regularly in the Mansion’s Music Room during the exhibit.

Event Dates : November 19 to Dec 31

Event Page : Pittock Mansion


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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.  Hopeful, musical, and above all fun; our production has won three awards, including: BEST PLAY, BEST ENSEMBLE, and BEST DIRECTOR.

Event Dates : December 1 - 29

Event Page : Portland Playhouse

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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 : November 24  - December 27

Event Page : Portland Spirit

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Christmas Ship Parade

Now that fall has officially arrived, it's time to start thinking about the 2018 Christmas Ships 64th season. They'll be parading for 15 nights, starting on November 30th and ending on December 20th. Tons of festive fun for the family!

Event Dates: November 30 - December 20

Event Page : Christmas Ships

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Christmas in Dairyville

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 & storybook lane.

Event Dates : November 30 to December 20

Event Page : Alpenrose Dairy

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 30 - December 2

Event Page : Keller Auditorium

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



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