There’s no better time for family fun than the winter holiday season. From theater, music and ballet to visits with Santa, holiday light displays, craft bazaars and more, you’ll find exciting events and activities throughout the area all month long.
We’ve showcased some of our favorite seasonal events and diversions here.
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Beth Israel Preschool: Early Childhood Engagement Hannukah Family Program
Date/Time: Dec 6, 10:00-11:30 AM
Where: 1972 NW Flanders St Portland OR 97209
Esther Short Park: Grand Menorah Lighting & Community Chanukah Celebration
Date/Time: Dec 6, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: 415 W 6th St Vancouver WA 98660
GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
16th Annual German Holiday Market
One special weekend each year, we transform our school into a traditional German Holiday Market. Â¬â€ We fill our school with Christmas trees, lights and decorations and welcome you and your family here to shop for all the classics like nutcrackers, advent calendars, Lebkuchen and handmade holiday decorations.
Dates: November 21st from 10am to 4pm
November 22nd from 10am to 2pm
Where: 3900 SW Murray Bl Beaverton OR 97005
The annual My Macy’s Holiday Parade will take place on Friday, November 27, 2015 in downtown Portland. The parade steps off at NW Park Ave. and NW Davis St. promptly at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. The Holiday Parade’s route will begin at NW Park Ave. and NW Davis St., then travel east on NW Davis to Broadway, south on Broadway to SW Alder St, east on SW Alder St. (past Macy’s) to SW 4th Ave., north on SW 4th Ave. to NW Flanders St., west on NW Flanders St. to NW Park Ave. for disband.
Date/Time: Friday, Nov 27, 9:00 AM
Where: 621 SW 5th Ave Portland OR 97204
Neveh Shalom Foundation School: Celebrate Chanukah! A Festival for Kids and Families
Date/Time: Dec 6, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: 2900 SW Peaceful Lane Portland OR 97239
Where: 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way Stevenson WA 98648
Grotto Festival of Lights
Date/Time: Nov 27 – Dec 30, Nightly 5 – 9:30pm, festival grounds close at 10:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Cost: $10.00 general admission, $9.00 senior (65 and over), $5.00 children ages 3-12, Age 2 & under are admitted FREE.
Tickets are available at the entry gate or may be purchased in advance at The Grotto’s Gift Shop or online.
Where: 8840 NE Skidmore Portland OR 97220
Christmas in the Garden features an ice skating rink, 400,000 Christmas lights and a traditional German Christmas Market with artisan gifts. Also enjoy fire pits, mulled wine, photos with Santa, carolers, pony rides, live reindeer and more.
See the full schedule here.
Date/Time: Nov 27-Jan 3, Events vary daily.
Cost: $6 per person
December 10-13: $10 per person (includes photos with live reindeer)
Where: 879 W Main St Silverton OR 97381
OREGON ZOO ZOOLIGHTS
Immerse yourself in the 1.5 million enchanting lights that cover the Oregon Zoo campus. It’s a winter festival like no other!
Date/Time: November 27 to January 3, Closed December24 & 25; 5 to 9 p.m. Grounds are open for one hour after gates close.
Cost: $7-18 based on package price (see website for details).
Where: 4001 SW Canyon Rd Portland OR 97221
Date/Time: December 15-31st, 6pm -11pm (lights stay on until midnight Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
Where: SE Peacock Lane between SE Stark St and SE Belmont St, one block east of SE 39th. Portland OR 97214
Pittock Mansion: The Magic of Wintertime
Date/Time: 11 am- 4 pm, Nov 23 through Jan. 2 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
Cost: $11 adults, $8 ages 6-8, free ages 0-6.
Where: 3229 NW Pittock Portland OR 97210
Victorian Belle: The Miracle of a Million Lights
Date/Time: Dec 12-23, 6-10 PM
Cost: $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students (4-17) and seniors (65+). Children under 3 are free.
Where: 1441 N McClellan St Portland OR 97217
Wenzel Farm: Christmas Fantasy Trail
Date/Time: Dec 2 – 30, 6 – 9pm, closed Dec 24-25
Cost: $6, $5 children under 12
Where: 19754 South Ridge Rd Oregon City OR 97045
CEDARWOOD WALDORF SCHOOL: MAGICAL WINTER FAIRE
Grown-ups can shop the market and kids can visit the crystal cookie cave, make crafts, play games, more.
Date/Time: Saturday, December 5, 2014, 10am – 4pm
Where: 3030 SW 2nd Ave Portland OR 97201
LLOYD CENTER: BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAY
The first 200 people in line at the iHeart Radio booth in Center Court will receive a holiday gift bag containing a gift card worth $10 to $100.
Date/Time: Friday, 11/27
Where: 2201 Lloyd Center Portland OR 97232
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Show
Date/Time: Nov 21st & 22nd, 28th & 29th, 10AM – 5PM
Cost: $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids ages 3 to 11.
Where: 2505 N Vancouver Ave Portland OR 97227
HANDS ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Holiday Guests & Activities
Celebrate the holidays at the Hands On Children’s Museum on Olympia’s waterfront – just a short drive up I-5. Come play and learn in our nine themed galleries and enjoy winter guests and activities every day. Meet your favorite “Nutcracker” character, make a gift for your loved one in the MakeSpace and play in REAL SNOW!
Cost: Most activities are FREE with admission.
Dates: Open 7 days a week!
Where: 414 Jefferson St NE Olympia WA 98501
Oregon Rail Heritage Center: Holiday Express
Date/Time: Multiple departures Nov. 27-December 20.
Cost: $12.50 – $ 19.00
Where: Departs Oaks Station, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way
PORTLAND SPIRIT: CINNAMON BEAR 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.
Date/Time: November 28 – December 27, see website for specific sailing dates and times.
Cost: $30 adults, $22 children ages 1-12, children under age of 1 free. Price does not include landing fee.
Where: SW Naito Parkway and Salmon Springs, Portland, OR
The Children’s Gym
Date/Time: Dec 31, 8pm New Years Eve till 8am New Years Day. Minimum number of students must enroll for event to be held.
Cost: Call for pricing.
Where: 1625 NE Sandy Bl Portland OR 97232
DanceWorks and Vancouver City Ballet
Date/Time: 12/11 7:00pm, 12/12 2:00pm & 7:00pm, 12/13 2:00pm & 6:00 PM.
Cost: $15 Adults, $11 Seniors, $8 Children
Where: Prairie High School, 11500 NE 117th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98662
A NUTCRACKER TEA
Northwest Dance Theatre presents a family-friendly adaptation of the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the Rat King and embark on a heartwarming journey through the Snow Kingdom and Land of Sweets. Performance time is approximately 90 minutes, and free parking is available.
Date/Time: Dec 12 at 2pm, 7pm; Dec 13 at 2pm; Dec 18 at 7pm; Dec 19 at 2pm, 7pm; Dec 20 at 2pm
Cost: $14 – $30
Where: 19318 SW Mohave Court Tualatin OR 97062
OREGON BALLET THEATRE: GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER
No holiday season is complete without a trip to the “Land of Sweets!” This year, make Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker a part of your holiday tradition.
Date/Time: Dec 12-26, 7:30 evenings and 2:00 matinees (see website for full showtimes)
Where: 222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
Clackamas Repertory Theatre: A Wing It Christmas Carol
Where: 19600 Molalla Ave Oregon City OR 97045
HAIYAN INTERNATIONAL DANCE ACADEMY: THE BUTTERFLY LOVERS
Date/Time: Nov 28, 7PM
Where: PCC Sylvania Campus, Performing Arts Center
IMAGO THEATRE: ZOO ZOO
Imago’s famous Zoo Zoo is closing forever. Don’t miss the final run, December 11 to Jan 3. Firefly eyes, hippos with insomnia, arrogant anteaters, introverted frogs, paradoxical polar bears, acrobatic worms, self-touting accordions and tricky penguins fill the stage with wonder, awe and humor. Catch it while you can!
Date/Time: ZooZoo runs December 11 – January 3rd.
Complete calendar of performances at imagotheatre.com
Cost: Tickets are $17.50 kids; $29.50 Youth/Senior; $34.50 Adult
Where: 17 SE 8th Ave Portland OR 97214
Lakewood Theatre Company: Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre
Date/Time: Saturdays, 12/5, 12, 13, 19, 20; 9 am and 11 am.
Cost: $14 Students and adults. Advance reservations are required.
Where: 368 S State St Lake Oswego OR 97034
Pioneer Courthouse Square: 24th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
Date/Time: Saturday, December 12, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Where: 715 SW Morrison St Portland OR 97205
PORTLAND PLAYHOUSE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Dickens’ classic ghost story returns after last year’s success in attracting a large, diverse, and enthusiastic neighborhood audience.
Date/Time: Dec 2 – 24th, See website for times.
Where: 602 NE Prescott St Portland OR 97211
PORTLAND REVELS: CHRISTMAS REVELS 2014
This year Revels will transport audiences to the late 19th century, aboard one of the last immigrant sailing ships to cross the Atlantic from Ireland to New York. To properly say goodbye to their past, the travelers decide to hold an “American Wake” aboard the ship. An American Wake was a traditional send-off ceremony for friends and neighbors to say goodbye to those leaving Ireland for America. We’ll be enveloped in the music, dance, poetry and storytelling of the period as the emigrants welcome the light of their new life abroad and say goodbye to the land they’ve left behind.
Date/Time: Dec 18-23, 7:30 PM (1 pm matinees on 12/20, 12/21)
Cost: $79-$41, show not suitable for children under 4.
Where: St. Mary’s Academy, 1615 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
St Stephen Lutheran Church: Scandinavian Christmas Celebration of Carols for the Festival of St. Lucia.
Date/Time: Sun Dec 13 at 10:00 AM
Where: 290 W Gloucester St Gladstone OR 97027
Stumptown Stages: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
Date/Time: December 10th – December 27th
Cost: $26 – $43.65
Where: Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Portland OR 97205
Date/Time: Friday, 12/4, 4:30 – 7 PM, Tree lighting at 7:00 PM at City Park.
Where: 12375 SW 5th St Beaverton OR 97005
Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza: 24th Annual Spirt of Christmas
Date/Time: Saturday, 11/28, 5 – 6:30 PM
Where: 401 NE Second St Gresham OR 97030
Oregon Convention Center: Providence Festival of Trees
Date/Time: Fri, 12/4, 10:30 am – 8 pm, Sat 12/6, 9am – 5 pm
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children 3-12, Free to children age 2 and under.
Where: 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland OR 97232
Tualatin Commons: Starry Nights and Holiday Lights
Date/Time: Friday, 12/4, 5 – 8:30 PM.
Where: 8325 SW Nyberg St Tualatin OR 97062
Open for U-cut & pre-cut Christmas trees – noble, doug fir, and grand fir. Christmas wreaths, gift items, and select fruits & vegetables also available.
Date/Time: Winter store hours 11/27-12/13: Fri. 1pm-Dusk, Sat. & Sun 10am-Dusk, Closed Mon-Thu.
Where: 15801 SW Roy Rogers Rd Sherwood OR 97140
Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm
Cost: Choose-N-Cut trees: $35
Douglas Fir: up to 10 feet
Grand Fir: up to 9 feet
Nobles: up to 7 feet
Precut Nobles: from 7-11 feet starting at $40
Where: 11453 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd Portland OR 97231
Redland Landing Christmas Tree Farm
Date/Time: Open Sat & Sun 10-8 from November 27 until Christmas.
Cost: As low as $15, any size (limited availability)
Where: 19400 S Redland Rd Oregon City OR 97045
Sauvie Island Farms
Date/Time: 11/27-12/19, Open Mon – Sat 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Cost: Grand Fir trees up to 12 feet $5.00 per ft.
Noble Fir trees up to 12 feet $6.00 per ft.
Douglas Fir trees up to 12 feet $4.00 per ft.
2014 SPECIAL: Any Douglas Fir over 9 feet $35.00!
Wreaths: 18″ $20, 22″ $25, 30″ $35
Cedar Garland $2.00/ft available in 10-75 ft lengths.
Where: 19818 NW Sauvie Island Rd Portland OR 97231
BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE: ILLUMINATE HOUR HOLIDAYS
Photos with Santa – Daily through Dec 24
Snow Shows – Daily through Dec 24
Santa Paws – Dec 2, 9 & 16
Breakfast with Santa – Dec 5 & 12
Where: 7455 SW Bridgeport Village Tigard OR 97224
LLOYD CENTER: MRS. CLAUS AND SANTA’S ELVES
Activities include: Stories, decorating, entertainment, crafts, photos and more.
Date/Time: Sat Dec 12, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: 2201 Lloyd Center Portland OR 97232
The real beard, the real deal! Join us as we welcome the genuine Saint Nick back to Macy’s Santaland! Tug his beard, snap a photo with him and share everything on your holiday wish list.
Before you leave, stop by for a picture in front of the restored original monorail next to the train garden.
Date/Time: Nov 27 – Dec 24, Level A
Where: 621 SW 5th Ave Portland OR 97204
SANTA CLAUS AND FROSTY VISIT AT SKIBOWL
Experience the magic of a winter wonderland when you visit Mt. Hood Skibowl’s Snow Tube and Adventure Park. You’ll be able to go tubing with Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. They will be handing out treats for children of all ages and listening to all your Christmas wishes.
Date/Time: December 12, 13, 19, 20. 11am – 2pm
Cost: FREE with the purchase a tube ticket.
Where: 87000 E Hwy 26 Government Camp OR 97028
Portland Children’s Museum: A Morning with Santa
Date/Time: 8-10 am, Dec 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Cost: $20 per person, $15 for museum members
Where: 4015 SW Canyon Rd Portland OR 97221
West End Ballroom: Brown Like Me: Photos with Santa
Date/Time: Sunday, Dec 13, 3:00-6:00PM
Where: 1220 SW Taylor St Portland OR 97205