Holiday Events in the Portland Area!

Need some Holiday cheer? Here's your list for the week!

December 5, 2017

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Sometimes an experience is better than more "stuff" and here's a list to get you going!  The weather this week is great, and what a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor light displays.  

Happy Holidays! ~Iris

Now – Dec 10: Scrooge: The Musical is a community theater show for only $10 at Sellwood Playhouse.

Now-Dec 21: The Annual Christmas Ship Parade, with 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River and the Willamette River.

Now - Dec. 28: The Train to Christmas Town, with a visit from Santa and his elves.  It’s a 75-minute train ride along the Columbia River.  With cocoa, cookies and music.

Now - Dec. 16: Festival of Trees at Divine Consign in Vancouver.

Now - Dec. 31 (4 to 9 p.m.): Lighting of Maddax Woods, 5785 River Street in West Linn. Follow colorful lights through the woods to a viewing platform on the Willamette.

Now-Dec 17: Holiday Express Train.  Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated train going roundtrip from 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 

Now - Dec. 26: Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. Drive through.  Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest.

Now - Dec. 30: Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto.  Features a walk among lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate. Closed December 25.

Now - Dec. 31: Christmas in the Garden at Oregon Garden in Silverton.   600,000 lights, music, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa. Closed Nov. 27, 28; Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 24, 25.

Now- Jan. 7, 2018: ZooLights transforms the Oregon Zoo into a Winter Wonderland! Closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1-4.

Now - Dec. 9:  The Nowhere Band plays a classic Beatles album at the White Album Xmas show, at Alberta Rose Theatre.  Jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats of The Portland Circus Allstars perform.

Now - Dec. 24: A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Brunish Theatre.

Dec 7 – 16: The comedy play “An Act of God” at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza.  With the assistance of angels Michael and Gabriel, God sets the record straight by answering the deepest questions plaguing mankind since creation.

Dec 8 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.): The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Carolers sing on downtown streets from 6 to 7 p.m. and give a final performance in Pioneer Courthouse Square at 7:15 p.m. for a $1000 prize.

Dec 8 – 10: The Northwest Community Gospel Chorus performs with the Oregon Symphony at Gospel Christmas in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Dec 8 – 10: St. Johns Winter Beer Fest.  Try 20 winter beers and IPAs, 8608 N Lombard Street in St. Johns for age 21+. Free entry. Pay for food and drink.

Dec 9 (1:30 to 3 p.m.): Tuba Christmas Concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Hear 250 tubas play in unison.

Dec 9 (9 p.m.): Vespertine Winter Ball is a white winter costume ball, with Gothic and industrial music, catered food, and performances upstairs at Melody Ballroom (age 21+).

Dec 9 (4 to 10 p.m.): Ciderfest at the EastBurn. Taste local hard cider and enjoy live music

Dec 9 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.): Uncorked!  Taste wine from eight local wineries with appetizers and chocolate. Enjoy music and a silent auction for charity in Gresham.

Dec 9 – 10: Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market at the Oregon Convention Center.  Shop from 250 creative artists.  

Dec 9- 10 and 16 – 17: Toy Box is a holiday show about toys that come to life, performed on stage and in the air by students in the warehouse of A-WOL Dance Collective.

Dec 9 – 17: Beauty and the Beast is a Disney musical about a young woman (Belle) and a prince under a witch’s curse (Beast) live onstage at Newmark Theatre.

Dec 9 – 23: The Miracle of a Million Lights.  Visit the Victorian Belle mansion and its 2.5-acre grounds for the lights and music.

December 9 – 24: The Nutcracker is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium.