Portland events calendar for December 2016. Festivals, fun things to do, Christmas events, Christmas lights, Christmas ships, New Year’s Eve parties in Portland, OR.

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December 2016
December 2016

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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Holiday home tour

December 2, 2016 (10 a.m. & 6 p.m.)

5.4 miles SE

With a ticket to the Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique, you can visit six classic homes decorated for the holidays, with a free trolley that connects them all, an art fair, and live music in the evening.

Hood River parade

December 2, 2016

62 miles east

Hood River Holidays kicks off with a parade at 6 p.m. on Oak Street, followed by carolers and a tree lighting at Overlook Memorial Park at 7 p.m. Free.

Christmas tree lighting

December 3, 2016

Portland area

See a free tree-lighting ceremony this month. (Also see Pioneer Courthouse Square on Nov. 25.)

Holiday sax concert

December 3, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays yuletide classics, including his passionate take on “Let it Snow” at Winningstad Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Build a gingerbread house

December 3, 2016

1 mile SE

Build a gingerbread house to take home, visit the hot chocolate bar, and get a photo with Santa Claus at Gingerbread Jamboree at OMSI.

Christmas trees in Portland

December 3, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Wander among dozens of decorated trees, visit Santa, make crafts, and watch entertainment at the Festival of Trees at Oregon Convention Center.

Beer & wood market

December 3, 2016 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

1.9 miles SE

Shop for gifts made from wood, drink beer aged in wood, and eat wood-fired pizza at The WoodWorker Holiday Market at Baerlic Brewing. All ages are OK.

Holiday bazaar

December 3, 2016 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

7 miles SW

Garden Home Holiday Bazaar has a morning breakfast, an afternoon wine tasting, and 100 local art and craft vendors with holiday music all day at Garden Home Recreation Center. Free except breakfast.

Green gift show

December 3, 2016 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

10 miles north

Shop for green gifts from 60 vendors at Evergreen Gift Market at Marshall Community Center in Vancouver.

Holiday Ale Festival

December 3 - 4, 2016

0 miles

Enjoy 50 bold winter ales at Holiday Ale Festival in heated tents with food vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square for age 21+. No smoking or pets.

Holiday concert

December 3 - 4, 2016

0.6 miles south

Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree holds a 300-voice choir singing holiday songs, and they’re joined by dancers, a cinematic Nativity, and Santa at Keller Auditorium.

Scandinavian fair

December 3 - 4, 2016

1.5 miles NE

Celebrate the foods, crafts, music, and traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas at ScanFair at the Exhibit Hall in Memorial Coliseum.

Cat show

December 3 - 4, 2016

1.8 miles NE

See 200 cats and 30 breeds at the Lewis & Clark Cat Show at DoubleTree Hotel at the Lloyd Center.

Nativities in Beaverton

December 3 - 4, 2016

6.2 miles SW

See 100 nativity dioramas on display, and hear Christmas music at A Festival of Nativities and Carols at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Free.

Christmas bazaar

December 3 - 4, 2016

7 miles north

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar has 400 booths of juried handcrafted items plus 500 booths of commercial holiday products at Portland Expo Center. Open Nov. 25, 26, 27; Dec. 2, 3, 4.

Beatles circus spectacular

December 3 - 10, 2016

4.7 miles NE

Jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats of Wanderlust Circus perform onstage as Nowhere Band plays a classic Beatles album at the White Album Christmas show in Alberta Rose Theatre.

Japanese film festival

December 3 - 11, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Japanese Currents features films ranging from anime to samurai epic, documentary to family melodrama, at Portland Art Museum. Discount tickets $4.

Pub crawl dressed as Santa

December 3 - 17, 2016

Portland bars

Christmas Ship Parade

December 3 - 18, 2016

Portland locations

Watch 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River and the Willamette River during the Christmas Ship Parade. Free.

Christmas train

December 3 - 18, 2016

6 miles SE

Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated Holiday Express train, which leaves the station at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.

Hood River train ride

December 3 - 28, 2016

63 miles east

Take a 75-minute train ride along the Columbia River as you drink cocoa with cookies and hear music on the Polar Express, with a visit from Santa and his elves.

Holiday comedies

December 3 - 24, 2016

multiple locations

Holiday songs in harmony

December 3 - 24, 2016

0.2 miles south

Plaid Tidings features the four men of “Forever Plaid” singing nostalgic songs in perfect harmony at Brunish Theatre. Discount tickets $19 to $24.

Drive-through light show

December 3 - 25, 2016

8 miles north

Billed as the largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi, Winter Wonderland has 250 displays at Portland International Raceway. (Dec. 6 is for dog walkers only.)

Lights at The Grotto

December 3 - 30, 2016

8 miles NE

Christmas Festival of Lights features 500,000 lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at The Grotto. Closed December 25.

Christmas fantasy trail

December 3 - 30, 2016

26 miles SE

Families love the lighted Christmas Fantasy Trail and bonfire at Wenzel family farm in Oregon City. Closed Sundays and Dec. 24 to 25.

Christmas lights trail

December 3 - 31, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

13 miles south

Follow colorful lights through the woods to a viewing platform on the Willamette River at Lighting of Maddax Woods, 5785 River Street in West Linn. Free.


December 3, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

3 miles west

ZooLights uses 1.5 million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas in the Garden

December 3, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 500,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. See schedule. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Holiday bazaar

December 4, 2016 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Shop from 80 local, artisan vendors at Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar at Laurelhurst School.

Free holiday concert

December 4, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

8.2 miles SE

The first hour, wander the grounds of Gray Gables Estate, visit “a rustic hot cocoa bar,” hear Dickens carolers, and pet adoptable animals. A 3 p.m. Dignity Memorial Holiday Concert in the ballroom features Michael Allen Harrison and the Parkrose Choir. Free.

Free Christmas concert

December 4, 2016 (4 to 6 p.m.)

8.7 miles east

Sunnyside Symphony performs its Christmas Concert with holiday music and featuring two sopranos at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church. Free.

Christmas concert

December 4, 9, 11, 2016

1.1 miles west

Oregon Repertory Singers perform traditional carols, sacred music, and Christmas music from “Home Alone” at Glory of Christmas at First United Methodist Church.

Christmas play

December 4 - 30, 2016

3.5 miles NE

Portland Playhouse performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.

Christmas ships trolley ride

December 5 - 17, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

8 miles south

Reserve a seat on the Willamette Shore Trolley in Lake Oswego to see the Christmas Ships Parade. Tentative dates are Dec. 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 17.

Holiday marketplace

December 6 - 9, 2016

0 miles

Shop for holiday gifts from 38 artists at Portland Artisan Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Escape game

December 7, 2016 (8 p.m.)

6 miles west

British Redcoats lock you and 9 others in a room in the game American Revolution, which requires you to solve clues and escape within 60 minutes or face the firing squad, in Cedar Hills. Discount tickets $15.

Free Christmas concert

December 7, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

13 miles NW

Westside Community & Youth Orchestra plays classical Christmas music at its winter concert Handel Christmas at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Free.

Holiday musical

December 7 - 23, 2016

0.5 miles west

Written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, A Civil War Christmas is a stirring set of folk songs, spirituals, carols, and powerful tales set near the end of the Civil War at Artists Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $25.

Christmas carols

December 9, 2016 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

0 miles

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 during The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Free.

Winter beer festival

December 9 - 10, 2016

9 miles north

Sample winter beers from 35 breweries at Vancouver Winter Brewfest at Esther Short Park in Vancouver WA.

Gospel Christmas

December 9 - 11, 2016

0.2 miles SW

The Northwest Community Gospel Chorus performs with the Oregon Symphony at Gospel Christmas in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Green expo

December 9 - 11, 2016

1.5 miles NE

The Green Festival has exhibitors, an organic food court, sustainable beer and wine garden, kids’ eco-fun zone, and yoga pavilion at Oregon Convention Center.

Beer festival

December 9 - 11, 2016

7.5 miles NW

Try 20 winter beers and IPAs with food for sale at the St. Johns Winter Beer Fest at 8608 N Lombard Street in St. Johns for age 21+. Free entry.

Handel’s Messiah

December 9 - 12, 2016

0.5 mile west

Portland Baroque Orchestra and Cappella Romana join forces for complete three-hour performances of Handel’s Messiah at First Baptist Church (except two hours of highlights on December 12).

Superhero cirque comedy

December 9 - 18, 2016

3 miles SE

Inspired by comic books, Superhero Old Folks’ Home is “an action-packed, fun, and poignant look at a multi-generational family of superheroes” with extraordinary powers for all ages at Echo Theater. Discount tickets $13.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

December 9 - 24, 2016

8 miles SW

Beauty and the Beast is a hit Disney musical about a young woman (Belle) and a prince under a witch’s curse (Beast) live onstage at Newmark Theatre. Discount tickets $39.

Tuba concert

December 10, 2016 (1:30 to 3 p.m.)

0 miles

Hear 250 tubas play in unison at the Tuba Christmas Concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Holiday bazaar

December 10, 2016

6 miles SE

Shop from 75+ local arts and craft vendors at the East Portland Holiday Bazaar at 8114 SE Division St. Free.

Wine tasting

December 10, 2016

10.5 miles SE

Taste wine from eight local wineries with appetizers and chocolate at Uncorked, which includes music and a silent auction for charity at Eagle Landing in Happy Valley.

Holiday craft show

December 10 - 11, 2016

1 mile NW

Shop from 200 creative artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market at the Oregon Convention Center. Repeats in June. Free.

Holiday aerial show

December 10 - 11 and 17 - 18, 2016

2 miles NE

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.

Christmas at the mansion

December 10 - 23, 2016 (6 to 10 p.m.)

6 miles north

Visit the Victorian Belle mansion and its 2.5-acre grounds to see millions of lights and hear holiday music during The Miracle of a Million Lights.

Nutcracker ballet

December 10 - 26, 2016

0.6 miles south

The Nutcracker is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium. Discount tickets $49.

Wizard of Oz

December 10, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017

1 mile NW

The Wizard of Oz takes you over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, wizards, and timeless songs at Northwest Children's Theater and School. Discount tickets $12.

Holiday run

December 11, 2016

3.5 miles north

Wear festive colors for Holiday Half Marathon & 5K, which begins at the Adidas North America Campus, has carolers along the way, and ends with warm food, hot chocolate, and seasonal beer. Sells out.

Holiday concert

December 13 - 15, 2016

0.5 miles east

The three talented guys of BelloVoci sing classical arrangements in perfect harmony at Morrison Stage. Discount tickets $12.

Celtic Christmas

December 14, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

Celtic Yuletide is Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and holiday songs at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Holiday concert

December 14 - 18, 2016

muliple locations

Portland Chamber Orchestra and a local choir perform music by Bach, traditional carols, and part of Handel’s Messiah in three locations.

Classic comedy

December 15 - 18, 2016

0.9 miles SW

Set in a 1920s English country house, Hay Fever is a comedy of bad manners by Noël Coward about an eccentric family and their houseguests at the Portland Actors Conservatory. Discount tickets $13.

Christmas neighborhood

December 15 - 31, 2016

3 miles east

See quaint houses adorned for Christmas at Lights on Peacock Lane, which on some nights is closed to cars and open only to pedestrians. Free.

Cider festival

December 16, 2016 (4 p.m.)

1.8 miles east

Taste local hard cider and hear live music during Ciderfest at the EastBurn for all ages until 9 p.m.

Baroque Christmas concert

December 16, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

4.1 miles NE

Bach Cantata Choir & Chamber Orchestra perform a Baroque Holiday Concert with Baroque Christmas carols at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church.

Christmas Carol circus

December 16 - 18, 2016 (8 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

A Circus Carol is the familiar story of Scrooge & Tiny Tim performed by aerialists, jugglers, and singers to music at Alberta Rose Theatre. Discount tickets $12.

Christmas show

December 16 - 21, 2016

0.5 miles south

The Christmas Revels is a family-oriented celebration of the winter solstice with music, dance, song, theater, and humor at St. Mary’s Academy.

Winter ball

December 17, 2016 (9 p.m.)

1.2 miles east

Celebrate the winter solstice at Vespertine Winter Ball, which has Gothic and industrial music, catered food, and a live performance in Melody Ballroom for age 21+. Sign into Facebook to see the Facebook page.

Christmas ships party

December 17, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)

6.4 miles SE

Winter Solstice & Christmas Ships Viewing Event includes bonfires, food for sale, a beer garden, and a view of the Christmas ships at Milwaukie Riverfront Park with a tent in case of rain. Free.

Christmas concert

December 17 - 18, 2016

0.5 miles south

Welcome, Yule! is a mix of old and new songs performed by Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland in Lincoln Recital Hall at Portland State University. Discount tickets $12.

Christmas spectacular

December 22 - 24, 2016

0.2 miles SW

Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Whale Watching Week

December 27 - 31, 2016

107 miles SW

Volunteers will help you spot whales at 24 sites during Whale Watching Week. Mileage shown is to Depoe Bay Whale Center in Newport. Repeats in March.

Early New Year’s concert

December 30 - 31, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Ode to Joy: New Year’s Celebration includes a cabaret act and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

New Year’s dance party

December 30, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017

0.3 miles north

Vote for Dancing (formerly InspireTruth) is a “playful New Year’s Eve celebration that can inspire us to reach for depth and transform ourselves and our world” at Roseland Theater for age 21+. All ages on Jan. 1.

New Year’s Eve dusk-to-dawn

December 31, 2016

Portland locations

McMenamins’ New Year’s Eve Packages include dinner, party, champagne, hotel room, and breakfast.

New Year’s Eve restaurants

December 31, 2016

Portland locations

Find a list of restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations for New Year’s Eve at OpenTable.

New Year’s Eve gala

December 31, 2016

0.1 mile south

Count down to the New Year at the spectacular Champagne Ball, which has four dance floors and 17 bars at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. No jeans or anyone under 21.

New Year’s Eve - Governor’s Ball

December 31, 2016

0.3 miles west

A ticket to The Governor’s Ball includes reserved seating (7 p.m.), dinner (8 p.m.), dancing to live music (9 p.m.), and a champagne toast at The Sentinel Hotel.

New Year’s Eve run/walk

December 31, 2016

0.5 mile SE

Ring in the New Year at First Run with a party at 10 p.m. followed by a 5K run/walk and 10K run at midnight from the World Trade Center Plaza.

New Year’s Eve - Bollywood style

December 31, 2016 (9 p.m.)

1.2 miles SW

New Year’s Eve with DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid has DJ dance music and dance performances, aerial acts, and it promises a special guest in the Melody Ballroom.

New Year’s Eve comedy

December 31, 2016 (8 p.m.)

6 miles north

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is four hours of sketch, stand up, improv, and aerial arts plus hors d’oeuvres, dessert, a champagne toast, and a midnight dance party for 100 people at Curious Comedy Theater.
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