Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do in December 2014 with this calendar of events.
Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Drive-through light show
Dec. 1 - 28, 2014 (begins Nov. 27)
8 miles north
Billed as the largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi, and named a top-10 place to see Christmas lights by USA Today, Winter Wonderland
has 250 displays at Portland International Raceway.
Lights at the Grotto
Dec. 1 - 30, 2014 (begins Nov. 28)
8 miles NE
Christmas Festival of Lights
features 500,000 lights, 160 choral performances, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at the Grotto.
Dec. 1 - 31, 2014 (Nov. 28 - Jan. 4)
3 miles west
uses a million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.
Christmas lights trail
December 1 - 31, 2014 (begins Nov. 15)
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.
Christmas fantasy trail
Dec. 2 - 30, 2014
26 miles SE
Families love the lighted Christmas Fantasy Trail
and bonfire at Wenzel family farm in Oregon City. Closed Sundays and Dec. 24 - 25.
Holiday Ale Festival
December 3 - 7, 2014
Enjoy 50 bold winter ales at Holiday Ale Festival
in Pioneer Courthouse Square. No kids or pets.
December 3 - 28, 2014
3.5 miles NE
Portland Playhouse performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol
about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
Fremont Holiday Fest
December 5, 2014
5 miles NE
Santa and Mrs. Claus ride down NE Fremont St. on a fire engine with sirens blaring to Santa’s Village during Fremont Holiday Fest
, which includes a tree-lighting ceremony, music, and entertainment.
Christmas tree festival
December 5 - 6, 2014 (gala Dec. 4)
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.
Dec. 5 - 7, 2014 (also Nov. 28 - 30)
7 miles north
America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar
has 400 booths of juried handcrafted items plus 500 of commercial holiday products at Portland Expo Center.
Dec. 5-7 and 12-14, 2014 (begins Nov. 28)
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 7806 SE Oaks Park Way.
Christmas Ship Parade
December 5 - 21, 2014
Watch 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River
and the Willamette River
during the Christmas Ship Parade. Free.
Hood River Holidays
December 5 - 24, 2014
62 miles east
Hood River Holidays
has lit Christmas trees along Main Street, decorated buildings, unique shops, restaurants, microbreweries, and wine-tasting rooms plus a Last Chance Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 13 - 14.