Portland events December 2019. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events December 2019

Winery open house

December 1, 2019
multiple locations
Willamette Valley wineries have events and special offers during Wine Country Thanksgiving. Scroll down their web page to see the events at each winery.

Holiday concert

December 1, 2019
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.

Holiday bazaar

December 1, 2019 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Shop from 100 artisans, crafters, and food makers at Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar at Laurelhurst School. Free.

Christmas bazaar

December 1 - 8, 2019
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 only Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

An Appalachian Christmas

December 3, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles south
An Appalachian Christmas features violinist and composer Mark O’Connor and his family playing Appalachian music at Newmark Theatre.

Adult party at OMSI

December 4, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
Drink beer or wine while learning about robots, tornados, and fossils, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight at OMSI After Dark: Wild World for age 21+.

Holiday Ale Festival

December 4 - 8, 2019
0 miles
Enjoy 50 bold winter ales at Holiday Ale Festival in a heated tent with food vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square for age 21+. No smoking or pets.

Beatles circus spectacular

December 4, 5, 11, 2019
4.7 miles NE
Jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats of The Portland Circus Allstars perform onstage as The Nowhere Band plays a classic Beatles album at the White Album Xmas show, with a full bar in Alberta Rose Theatre.

Home tour

December 5, 2019
1.6 miles SW
Tour 4 decorated homes in zip code 97201 on the $30 Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour in the southwest hills.

Holiday home tour

December 6, 2019
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, and live music in the evening. The all-day holiday gift boutique is free.

Hood River parade

December 6, 2019
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 trees in Portland

December 6 - 7, 2019 (gala Dec. 5)
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.

Build a gingerbread house

December 7, 2019
0.3 miles west
Build a gingerbread house to take home, visit the hot chocolate bar, and get a photo with Santa Claus at the Gingerbread Jamboree the Sentinel Hotel.

Winter ball

December 7, 2019
0.3 miles SW
Vespertine Winter Ball is a white winter costume ball, with Gothic and industrial music, catered food, performances, a full bar, and a dress code at the Portland Art Museum for age 21+.

Charity ball

December 7, 2019 (7 to 11 p.m.)
1.6 miles NW
Dress up to party with a purpose at the Levé Ball [formerly Charity Ball] dance party, with appetizers, a no-host bar, a silent auction, and wine bottles for sale at Castaway Portland.

Beer & wood market

December 7, 2019
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.

Old English pub night

December 7, 2019 (5 to 10 p.m.)
11.4 miles SE
Based on the traditional English holiday gathering, Portland Cider Holiday Wassail promises the Morris dancers, a toasting of the apple trees, pub songs, and live music, with food and cider for sale at Portland Cider Co. in Clackamas. Free.

Portland Night Market

December 7 - 8, 2019
0.9 miles east
Shop from 150 vendors of food, drink, crafts, and clothes at Portland Night Market at 100 SE Alder Street. No pets. Free.

Scandinavian fair

December 7 - 8, 2019
1.5 miles NE
Celebrate the foods, crafts, music, and traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas at ScanFair with 90 vendors at the Exhibit Hall in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Cat show

December 7 - 8, 2019
1.8 miles NE
See 200 cats and 40 breeds at Lewis & Clark Cat Show in the DoubleTree Hotel at Lloyd Center.

Holiday run

December 8, 2019
3.5 miles north
Wear festive colors for Holiday Half Marathon & 10K & 5K, which begins at Adidas North America Campus, has carolers along the way, and ends with warm food, hot chocolate, and seasonal beer. Usually sells out.

Christmas ships trolley ride

December 11 - 21, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
8 miles south
Reserve a seat on the Willamette Shore Trolley in Lake Oswego to see the Christmas Ships Parade.

Christmas play

December 12 - 21, 2019
8.7 miles north
Inspired by the classic film, Miracle on 34th Street is about a man who claims to be Santa and a girl who doesn’t believe, at Magenta Theater in Vancouver, WA.

Christmas Ship Parade

December 12 - 22, 2019
Portland locations
Watch 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River and the Willamette River during the Christmas Ships Parade. Closed Dec. 8, 9, 16. Free.

Christmas at Victorian Belle

December 12 - 28, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
6 miles north
Visit the Victorian Belle mansion and its 2.5-acre grounds to see decorated rooms, a million lights, a train display, and musical performances during The Miracle of a Million Lights. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. The last date on Dec. 28 is a special event.

Christmas fantasy trail

December 12 - 28, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
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. Cash only. Directions.

Christmas play

December 12 - 29, 2019
3.5 miles NE
Portland Playhouse performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and three ghosts at Portland Playhouse.

Hood River train ride

December 12 - 29, 2019
63 miles east
Take a 90-minute train ride along the Columbia River as you drink cocoa with cookies and hear music on the The Train to Christmas Town, with a visit from Santa and his elves. See schedule.

Lights at The Grotto

December 12 - 30, 2019
8 miles NE
Christmas Festival of Lights features a walk among lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate at The Grotto. Closed December 25.

Christmas lights trail

December 12 - 31, 2019
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. Search for 50 animal sculptures listed on page two of the flyer. Free.

Drive-through light show

December 12, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
8 miles north
Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. Dog walk nights are Dec. 2 & 3. No studded tires or tire chains.

Christmas at Pittock Mansion

December 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
2.9 miles east
Walk through Pittock Mansion during A Pittock Mansion Christmas, when it’s decorated for the holidays by professional designers and volunteers, and musicians play holiday music in the music room. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


December 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
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. 25.

Christmas in the Garden

December 12, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
43 miles south
Christmas in the Garden offers 1 million lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. A “fun pass” adds ice skating and snowless tubing. Buy tickets online to avoid sell outs. Closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 24, 25.

Christmas carols

December 13, 2019 (6 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.

Christmas concert

December 13, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles west
Oregon Repertory Singers perform traditional carols with guest choirs during Glory of Christmas at First United Methodist Church.

Gospel Christmas

December 13 - 15, 2019
0.2 miles SW
The Northwest Community Gospel Chorus performs with the Oregon Symphony at Gospel Christmas in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Gospel Nativity

December 13 - 15, 2019
4.2 miles NE
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes retells the classic Nativity story with holiday carols sung gospel style at Bethel AME Church.

Christmas musical

December 13 - 15, 2019
5.8 miles south
Scrooge: The Musical is a community theater show with lots of dancing and singing at Sellwood Playhouse.

Handel’s Messiah

December 13 - 16, 2019
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. The last evening is a shorter highlights version.

Charlie Brown live!

December 13 - 22, 2019 (7 p.m.)
0.2 miles SW
Based on the television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a play featuring young actors playing popular Peanuts cartoon characters who learn the true meaning of Christmas at Brunish Theatre.

Discount tickets

Christmas show

December 13 - 22, 2019
0.2 miles south
The Christmas Revels is a family-oriented celebration of the winter solstice with music, dance, song, theater, and humor at Newmark Theatre.

Christmas concert

December 13 - 26, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Christmas at The Old Church is an annual event with Michael Allen Harrison at the piano, guest musicians, and vocalists at The Old Church Concert Hall.

Nutcracker ballet

December 13 - 26, 2019
0.6 miles south
The Nutcracker by George Balanchine is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium.

Discount tickets

Holiday lights near Mt. Tabor

December 13 - 29, 2019 (5 to 7 p.m.)
5.1 miles east
View the lights and warm up with free hot chocolate at the Holiday Light Stroll in the gardens at St. Andrews Memory Care. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Free.

Comedy improv

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020
1.2 miles NW
ComedySportz is “a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great for the whole family” and incorporates audience suggestions.

Discount tickets

Tuba concert

December 14, 2019 (1:30 to 3 p.m.)
0 miles
Hear 250 tubas play in unison at the Tuba Christmas Concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Cider festival

December 14, 2019 (4 to 10 p.m.)
1.8 miles east
A ticket to Ciderfest gets you five tastes of cider from among 15 local cideries at EastBurn Public House.

Dinner in the country

December 14, 2019 (5 p.m.)
multiple location
Dinners in the Field features “stunning wines of Oregon over a six-to-seven course dinner expertly prepared by Field & Vine chefs using ingredients sourced straight from the host and surrounding farms.”

Christmas train

December 14 - 15, 2019
6 miles SE
Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated Holiday Express train going roundtrip from the white tent at 7806 SE Oaks Park Way.

Family breakfast show

December 14 - 23, 2019
9.2 miles south
A dragon wants to eat Santa’s elves in The Peppermint Bear Show, which includes “a special holiday continental breakfast 30 minutes before the show” at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego for ages 3 to 12.

Family fantasy cruise

December 14 - 27, 2019
0.5 miles east
“Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music, and magic” on the two-hour Cinnamon Bear Cruise departing from Waterfront Park at 1000 SW Naito Parkway.

Saxophone concert

December 15, 2019
0.4 miles west
Grammy-winning saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays a combination of romantic Latin jazz, bossa nova, and R&B at Hotel deLuxe.

Discount tickets

Christmas neighborhood

December 15 - 31, 2019 (6 to 11 p.m.)
3 miles east
See quaint houses adorned for Christmas at Lights on Peacock Lane, which on some days is closed to cars and open only to pedestrians. Free.

Celtic Christmas

December 18, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
4.7 miles NE
Celtic Yuletide is Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and holiday songs at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Free Christmas concert

December 18, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
13 miles NW
Westside Community & Youth Orchestra plays classical Christmas music at its winter concert Home for the Holidays at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Free.

Baroque Christmas concert

December 20, 2019 (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.

Pub crawl dressed as Santa

December 21, 2019
Portland bars
Stumptown SantaCon is $10 and starts at Splash Bar.

Christmas ships party

December 21, 2019 (4:30 to 7:30 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.

Spirits festival

December 21 - 22, 2019
0.7 miles NE
Meet local craft distillers, sample their products, and buy signature cocktails or bottles at Holiday Spirits Fest for age 21+, and then hear live music and visit the vendors at the Saturday Market. Free.

Craft market

December 21 - 22, 2019
1.2 miles NW
Renegade Craft Fair has 100 indie craft makers, food trucks, and DJ music outside Pure Space. Free.

Marching band downtown

December 22, 2019 (12 to 1 p.m.)
0.2 miles north
Enjoy the high-energy, brassy, rock and roll style of The Beat Goes on Marching Band at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Girl-power musical

December 23, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
0.8 miles NW
Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dreams of a better life and dares to take a stand to achieve it at Northwest Children’s Theater and School.

Discount tickets

Romantic French films

December 27 - 29, 2019
0.3 miles SW
Watch three films from the 1960s that make up Jacques Demy’s Romantic Trilogy, with English subtitles at the Portland Art Museum.

Whale Watching Week

December 27 - 31, 2019
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. Held in March & December.

A Viennese New Year

December 30, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles SW
Celebrate the new year a day earlier than usual at A Viennese New Year. Oregon Symphony plays music by Strauss and Oregon Ballet Theatre brings “romance to the stage in breathtaking vignettes” at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

New Year’s Eve dusk-to-dawn

December 31, 2019
Portland locations
McMenamins’ New Year’s Eve Packages typically include dinner, party, champagne, hotel room, and breakfast depending on the location. Some locations are in Washington.

New Year’s Eve restaurants

December 31, 2019
Portland locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve gala

December 31, 2019
0.1 mile south
Count down to 2020 at the spectacular Champagne Ball, which has three dance floors, food, and 18 bars at the Hilton Portland Downtown for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - Governor’s Ball

December 31, 2019
0.3 miles west
A ticket to The Governor’s Ball includes reserved seating, a three-course dinner, wine, dancing to live music, and a champagne toast at the Sentinel Hotel. General admission tickets don’t include dinner or seats.

New Year’s Eve powwow

December 31, 2019 (1 p.m. to midnight)
1.5 miles NE
Family-friendly New Year Eve Sobriety Powwow has games and activities for kids, arts & crafts vendors, fry bread for sale, music, and dancing in Oregon Convention Center but no alcohol. Free.

New Year’s Eve - Bollywood #2

December 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
3.1 miles east
Bollywood Roaring Twenties Party is a DJ dance party with music from India, dance performers, a dance lesson, and dancing at the Hawthorne Theatre for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - Bollywood #1

December 31, 2019
4.3 miles north
New Year’s Eve with Anjali has dance music and dance performances with a guest band at Polaris Hall for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve comedy

December 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
6 miles north
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is four hours of sketch, stand up, improv, and aerial arts plus appetizers, dessert, and a midnight champagne toast at Curious Comedy Theater.

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