Portland events December 2018. Things to do in Portland, Oregon.

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Portland events December 2018

Fun basketball show

December 1, 2018
(2 and 7 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
The talented Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show at Moda Center.

Ticket deal $27 to $46

Christmas trees in Portland

December 1, 2018
(begins Nov. 30)
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 1, 2018
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.

Charity Ball

December 1, 2018
2 miles NW
Dress up to party with a purpose at the Charity Ball dance party, with appetizers, a no-host bar, a silent auction, and wine bottles for sale at Castaway.

Holiday Ale Festival

December 1 - 2, 2018
(begins Nov. 28)
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.

Holiday concert

December 1 - 2, 2018
(begins Nov. 23)
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 1 - 2, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Celebrate the foods, crafts, music, and traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas at ScanFair at the Exhibit Hall in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Cat show

December 1 - 2, 2018
1.8 miles NE
See 200 cats and 40 breeds at Lewis & Clark Cat Show in the DoubleTree Hotel at Lloyd Center.

Christmas bazaar

December 1 - 2, 2018
(begins Nov. 23)
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.

Beatles circus spectacular

December 1 - 8, 2018
(Nov. 29+)
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.

Christmas musical

December 1 - 9, 2018
(begins Nov. 23)
5.8 miles south
Scrooge: The Musical is a community theater show with lots of dancing and singing at Sellwood Playhouse.

Pub crawl dressed as Santa

December 1 & 15, 2018
Portland bars
  • Dec. 1 - The free NoPdxAnticon starts at Paul Bunyan Statue.
  • Dec. 15 - You must sign into Facebook to see $10 Stumptown SantaCon, which starts at Splash Bar.

Christmas train

December 1 - 16, 2018
(begins Nov. 23)
6 miles SE
Take a one-hour ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa on the decorated Holiday Express train going roundtrip from 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.

Christmas Ship Parade

December 1 - 20, 2018
Portland locations
Watch 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River and the Willamette River during the Christmas Ship Parade. See schedule. Free.

Holiday improv

December 1 - 23, 2018
(begins Nov. 27)
0.6 miles NW
A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens is a zany sendup of the classic holiday play, based on audience suggestions and full of adult humor at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.

Drive-through light show

December 1 - 26, 2018
(Nov. 23+)
8 miles north
Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. No studded tires or tire chains.

Hood River train ride

December 1 - 27, 2018
(begins Nov. 17)
63 miles east
Take a 70-minute train ride along the Columbia River as you drink cocoa with cookies and hear music on the The Train to Christmas Town [formerly Polar Express], with a visit from Santa and his elves.

Christmas play

December 1 - 29, 2018
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.

Christmas fantasy trail

December 1 - 29, 2018
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.

Lights at The Grotto

December 1 - 30, 2018
(Nov. 23+)
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 at Pittock Mansion

December 1 - 31, 2018
(Nov. 19+)
2.9 miles east
Walk through Pittock Mansion during A Very Portland Christmas, when it’s decorated for the holidays by professional designers and volunteers, and musicians play holiday music in the music room.

Christmas lights trail

December 1 - 31, 2018
(begins Nov. 17)
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. Look for 45 animal sculptures listed on page 2 of the flyer. Free.

Christmas in the Garden

December 1 - 31, 2018
(Nov. 23+)
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. 24 & 25.


Dec. 21, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
(Nov. 21+)
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 Nov. 22, 27, 28, and Dec. 24, 25.

Holiday bazaar

December 2, 2018
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Shop from 80 artisans, crafters, and food makers at Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar at Laurelhurst School. Free.

Christmas concert

December 2, 7, 9, 2018
1.1 miles west
Oregon Repertory Singers perform traditional carols with guest choirs during Glory of Christmas at First United Methodist Church.

Gospel Nativity

December 2 - 16, 2018
4.2 miles NE
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes retells the classic Nativity story with holiday carols sung gospel style at Bethel AME Church.

Saxophone concert

December 6, 2018
(7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
0 miles
Grammy-winning saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays a combination of romantic Latin jazz, bossa nova, and R&B at The Nines Hotel.

Ticket deal $19

Christmas carols

December 7, 2018
(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.

Holiday home tour

December 7, 2018
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 7, 2018
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.

Gospel Christmas

December 7 - 9, 2018
0.2 miles SW
The Northwest Community Gospel Chorus performs with the Oregon Symphony at Gospel Christmas in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Handel’s Messiah

December 7 - 10, 2018
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.

Tuba concert

December 8, 2018
(1:30 to 3 p.m.)
0 miles
Hear 250 tubas play in unison at the Tuba Christmas Concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Build a gingerbread house

December 8, 2018
0.1 miles east
Build a gingerbread house to take home, visit the hot chocolate bar, and get a photo with Santa Claus at the Gingerbread Jamboree at The Nines.

Winter ball

December 8, 2018
0.2 miles west
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 historic Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom for age 21+.

Holiday craft show

December 8 - 9, 2018
(preview Dec. 7)
1 mile NW
Shop from 250 creative artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market at the Oregon Convention Center. Repeats in May. Free.

Holiday aerial show

December 8 - 9 and 15 - 16, 2018
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 Victorian Belle

December 8 - 23, 2018
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.

Nutcracker ballet

December 8 - 26, 2018
0.6 miles south
The Nutcracker is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium.

Holiday run

December 9, 2018
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 concert

December 12 - 26, 2018
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.

Traditional holiday concert

December 14 - 16, 2018
2.7 miles SE
The Trail Band is an eight-piece ensemble that blends brass, string, and harmonizing vocal arrangements during NW Natural Holidays with the Trail Band at Aladdin Theater to support children’s charities.

Holiday cirque show

December 14 - 16, 2018
4.7 miles NE
Do Jump & 3 Leg Torso perform a mind-blowing show with “laughter, love, acrobatics, dancing, juggling, live music, and mayhem” at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Christmas show

December 14 - 22, 2018
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 ships party

December 15, 2018
(4:30 - 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 15 - 16, 2018
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.

Christmas neighborhood

December 15 - 31, 2018
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.

Free Christmas concert

December 19, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
13 miles NW
Westside Community & Youth Orchestra plays classical Christmas music at its winter concert An Old Fashioned Christmas at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Free.

Baroque Christmas concert

December 21, 2018
(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.

Celtic Christmas

December 21, 2018
4.7 miles NE
Celtic Yuletide is Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and holiday songs at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Craft market

December 22 - 23, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, food trucks, and DJ music outside Pure Space. Free.

Whale Watching Week

December 27 - 31, 2018
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.

New Year’s concert

December 30 - 31, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles SW
Big Band and Beethoven: New Year’s Celebration features the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Repertory Singers performing Duke Ellington’s cheeky twist on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its Ode to Joy at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

New Year’s Eve restaurants

December 31, 2018
Portland locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve gala

December 31, 2018
(8 p.m.)
0.1 mile south
Count down to 2019 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, 2018
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.

New Year’s Eve - Bollywood #1

December 31, 2018
1.2 miles SW
New Year’s Eve with Anjali has dance music and dance performances with a guest band at the Melody Ballroom for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - Bollywood #2

December 31, 2018
3.1 miles east
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Portland is a DJ dance party with music from India, dance performers, a 10 p.m. dance lesson, and dancing on two floors at the Hawthorne Theater for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve comedy

December 31, 2018
6 miles north
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is four hours of sketch, stand up, improv, and aerial arts plus hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a midnight champagne toast at Curious Comedy Theater.

New Year’s Eve library party

December 31, 2018
9.6 miles SE
Loud in the Library promises “a night of dancing, games, mini golf, ping pong, food, alcohol, and a midnight balloon drop” at Beaverton City Library. Children may attend but are charged the adult price.

Affordable art show

December 2018
0.1 mile east
Browse 5000 pieces of art made by 500 artists, all 8 inches square and priced at $40 cash during the Big 500 Art Show on the second floor of Pioneer Place. Bring a canned food donation for free admission.

Cider festival

December 2018
1.8 miles east
A ticket to Ciderfest gets you five tastes of cider from among 15 local cideries, with live music at the EastBurn.

Diverse holiday concert

December 2018
multiple locations
International Holiday Festival features a choir, an international ensemble, and an orchestra performing the “music of many languages, faiths, and cultures to celebrate and unite our diverse community” one night in Northeast Portland and another in Marylhurst.

South Asian comedy festival

December 2018
6 miles north
Comics from India, Pakistan, Libya, and the U.S. poke fun at American culture (and their own) at Desi Comedy Fest at Curious Comedy Theater.

Christmas ships trolley ride

December 2018
8 miles south
Reserve a seat on the Willamette Shore Trolley in Lake Oswego to see the Christmas Ships Parade.