Portland events, festivals, things to do – December 2018

December 2018
best events in Portland

Holiday Ale Festival

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

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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.

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.

Pub crawl dressed as Santa

December 1 & 15, 2018

Portland bars

  • Dec. 1 - The free NoPdxAnticon starts at Paul Bunyan Statue.
  • Dec. 15 - Sign into Facebook to see the $10 Stumptown SantaCon, which starts at Splash Bar.
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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 in the Garden

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

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden offers 600,000 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Year’s Eve restaurants

December 31, 2018

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, 2018

0.1 mile south

Count down to 2018 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 - teenage party

December 31, 2018

9 miles SW

Kids Only (drop off) New Year’s Eve Party includes unlimited laser tag, party games, pizza, soft drinks, and loud music at YNOT Have Fun in Beaverton for age 13+.

New Year’s Eve library party

December 31, 2018

9.6 miles SE

Get Loud at 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 (undated)

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.

Holiday improv

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Spirits festival

December 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music outside Pure Space. Free.

Free holiday concert

December 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles east

The first hour, hear carolers, cuddle kittens and puppies, and visit a no-host bar or a kids’ craft table. At 3 p.m., hear a piano player at Dignity Memorial Holiday Concert at The Evergreen. Free.

Winter ball

December 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles east

Vespertine Winter Ball is a white winter costume ball, with Gothic and industrial music, catered food, performances, a full bar, and a dress code, upstairs at Melody Ballroom (age 21+).

Cat show

December 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles NE

See 200 cats and 40 breeds at Lewis & Clark Cat Show in the DoubleTree Hotel at Lloyd Center.

Cider festival

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer & wood market

December 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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 aerial show

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Diverse holiday concert

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Holiday concert

December 2018 (undated)

3.1 miles NE

Home for the Holidays is an all-ages event promising “local Portland musicians and a diversity of holiday traditions from around the world” with nine music acts and some sing alongs at Central Luthern Church.

Holiday run

December 2018 (undated)

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. Usually sells out.

Holiday cirque show

December 2018 (undated)

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 musical

December 2018 (undated)

5.8 miles south

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

South Asian comedy festival

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Yoga event

December 2018 (undated)

7.1 miles north

Your ticket to Soul Pose includes a yoga mat, a towel, a bracelet, and confetti to toss during a blacklight yoga session at Portland Expo Center. Video.

Wine tasting

December 2018 (undated)

16.2 miles east

Taste wine from six local wineries with appetizers and chocolate at Uncorked, which includes a “wine walk” and a silent auction for charity in Gresham.

Hood River train ride

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Whale Watching Week

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas carols

December 2018 (undated)

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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 Ship Parade

December 2018 (undated)

Portland locations

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

Tuba concert

December 2018 (undated)

0 miles

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

Build a gingerbread house

December 2018 (undated)

0.1 miles south

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 Duniway Hilton.

Christmas musical

December 2018 (undated)

0.2 miles SW

A Christmas Carol: The Musical breathes new life into the classic story about Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Christmas ghosts at Brunish Theatre.

Gospel Christmas

December 2018 (undated)

0.2 miles SW

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

Christmas show

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Handel’s Messiah

December 2018 (undated)

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. (Most years the performance is only two hours on one night.)

Holiday concert

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Nutcracker ballet

December 2018 (undated)

0.6 miles south

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

Christmas concert

December 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles west

Oregon Repertory Singers perform traditional carols with guest choirs during Glory of Christmas at First United Methodist Church.

Christmas trees in Portland

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas at Pittock Mansion

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Gospel Nativity

December 2018 (undated)

3 miles NE

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes retells the classic Nativity story with holiday carols sung gospel style at Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church.

ZooLights

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas play

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Baroque Christmas concert

December 2018 (undated)

4.1 miles NE

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

Beatles circus spectacular

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Celtic Christmas

December 2018 (undated)

4.7 miles NE

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

Christmas at Victorian Belle

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas train

December 2018 (undated)

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 ships party

December 2018 (undated)

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 bazaar

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas ships trolley ride

December 2018 (undated)

8 miles south

Reserve a seat on the Willamette Shore Trolley in Lake Oswego to see the Christmas Ships Parade.

Drive-through light show

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas trees in Vancouver

December 2018 (undated)

9.2 miles north

Walk among decorated trees and model trains at the Festival of Trees at Divine Consign in Vancouver for a donation. Closed Sundays. A free Community Tree Lighting with Santa is three blocks away in Esther Short Park, usually the day after Thanksgiving.

Christmas lights trail

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Free Christmas concert

December 2018 (undated)

13 miles NW

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