Portland events calendar for December 2017. Festivals, fun things to do, Christmas events, Christmas lights, Christmas ships, New Year’s Eve parties in Portland, OR.

Best events for 12 months

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

Miles are from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Holiday home tour

December 1, 2017

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 1, 2017

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 1 - 2, 2017

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.

Holiday Ale Festival

December 1 - 3, 2017 (begins Nov. 29)

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.

Nativities in Beaverton

December 1 - 3, 2017

6.2 miles SW

See 400 nativity dioramas on display, and hear choirs and Christmas music at A Festival of Nativities and Carols at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Free.

Christmas bazaar

December 1 - 3, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

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.

Beatles circus spectacular

December 1 - 9, 2017 (begins Nov. 30)

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 trees in Vancouver

December 1 - 16, 2017 (begin Nov. 4)

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 on Nov. 24.

Christmas Ship Parade

December 1 - 21, 2017

Portland locations

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

Drive-through light show

December 1 - 26, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

8 miles north

Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. Closed Nov. 27.

Hood River train ride

December 1 - 28, 2017 (also Nov.)

63 miles east

Take a 75-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.

Movies before censorship

December 1 - 30, 2017 (begins Nov. 18)

0.3 miles SW

See films that honestly addressed social issues and moral codes before Draconian censorship was enforced beginning in July 1934 in the series Pre-Code Cinema: Classics and Rarities at the Portland Art Museum.

Lights at The Grotto

December 1 - 30, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

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

Dec. 1 - 31, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m. Nov 18+)

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, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

43 miles south

Christmas in the Garden features 600,000 lights, festive music, warm fires, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa at Oregon Garden in Silverton. See schedule. Closed Nov. 27, 28; Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 24, 25.


Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018 (Nov. 24+)

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, and Jan. 1-4.

Build a gingerbread house

December 2, 2017

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 Hilton Portland.

Beer & wood market

December 2, 2017

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.

Scandinavian fair

December 2 - 3, 2017

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 2 - 3, 2017

1.8 miles NE

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

Pub crawl dressed as Santa

December 2 & 16, 2017

Portland bars

Christmas train

December 2 - 17, 2017 (starts Nov. 24)

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 play

December 2 - 30, 2017

3.5 miles NE

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

Christmas fantasy trail

December 2 - 30, 2017

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.

Holiday bazaar

December 3, 2017 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

4 miles NE

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

Free Christmas concert

December 3, 2017

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 3, 8, 10, 2017

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.

Free Christmas concert

December 6, 2017

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.

Christmas ships trolley ride

December 6 - 20, 2017

8 miles south

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

Heartwarming play

December 7 - 15, 2017

8.7 miles north

Based on the classic film starring Jimmy Stewart, It’s a Wonderful Life demonstrates how one man’s life matters because it touches so many other people, live onstage at Magenta Theater in Vancouver, WA.

Discount tickets $11.

Christmas carols

December 8, 2017 (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.

Diverse holiday concert

December 8 - 9, 2017

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” on Dec. 8 in Northeast Portland and Dec. 9 in Marylhurst.

Gospel Christmas

December 8 - 10, 2017

0.2 miles SW

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

Beer festival

December 8 - 10, 2017

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 8 - 11, 2017

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 11).

Tuba concert

December 9, 2017 (1:30 to 3 p.m.)

0 miles

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

Winter ball

December 9, 2017 (9 p.m.)

1.2 miles east

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

Cider festival

December 9, 2017 (4 to 10 p.m.)

1.8 miles east

Taste local hard cider and hear live music during Ciderfest at the EastBurn.

Wine tasting

December 9, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

16.2 miles east

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

Holiday aerial show

December 9 - 17, 2017

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.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

December 9 - 17, 2017

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 $20 to $39.

Christmas at the mansion

December 9 - 23, 2017

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.

Holiday run

December 10, 2017

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life: radio play

December 11 - 12, 2017

4.7 miles NE

It’s a Wonderful Life recreates a live radio play, based on the popular movie about a man seeking purpose in life at Alberta Rose Theatre.

Discount tickets $10.

Christmas in Vancouver

Dec. 14 - 23, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

Winterville features student choirs, wine tasting, food and craft vendors, children’s craft making, and free photos with Santa for children at Esther Short Park in Vancouver WA, plus tours of decorated Slocum House.

Christmas show

December 15 - 23, 2017

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.

Christmas neighborhood

December 15 - 31, 2017

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.

Christmas ships party

December 16, 2017 (4:30 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.

Spirits festival

December 16 - 17, 2017

0.7 miles NE

Buy signature cocktails from the makers of local crafted spirits and hear live music at Holiday Spiritsfest and then shop the Saturday Market.

Baroque Christmas concert

December 22, 2017 (7 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 22, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

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

Craft market

December 22 - 23, 2017

1.2 miles NW

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

Fun basketball show

December 27, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $44.

Whale Watching Week

December 27 - 31, 2017

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.

New Year’s concert

December 30 - 31, 2017

0.2 miles SW

Pink Martini New Year’s Extravaganza includes the Oregon Symphony performing Beethoven’s Ninth at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

New Year’s Eve dusk-to-dawn

December 31, 2017

Portland locations

McMenamins’ New Year’s Eve Packages include dinner, party, champagne, hotel room, and breakfast at various locations. [Anderson School & Olympic Club are in the state of Washington.]

New Year’s Eve restaurants

December 31, 2017

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, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.1 mile south

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

New Year’s dance party

December 31, 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 are welcome on Jan. 1 at The Breathe Building.

New Year’s Eve - Governor’s Ball

December 31, 2017

0.3 miles west

A ticket to The Governor’s Ball includes reserved seating (7 p.m.), a three-course 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, 2017

0.5 mile SE

Ring in the New Year at First Run with a party at 10 p.m. followed by three races at midnight (10K run, 5K run/walk, and 1.5 mile run/walk) from World Trade Center Plaza.

Bollywood New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2017

3.1 miles east

Jai Ho! Bollywood New Year’s Eve is a DJ dance party with a dance lesson, dance performances, and Indian food for sale at Hawthorne Theater for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve comedy

December 31, 2017

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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