PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
DECEMBER 8-10, 2017
CRAFTY WONDERLAND HOLIDAY ART & CRAFT MARKET
SUN – Buy amazing handmade goods from over 250 of the best and brightest handmade vendors from the NW and beyond!
THE GREAT FIGGY PUDDING CAROLING COMPETITION
FRI – A fun and festive caroling competition that will bring a variety of voices to downtown Portland in celebration of the holiday season.
VESPERTINE WINTER BALL
SAT – A white winter formal/costume ball that is elegant, sophisticated, and intimate, while also fostering individual creativity for those that wish to be in costume. Featuring Gothic/Industrial music, professionally catered food, photography and a series of performances that will evoke the theme of this year’s event.
SAT – Fifteen different cideries will be pouring. Entry includes a Ciderfest glass along with 5 cider-tasting tickets. Please consider bringing in an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots that will help local children in need this holiday season!
HOLIDAY HALF MARATHON & 5K
SUN – Get in the holiday spirit, Portland, and treat yourself to the most festive holiday race of the season. With carolers serenading you all along the one-of-a-kind & flat course, you will be delightfully distracted as you wind your way through the streets of North Portland.
FRI-SUN – The region’s premier gospel singers and the Oregon Symphony orchestra will have you on your feet, clapping and shouting, celebrating the true spirit of the season. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience!
INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
FRI-SAT – Join the Portland Chamber Orchestra to celebrate music and unite our diverse community.
SAT-SUN & December 16–17
Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun and exciting holiday aerial production!
FRI-SUN – Eastside Theater Company’s production of Peter Pan features the treasured story of an adventurous but mischievous boy who refuses to grow up.
THE MIRACLE OF A MILLION LIGHTS
Through December 23 – The entire 2.5 acres is filled with more than a million twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas Wonderland! Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 20+ uniquely decorated Christmas trees and elaborate decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms with majestic themes.
Through December 17 – Take a one-hour roundtrip ride along the Willamette River and meet Santa.
WHITE ALBUM XMAS
Through SAT – A holiday circus spectacular, a tribute to The Beatles and an annual reunion of the Cascadian Freak Family.
CHRISTMAS SHIP PARADE
Through December 21 – View up to 60 boats brightly decorated for the holiday season sailing on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. For the Columbia River schedule, click here. For the Willamette River Schedule, click here.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL
Through December 24 – Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Through December 30 – A Playhouse tradition, therefore it’s unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. Hopeful, musical, and above all fun.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Through December 17 – Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
Through January 7 – Walk through dazzling displays of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through December 30 – Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.
Through December 26 – The largest light show in the Northwest spanning the track at Portland International Raceway.
CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through December 31 – A charming European-inspired event featuring ice skating, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, live music and more!
LIGHTING OF MADDOX WOODS
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.
THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN
Through December 28 – Based on the beloved children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, this holiday ride recreates on board the story book tale that is sure to become a family favorite tradition! 75 minute train ride departing from Hood River.
80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!
PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY
EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.
FLASHBACK DANCE CRUISE
Through SAT – Gather your crew & rock your best retro threads from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!
DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH – Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.
ALL MONTH – Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.
GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.
HAUNTED PUB TOUR
All Month – This spine-tingling ghost tour explores Portland’s historic Old Town District, a vibrant area with beautiful 1800’s buildings, cobblestone streets and a wicked past.
GEEKS WHO DRINK PUB QUIZ
ALL MONTH – Anyone can grab a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and run a “trivia night.” Geeks Who Drink’s smartass quizmasters run fast-paced, interactive and beer-soaked pub quiz events all over Portland.
PORTLAND ESCAPE ROOMS
All Month THURS-SUN – Cedar Hills/Beaverton Locations: Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.