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45 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season

These 45 events are only a glimpse of what the city has to offer. Hidden in nooks and crannies, or else standing in plain sight, our holiday celebrations are vast, varied and worth our attention. Let this guide be your introduction to the season and enjoy showing your holiday cheer!


Laurie Gilmer
Principal Broker
Think Real Estate

Holiday Events in Portland

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There’s always a lot to do during the Holiday season in Portland. Whether it’s comedy shows, art shows, theater, ballet, SantaCon, other various booze related activities, there’s something for everybody. Here’s a list of different types of things to do for the next couple of weeks.

Stumptown Stages, It’s a wonderful lifeA new musical adaptation of the classic Frank Capra film. This adaptation has won seven 2013 PAMTA Awards.

The Nutcracker by the Oregon Ballet Theater – This one’s a classic, and needs no introduction. As happens every year in Portland, the tickets go fast, so jump on that NOW if you’re interested in going.

Christmas in the Garden at the Oregon Garden – Take a ride on the Holiday Express through the Rediscovery Forest, check out a traditional German Christmas Market, and drink some gluhwein.

Hip Happening Arts and Crafts Holiday Bazaar – 75 local North West artisans selling unique items.

Season’s Drinking Portland PDX Distillery Tour – Take the Portland Short Bus to four different distilleries and try their seasonal spirits.

The Dandy Warhols Holiday Show at Crystal Ballroom – Two days, two venues, Dandy Warhols, holiday things, dinner, yeah check it out.

festiBUS Portland holiday, Christmas Lights Bus Tour – Also by the Portland Short Bus, the festiBUS takes you and twelve others on a ride to the PIR’s Winter Wonderland Lights, and Peacock Lane. Not to mention, three different bars.

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens classic comes to the Portland Stage.

Bag and Baggage It’s a (Somewhat) Wonderful Life - A comical and interesting take of Capra’s classic film. This is a nice way to mix things up around the holidays.

ZooLights – This is a Portland classic, but this year the train wont be running. Don’t be discouraged though, the Portland Zoo is promising to make up for it by making it a more immersive experience.

Posada Milagro at El Centro Milagro – From the Miracle Theater Group comes the story of Mary and Joseph seeking refuge filled with Latin American traditions. This event is a day of fun for the whole family.

SantaCon – This wonderful treat is pretty much always an adult only event. It’s hundred of people dressing up like santa and pub crawling. And it’s a blast.

Finding a Christmas Tree Farm


Thanksgiving is over, which means it is now time to decorate for the remainder of the holidays to come. Everybody celebrates the holidays differently, but if Christmas trees are your flavor, this post is for you.

A lot of people put their trees up the day after Thanksgiving. And a lot of people say they’re going to put their tree up the day after. If you’re amongst the latter group, maybe it’s time to go check out one of Portland’s many tree farms. If you come across a parking lot tree sale, great; if you want a fake tree, awesome. But tree farms can be a lot of fun, especially for kids. So here’s a list of some of the closest tree farms to Portland.

Quail Creek Ranch – This family-run farm is host to more than 20 acres of Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, Grand Firs, Frasier Firs, Nordman Firs, Turkish Firs, and Serbian Spruce Christmas trees.  Quail Creek also offers free coffee, cocoa, and cider. They’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Sauvie Island Farms – This is a third generation farm, owned by the Egger family. Located on, you guessed it, Sauvie Island, they offer a wide range of u-pick items, and from now until December 21st they’re also doing Christmas trees.

Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm – Also locally owned, the Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm offers Nobles, Nordmans, and Grands. They’ve been around for more than 25 years.

Beaverton Holiday U-Cut Tree Farm – U-Cut has been in business since 1978 and they have about 5000 trees on more than 5 acres.

Loch Lolly Christmas Tree Forest – Sitting on 28 acres, Loch Lolly offers both u-cut and pre-cut trees. They’re a little further outside of Portland, but with that much space, they’re probably worth checking out.