PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND EVENTS PLANNER
DECEMBER 1-3, 2017
FESTIVAL OF TREES
FRI-SAT – A timeless and ageless tradition for everyone, Providence Festival of Trees will dazzle you with elaborately decorated Christmas trees, mini-trees, wreaths and holiday displays.
HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVAL
Through December 3 – More than 50 potent winter ales are featured at this year’s event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. Held at Pioneer Courthouse Square under a large, heated clear top tent.
SAT-SUN – Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season! An event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm. Enjoy vendors, food, entertainment, games, and more.
UNIWAY HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
SAT – Tours offer a sneak peek into stunning homes, neighborhood trolley rides, and live music…all while supporting Duniway Elementary School.
LEWIS & CLARK CAT SHOW
SAT-SUN – See up to 225 top show cats on display, purebred kittens for sale, rescue cats up for adoption, household pet competition, tons of vendors and much more.
WHITE ALBUM XMAS
Through December 9 – 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.
AMERICA’S LARGEST CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
FRI-SUN – Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family. Your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas, and a beautiful cinematic Nativity.
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.
PORTLAND’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
Through December 3 – Let the glory of Christmas come alive as the three hundred-voice choir creates a Christmas extravaganza for the whole family. Your favorite holiday songs, dancing Santas, and a beautiful cinematic Nativity.
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.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
CHRISTMAS AT THE PARK
FRI – Enjoy a Christmas village wonderland with several characters amidst the park bringing cheer to kids and adults.
SAT – Dinner will be at Main Event Sports Grill from 7-9PM followed by Santa parties until midnight. Underwear and sock donations will be donated to The Share House. Full Santa-themed attire required. No ugly sweaters please.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Through December 16 – Magenta’s December show is the stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film that warms the hearts of families every year at Christmas time.
CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIN
Through December 16 – Find a Christmas tree in a unique way on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad! Along the trip, capture views of the Lewis River atop our hill-side vantage point, then return to Moulton Station. At Moulton Station, enjoy warm cider and cocoa, hot coffee and cookies. Santa has a gift for each child, bring your camera to capture this moment in time.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Through December 16 – Divine Consign will display beautifully decorated trees at their downtown Vancouver location, 904 Main Street. Their event will benefit Clark County non-profit organizations.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Wonder Wheel
· Brotherhood of the Blades 2
· 24 Hours to Live
· Gangster Land
· Big Time
· Drawing Home
Click here for movie times and theaters.
For a monthly online listing of upcoming Portland metro events, click here.