PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 16-18, 2016
CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL
Through December 30 – Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail,” decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment.
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 honoring the turn of the seasons and the Solstice.
SAT – It’s the moving costume dance party with thousands of Santas, reindeer, snowflakes and more! Open street party in “Portland’s Livingroom” with live DJ’s, food carts and more. Costumes are required!
A CIRCUS CAROL
FRI-SUN – The Annual Circus Carol show blends world-class circus arts, musical theater, and world-chamber arrangements of favorite holiday songs by 3 Leg Torso.
TONY STARLIGHT CHRISTMAS
SUN – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. It’s a Tony Starlight Christmas brings back classic holiday TV shows and traditions and puts a fresh, comedic spin on them.
Columbia River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/columbia-river
Willamette River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/willamette-river
THE HOLIDAY EXPRESS
Through SUN – Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad.
Through December 23 – The Polar Express story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the North Pole.
Through January 1 – A dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.
CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through January 1 – An award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through December 30 – 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 25 – Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle.
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
Through December 23 – Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.
PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
SAT-SUN through December 24 – The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them in Old Town.
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.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
REINDEER VILLAGE NW
Through December 21 – Experience quality family time with your children or friends without hundreds of people to navigate. More than just a visual experience, Reindeer Village NW is the place for families to celebrate the Holiday Season.
CHRISTMAS TEA AT POMEROY FARM
SAT – Enjoy a festive tea luncheon featuring three types of sandwiches, assorted desserts, scones, and of course, tea! After your relaxing meal, enjoy a tour through our historic log house, decked out for the holidays!
OPEN SATURDAYS AT PEARSON AIRBASE
EVERY SAT – Free educational experience, Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
· Collateral Beauty
· Manchester by the Sea
· La La Land
· A Kind of Murder
· The Hollow Point
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