PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 2-4, 2016
SAT – Junior League of Portland hosts a gingerbread house decorating event with a large candy buffet and lots of frosting – the best part is that they take care of the mess!
HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVAL
Through SUN – 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.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Beaverton – http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/474/Tree-Lighting
Tualatin – http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/starry-nights-and-holiday-lights
Milwaukie – https://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/citymanager/annual-umbrella-parade-and-tree-lighting
Oregon City – https://downtownoregoncity.org/event-detail/oregon-city-tree-lighting-ceremony/
Alberta Main Street – http://albertamainst.org/whats-happening/lit-up-local/tree-lighting/
SAT – Enjoy shopping with over 100 local art and craft vendors, live entertainment, holiday music, a pancake breakfast and more!
SAT-SUN – Over 200 pedigreed cats (up to 40 breeds) and household pets will gather at the Northwest’s largest CFA cat show to compete for top awards. Guests can visit with exhibitors to learn more about their favorite breeds.
Through December 18
Columbia River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/columbia-river
Willamette River Schedule – http://www.portlandchristmasships.org/schedule/willamette-river
THE HOLIDAY EXPRESS
Through December 18 – 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.
PORTLAND’S SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
Through SUN – Featured art includes the work of painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, woodworkers, glassblowers and more; authors include novelists, poets, photographers and writers of non-fiction.
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.
TONY STARLIGHT SHOWROOM
Fridays through November 26 – Portland’s premiere dinner and show venue and is the closest thing to a Vegas show in Portland. A truly memorable dinner and show experience, one that you will want to share with friends and family.
80’S DANCE CRUISE
SAT – Break out the hammer pants and leg warmers, time warp to the most radical decade and dance to the best of the 80’s with DJ MC or DJ Skippy.
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 11 – 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.
EVERGREEN GIFT MARKET
SAT – A place where holiday shoppers can go to check everyone off their list in a “green” way. (Green might mean upcycled materials, local, handmade, organic, Fair Trade, etc.) With over 60 vendors, you can buy from your neighbors, feel great about the gifts and get all your holiday shopping done in one stop!
CHRISTMAS TEA AT POMEROY FARM
Saturdays through December 17 – 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!
FRI-SUN – Enjoy this holiday tradition brought to you by Vancouver Dance Theatre.
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
· Run the Tide
· Man Down
· The Eyes of my Mother
· The Duelist
Click here for movie times and theatres.
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