PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR NOVEMBER 24-27, 2016
AMERICA’S LARGEST CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
FRI-SUN – This colorful Christmas Bazaar has been produced by the same small local company for 33 years. With innovation and creativity, the show has kept pace with today’s consumers throughout its history, offering a great opportunity to buy unique gifts in all price ranges.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES
FRI – Pioneer Courthouse Square: This beloved community tradition will feature a holiday sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini, the NW Community Gospel Choir, Pacific Youth Choir and friends!
Lake Oswego: This extraordinary evening of cheer includes caroling, performances from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School choirs and holiday tunes from Millennium Concert Band.
SAT – Hillsboro: Spend a leisurely Saturday at the winter marketplace in downtown Hillsboro, sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on cookies provided by local businesses. You’ll find crafts made by local artisans, fresh winter produce and live music and entertainment—all of which will culminate in the spectacular tree lighting ceremony in the early evening.
Gresham – Cookie decorating, open houses at local businesses and phone calls to the North Pole are all part of the Spirit of Christmas, a day-long Thanksgiving weekend event in historic downtown Gresham.
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 December 4 – 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.
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.
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.
PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
SAT-SUN through December – 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
THURS – Join in on the fun as every year a few brave folks jump into the icy waters of Klineline Pond!
FESTIVAL OF TREES
FRI-SUN – Live concerts, dance performances, scavenger hunt through the trees, rides on the Loci train engine and the talking tree. The tree lighting itself features a concert by the Vancouver Pops Orchestra, a visit from Santa’s elves and even an appearance by the big man himself.
FRI-SUN – This is a peak at “wine in process.” Winemakers taste their wines periodically to “check-in,” make decisions about blending, and determine whether a wine is ready for bottling. This one weekend a year, we give you a chance to participate in this process. You may or may not like what you taste, but you will learn something!
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
· Bad Santa 2
· Dear Zindagi
· Rules Don’t Apply
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