Holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season

Are you heading to any holiday events this season? Gather your friends or scoop up the family, grab some 1-Day Passes and enjoy one of these holiday events. From Santaland to the Grotto’s Festival of Lights to ZooLights, there’s an abundance of family fun happening all over town. Let us get you there and back, without the hassles of traffic, parking and gas.

Christmas Ship Parade
December 7-21

2012 marks the 58th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. An average of about about 55 to 60 boats sail between the two rivers.

Photo courtesy of Mark Stalcup
Photo courtesy of Mark Stalcup

Santa on the Bricks
December 7-24

Don’t bother with long lines to visit Santa this year. The day you plan to visit Santa, enter the virtual line via web, text, phone or in person at Santa’s House. You’ll be given an approximate wait time so you’re free to roam. Plan your trip

Tuba Christmas
December 8

Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts more than 225 tubas performing holiday songs. Tuba Christmas has become a Portland tradition and unites our musical community as we celebrate the season. Plan your trip

The Portland Bazaar
December 8-9

From woodworkers, metalsmiths and cutting-edge fashion designers to bakers and chefs, the Portland Bazaar is a curated holiday fair that celebrates the high-quality handmade work being produced by Portland’s creative community. Plan your trip


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Photo by Blaine Truitt CovertGeorge Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Photo by Blaine Truitt CovertGeorge Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert

The Nutcracker
December 8-23

Take a trip into a land where toy soldiers fight rat armies, snowflakes come dancing to life and the sugarplum fairy rule with the wave of a wand. The Nutcracker promises to create memories your family will cherish forever. Plan your trip

The Most Wonderful Season
December 14-16

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus sing music in a rich array from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and the New Year. A treasured Portland tradition for all families. Plan your trip


Photo courtesy of Cesar Pinera
Photo courtesy of Cesar Pinera

Chanukah Menorah Lighting
December 14

Join Director Park and the Chabad of Oregon for this fun community event as they light the candles on the Menorah in observance of the eight days of Chanukah. Free latkes and dreidels for all who join in the festivity!
Plan your trip

Breakfast with Santa
December 15

Join Santa for breakfast at Bridgeport Village. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to charity. Plan your trip

The Lights on Peacock Lane
December 15-31

For many people, going to see the lights on Peacock Lane–Portland’s Christmas Street is a must during the holidays. The lane has been known for some of the most impressive Christmas decorations in Portland since the 1920s. Have you joined in on the tradition yet? Plan your trip


Photo courtesy of Brian Latta
Photo courtesy of Brian Latta

Through December 24

The tradition of visiting Santaland and sitting with Santa as you share your Christmas wishlist continues at the Macy’s store in Downtown Portland. Have you been naughty or have you been nice? Plan your trip

Santa at Clackamas Town Center
Through December 24

Santa has made his way from the North Pole and is ready to greet children of all ages. Be ready with your Christmas list in hand! Plan your trip

Santa at Washington Square Mall
Through December 24

Visit Santa at his holiday lodge. Sit on the jolly man’s lap and get a picture to commemorate the holiday. Plan your trip

Through December 27

Every Thursday this month, enjoy special events in stores and restaurants and live merry music sponsored by Portland Mall Management, Inc. Plan your trip

Festival of Lights at The Grotto
Through December 30

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. With over 500,000 lights, nearly 180 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate for you and your whole family, what’s not to enjoy? Plan your trip


Photo courtesy of Jill Guccini
Photo courtesy of Jill Guccini

Through December 31

More than a million LED lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. If you ride the bus or MAX to the Zoo, you can get $1.50 per person off ZooLights admission.
Plan your trip

Marisa Scheidegger

I’m TriMet’s marketing communications coordinator. I write content for TriMet’s web and social media, and customer-facing print materials.
When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my husband and two incredibly bright and funny kids.

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