Get ready for Thanksgiving dinner with a four-mile fun run or walk through Washington Park, ending inside the zoo. The Thanksgiving Day tradition, organized by the Oregon Road Runners Club, is an all-ages family event that raises around $25,000 each year to fund animal care and programs at the zoo. Runners and walkers of all abilities love the 4-mile, untimed outing between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Test Garden. Participants finish inside the zoo, much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike and features three fun kids' events. The Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a family event that has something for everyone. It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Oregon Zoo: 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland. Visit www.oregonzoo.org.
The Polk County Craft Festival is two buildings full of handmade items, wreaths, fudge, ornaments, Disney dress up cloths, wooden signs, cowboy art, honey, baked breads, gluten free snacks and wine barrel cabinets just to name a few items. There are 170 tables of beautiful gift items. Come join us for a great shopping experience. FREE admission, FREE parking and food available onsite...More
2018 Holiday Gift Fair is coming November 23 & November 24. There are lots of fun and unique Christmas gifts to choose from at the Holiday Gift Fair. There will be many things for you to choose from for all of your holiday needs. Find gifts for family and friends or treat yourself to something fun and different that you might not find anywhere else. Choose from new or handcrafted items ranging from soaps, candles, birdhouses, hats, scarves, gloves, jewelry, clothing and much more...More
All are invited to shop at Holiday Market. They'll have vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, gifts and treats. It will be held from Nov. 23 - 25 at the Hilton Hotel: 301 W. 6th St. in Vancouver. Go to www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com.
If you are near the Long Beach Peninsula Thanksgiving weekend, don't miss the 11th annual Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour. On Friday and Saturday (and many on Sunday) the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of November, local makers of art and craft from Oysterville to Ilwaco will open their studios to visitors. It's a perfect event to share with friends and family, and a once a year opportunity to meet some of the locals, talk about their work and start your holiday shopping with unique handmade items...More
The Seaside Artisan Fair offers a cornucopia of more than 70 craftsmen featuring their fine art, crafted beverages and artisan gifts. Santa visits daily and look for the Home Depot craft center on Sunday! New this year on the upper mezzanine of the Seaside Convention Center is a Holiday Distributor Showcase featuring products including LuLaRoe, Avon, and Younique among many others. Note: Due to construction there is no ADA access to the mezzanine...More
Held annually, you'll have a truly unique shopping experience during the holiday season. The show takes place in two large halls at the Expo Center. Hundreds of exhibitors will are selling juried handcrafted items in separate areas and the other half of the show consists of carefully selected, commercial items geared towards holiday shopping. You'll see some of the hottest and most interesting things. America's Largest Christmas Bazaar is from Nov. 23 - 25 and Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 at the Portland Expo Center: 2060 N. Marine Dr. in Portland. Go to expochristmasbazaar.com.
This is the BEST Christmas Light Show on the Southern Oregon Coast. Walk through Azalea Park lit up by over 1.4 million glittering lights. They'll also have holiday music by carolers, a visit by Santa, and refreshments. It will be held from Nov. 24 - Dec. 26 at 640 Old County Rd. in Brookings. Go to naturecoastalholiday.com.
Kick off this holiday season at the 36th annual Safeway Providence Festival of Trees, Portland’s premier holiday event filled with fun for the whole family! Stroll through a magical winter wonderland filled with stunning Christmas trees and displays decorated by local businesses, designers, florists and talented volunteers. You can enjoy a scavenger hunt among the trees, face painting, cookie decorating and a special holiday LEGO display. Be sure to get your photo with Santa (the most affordable in town), visit the Teddy Bear Hospital, and enjoy holiday movie madness on Friday night...More
The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green with some ribbon where tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers. The next year the parade started to grow. Today, The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Things have changed from the first lone ship. Now the displays are brightly lit and can be seen from bank to bank on each river. The Portland tradition packs restaurants along the two rivers. Many reservations are made a year in advance. Christmas Ships is parading for 15 nights, from Nov. 30 - Dec. 20 on particular days and times on the Columbia River and Willamette River. To learn more, their website is www.christmasships.org.
Start off December with a GREAT HOLIDAY TRADITION at the Yamhill County Historical Society's Handmade Holidays Bazaar - Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, Noon - 4 p.m. at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum, located at 11275 SW. Durham Ln., (corner of Hwy. 18 and Durham Ln.) in McMinnville, Oregon 97218. 50+ vendors, Local Artisans, Handmade Pottery, Soaps, Textiles, Jewelry, Wood Carvers, Music, Food, Silent Auction, Decorated Tree Auction. Admission is FREE with a food donation for Yamhill Community Action Partnership, helping those in need this holiday season...More
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, they'll have vendors, traditional food, entertainment, games, and more. It will be held from Dec. 1 - 2 at the Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum: 300 N. Winning Way in Portland. Go to www.nordicnorthwest.org.
PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents its annual holiday production of "Black Nativity" by Langston Hughes, December 2-16. Times are Fri/Sat-7:30 p.m.; Sun-3 p.m.) at Bethel AME Methodist Church, located at 5828 NE 8th Ave. in Portland. Tickets are available online at www.passinart.org. This gospel song play uses a cultural lens to retell the classic holiday Biblical story through inspiring holiday favorites and folk spirituals in a rousing, soul-stirring versions that consistently move audiences from all walks of life...More
Take a look inside seven beautiful homes in the historic Eastmoreland neighborhood at this annual Portland Holiday fixture and fundraiser for Duniway Elementary. Known for its eclectic architecture and leafy avenues, Eastmoreland is one of Portland's best-preserved neighborhoods. This year's tour features houses including a 1925 English-style home and a 5600 sq ft Frank Lloyd-Wright inspired contemporary home. Visitors can get a head start on holiday shopping at Duniway's Holiday Boutique, featuring items from local artists, and take the famous FREE Portland trolley ride on the loop of all seven homes. The Duniway Home Tour is on Friday, Dec. 7. Tour times are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m. Tickets $30 pre-sale, available at the Duniway Home Tour website: duniwayhometour.org.
The Queen Ann style Keeper’s House will be decorated with Victorian flourishes inside and out. Enjoy warm drinks and treats and performances by local musicians. Santa Claus will be there, and there will be a holiday raffle with great prizes from local businesses. Shuttle service will be offered from Heceta Head Lightstation State Scenic Area parking lot to the front door – or bring warm, rainproof clothing and a flashlight and enjoy a beautiful walk up from the parking lot/beach. Victorial Christmas is from Dec. 8 - 9 and 15 - 16 at 92072 Hwy. 101 South in Yachats. Go to www.yachats.org.
A Portland tradition for 25 years, Holidays With The Trail Band takes its final bow at the Aladdin Theater this year. Let The Trail Band get you into the holiday spirit one last time with special guest, Lex Browning, who completes the original band line-up. Purchase tickets early as shows sell out fast! Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that combines rich vocal harmonies with brass, string, and historical instruments. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Children and their mission to support our community's highest-priority youth...More