FALL 2018

Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Updated Regularly to Feature Event Listings)

Salem on Ice
November 17 - January 20

Bring the family to enjoy seasonal outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Salem at the beautiful Riverfront Park.  Join for skating, refreshments and wonderful memories...More 

A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Hobbies and Pastimes
November 19 - December 31

From opera to knitting to beekeeping, this year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas will highlight some familiar and not-so-familiar hobbies and pastimes.  See the Mansion in a whole new light as volunteer decorators creatively transform rooms into a hobbies and pastimes holiday extravaganza...More

November 21 - January 5

It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival.  As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than million and a half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.  In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.  Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be available at the events through December 23 for photos.  There will be local food carts, special warm drinks and live music as well...More 

The Village Green Christmas Market
November 23 - December 23

The Village Green Christmas Market is a festive holiday event in historic Cottage Grove.  Enjoy half a million Christmas lights, artisan market, festive food and drinks, live music, photos with Santa, live reindeer, and more at this charming outdoor festival!...More 

Safeway Winter Wonderland 
November 23 - December 26

Since 1993, a journey through Winter Wonderland has become a Holiday tradition for many families, friends, and social organizations to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season.  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.  Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its origin...More 

The Grotto: Christmas in the Garden
November 23 - December 31

Christmas in the Garden, presented by POWER Kia, is a charming European-inspired event featuring 1 million lights, ice skating, snowless tubing, live music, photos with Santa, fire pits, a vendor market, and more!...More

Christmas in the Garden
November 23 - December 31

Christmas in the Garden, presented by POWER Kia, is a charming European-inspired event featuring 1 million lights, ice skating, snowless tubing, live music, photos with Santa, fire pits, a vendor market, and more!...More  

Nature's Coastal Holiday
November 24 - December 26

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...More

Victorian Christmas in Jacksonville 
November 24 - December 26

Jacksonville, Oregon celebrates the holidays and our past with Victorian Christmas.  The event is a wonderful memory making activity and a cherished tradition.  The town is decorated all in natural greenery with white lights to evoke Christmases past.  Some of the activities include a Christmas tree lighting, community caroling, Shop Small Saturday, trolley rides, holiday tours, Merchant Open House, Holiday Greens Sale, Christmas Parade and much more...More  

Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights
November 25 - January 1

Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights is an annual tradition in Douglas County, drawing 25,000 visitors per year.  Visitors can enjoy over 500,000 lights and 90 animated displays as you drive through this winter wonderland. The world’s largest nutcracker, Herr Woody Winterguard will be there to welcome you, as well as Santa Claus himself. Standing 41 feet tall, the nutcracker is made entirely of wood with a quarter horse engine powering its jaw.  Visitors are also invited to the Holiday Village in Helleck Hall for souvenirs, food and drink...More

Christmas Ships: A Northwest Tradition
November 30 - December 20

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...More   

Winter Pop-Up Market
Dec. 1 - 2, 8 - 9, 15 - 16 & Dec. 22 - 23

Winter Pop-Up Market is just in time for the holidays!  Artisans, Markers and Bakers offering gifts with the personal touch, crafted with love.  Fine art, food, jewelry, fabric art, wine baked goods and more!...More 

Christmas Fantasy Trail
December 1 - 29

Great for all ages!  Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded "Fantasy Trail", decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment.  Be sure to visit their walk through 40-foot castle with Christmas scenes.  Also, walk through a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.  Bonfire nightly!  Refreshments are available...More 

Black Nativity
December 2 - 16

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  

Victorian Christmas at Heceta Head Lighthouse
December 8 - 9 & 15 - 16

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...More

NW Natural Holidays With The Trail Band
December 14 - 16

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   

Bed & Breakfast Holiday Open House
December 15 - 16
(Washington State)

Step into local bed and breakfasts and enjoy the holiday splendor of these local lodgings.  Bed and breakfasts are celebrated for their originality and personality, and this event shows off both.  Stay tuned as participating bed and breakfasts will be announced as the event nears.  Donations of a can of food are requested and will be given to the local food bank.  The Bed & Breakfast Holiday Open House is from Dec. 15 - 16 at various locations in Long Beach...More 

Holidays at the Capitol
December 18 - 22

Held annually, the capitol building is open for holiday lights, the ever-popular train and decor...More

Whale Watching Week: Winter
December 27 - 31

The winter and spring Whale Watch Weeks along the Oregon coast are recognized as some of the best opportunities to view the annual gray whale migration anywhere in the world.  Join us as we watch around 20,000 gray whales swim along our shores!  Volunteers of Whale Watching Spoken Here come from throughout the United States and spread out across 24 sites up and down the Oregon coast to help people see and learn about these magnificent ocean travelers. Last year more than 41,000 visitors were educated by our volunteers in just 13 days!...More

Mt. Hood Skibowl: New Year's Eve Celebration
Monday, December 31

Celebrate the new year with Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. Find activities including music and dancing, night skiing, and of course fireworks...More 

New Year's Day Hangover Run
Tuesday, January 1

Start 2019 off with the annual 3K New Year's race.  Registration is open until the 100 runner limit is met.  Runners over 21 can also participate in their "Beer Mile."  A Beer mile is a drinking game combining running and speed drinking. The event takes place on a 1/4 mile running course...More 

International Cat Show
January 25 - 27

The International Cat Show invites you to experience the international world and variety of CATS.  Real cats.  Unique breeds in diverse styles, shapes, colors and patterns, representing feline beauty from around the world.  Old breeds with histories, to rescues with a story, over 250 cats on display and competing.  Rescue cats and kittens will be available for adoption and rescue groups will also be selling cat related items.  Judges from around the world will be officiating.  Cat lovers will be able to shop for their finicky feline, as a large variety of vendors will be offering cat items not found in local stores, including teasers, beds, blankets, cat trees and treats...More 


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