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
Riffing on parodies of A Christmas Carol and nearly every other holiday tradition, our uproarious troupe of talented improv performers will have you rolling in the aisles and screaming ba-humbug for more. Created by the legendary titans of comedy, The Second City, this irreverent and riotously funny show is updated every year — so come back for your favorite jokes and revel in the new surprises! It will be held from Nov. 27 - Dec. 23 at the Portland Armory: 128 NW. 11th Ave. in Portland. Go online to do503.com.
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 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
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
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
View the annual Christmas Ships Parade from the new Vancouver Waterfront this December! Take a stroll along the Waterfront Renaissance Trail or make reservations at a waterfront restaurant (WildFin American Grill, Twigs Bistro, Beaches Restaurant, McMenamins on the Columbia, Warehouse '23, Who Song and Larry's, or Joe's Crab Shack). The procession is from Dec. 5 - 20. Depending on what route they are on, the ships should float by the Vancouver Waterfront around 7:30-8 p.m. For more information, go to www.christmasships.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...More
A special heart-warming holiday concert series featuring Michael and his musical family, including the fabulous vocals of Julianne Johnson and many spectacular special guests. Relish the warmth and magic of the holiday season at The Old Church. Highlighting the best of talent in the Northwest, the 28th Anniversary Christmas at the Old Church concert series is not to be missed. Performances are from Dec. 12 - 26 at the Old Church Concert Hall: 1422 SW. 11th Ave. in Portland. Visit www.michaelallenharrison.com.
This is a FREE event for adult, 21 and older. It's an opportunity to celebrate the season by showing up at participating businesses in your favorite ugly holiday sweater to receive drink specials and have some fun while pub crawling. No signups, just show up at one of the locations, get your free map, and choose your route. All locations are within walking distance, and you can win prizes along the way! The Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl is on Saturday, Dec. 15 along Main St. in Uptown Vancouver, from 4 - 9 p.m. Go online to www.uptownvillage.com.
Hosted by Magenta Theater, this is a 90-minute family-friendly line-up of festive music featuring modern medleys, Christmas classics, and a visit with Santa at intermission. Performances are from Dec. 13 - 15 at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Visit www.magentatheater.com.
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
Every season is perfect on 3rd Street, but there’s something extra special about the holiday season. Maybe it’s the idea of shopping entirely local for holiday gifts, sipping on hot cocoa as you admire the beautifully crafted wreaths on business’ storefronts or maybe it’s the magical twinkly lights strung up and down Third Street. Whatever it is, you’re invited to come downtown for McMinnville’s annual Holiday Stroll to experience it for yourself. Celebrate and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in McMinnville. The event is on Saturday, Dec. 15. Go online to visitmcminnville.com.
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
Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty. This is a very popular Portland tradition and the crowds can get quite thick. It is wise to park several blocks away and walk, rather than drive through the area. Come see the lights on Peacock Lane and you’ll find nothing but good, old-fashioned holiday spirit. Take a tour from Dec. 15 - 31 that is located between SE. Stark St. and Belmont St. and one block east of SE. 39th in Portland. Lights begin at 6 p.m. Go to www.peacocklane.org.
Held annually, the capitol building is open for holiday lights, the ever-popular train and decor...More
Mt. Bachelor is celebrating their 60th Birthday, and want you to be a part of the celebration! In their 60th year open, they want to reminisce on the past while looking towards the future, and all of the exciting things to come for Mt. Bachelor. To honor their lift ticket prices from 1958, they'll will be offering $3 lift tickets to ride our oldest lift on the mountain, Red Chair. All Red Chair ticket purchases will be donated to Protect Our Winters, and you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win some great prizes later in the afternoon! Make sure to swing into West Village Lodge to get some deliciously inexpensive food items to replicate what their prices were like when they opened in 1958. They'll also have some great old school drink specials going on at Clearing Rock Bar. They'll be popping bottles at 3 p.m. for a toast and some birthday cake. You won't want to miss this! The celebration is on Wednesday Dec. 19 at 13000 SW. Century Dr. in Bend. Visit www.mtbachelor.com.
Columbia Dance brings its most joyous holiday gift with its wonder-filled production of the “The Nutcracker.” A cast of over 90 local dancers present the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a thrilling journey through the Land of Snow into the Kingdom of Sweets. Mischievous mice, toy soldiers and sugarplum fairies dance to stunning choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. Performances are from Dec. 21 - 24 at the Royal Durst Theatre, VSAA: 3101 Main St. in Vancouver. Go to columbiadance.org.
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
Celebrate the new year with Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. Find activities including music and dancing, night skiing, and of course fireworks...More
Vancouver’s NYE: A Night in Black and White welcomes "America's Favorite Houseguest" Kato Kaelin to help us ring in the New Year as our special guest host. Join The Nu Wavers with guest performers Shawn Lewis and Natasha Neuschwander formerly of Beat Frequency (“The Voice”) and more! The Aerial Muse Collective featuring Rebecca Palmer will thrill, chill and electrify you with their air defying acrobatics. Nicole DeCosta (Portland’s CW) returns as our Mistress of Ceremonies! Our house DJ will keep the dance floor groovin’! VIP Photobooth will have a photo memory for you to take home for all guests! This is a 21 year old and over event. It will be held on Monday, Dec. 31 at Warehouse '23: 100 Columbia St. #102 in Vancouver. Visit their Facebook page for more.
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
Join their Friday night Rail Jam that will feature a custom course designed by the park's crew. They plan on having between 5 to 8 features set up. The event is sponsored by Hillcrest Ski & Sport and Kind, so the prizes will be killer. Registration is from 5 - 7 p.m. and the competition is until 10 p.m. at Mt. Hood Skibowl: 87000 U.S. 26 in Government Camp. Go to www.skibowl.com.
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