WINTER 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

ZooLights
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  

The Train to Christmas Town
November 24 - December 16

The Train to Christmas Town captures the spirit of the season with its warmth and charm.  Your family will love it!  You’ll be greeted by our cheery staff and directed to gather your ticket before the conductor calls “All aboard!  The music begins as we depart the station and you’ll be clapping along and motioning pulling on a train whistle “Whoo-whoo” along to our peppy theme song “Takin’ the Train to Christmas Town” (download the song for FREE now from our website to get the family pumped!). Elves will be dancing in the aisles leading sing-alongs with other favorite Christmas songs.  All our guests will enjoy other activities and games on board as they interact with the cast and crew.  Before you know it we’ll be arriving at Christmas Town so gather together to share the views from the window of the magical lighted town.  Wave to Santa and his elves before they climb aboard to greet each boy and girl and present them with a special gift.  It will be held from Nov. 24 - Dec. 16 at 110 Railroad St. in Hood River.  To learn more, go online to www.mthoodrr.com

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

The Second City: "Twist Your Dickens"
November 27 - December 23
(Non-Annual)

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

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  

Christmas Ships Parade
December 5 - 20
(Southwest Washington)

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

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

Christmas at The Old Church
December 12 - 26

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.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Pub Crawl
Saturday, December 15
(Southwest Washington)

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

Magenta Rocks! Christmas Choir Concert
December 13 - 15

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.

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   

McMinnville Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 15

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.  

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 

Lights on Peacock Lane
December 15 - 31

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

Holidays at the Capitol
December 18 - 22

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

Mt. Bachelor's 60th Anniversary Party
Wednesday, December 19
(Non-Annual)

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: The Nutcracker
December 21 - 24
(Southwest Washington)

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

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 

Vancouver's New Year's Eve - A Night in Black & White
Monday, December 31
(Southwest Washington)

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.   

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 

Mt. Hood Skibowl: Rail Jam Series
Friday, January 4

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.

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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