DECEMBER 2018 EVENTS
Calendar Listing for Oregon and Southwest Washington
(Updated Regularly)

Crab Pot Christmas Tree 
Saturday, December 1
(Washington State)

Enjoy a coastal Christmas celebration along the Port of Ilwaco at the annual Crab Pot Christmas Tree event.  Lighting the one-of-a-kind Crab Pot Christmas Tree starts at 5 p.m. and the public is invited to join the fun.  It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1...More

Philip Foster Farm: Christmas in the Country
Saturday, December 1

This FREE event is a gift to you by Philip Foster Farm!  Meet with Santa in the parlor, enjoy some pioneer hospitality, traditional music, and get your Christmas tree during your visit!   They encourage you to head to their store for an interesting variety of books, toys, games, and crafts...More

9th Annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar
December 1 - 2

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 

ScanFair
December 1 - 2

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...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 

Christmas Along the Barlow Trail
Sunday, December 2

This is a FREE celebration held on Mount Hood that features two event.  "Pioneer Spirits Along Mount Hood's Oregon Trail" will be a special feature this year.  Situated in the various historical buildings on the property, re-enactors, dressed in period clothing, will allow visitors to listen in on the conversations that would have taken place back in time, interpreting this Winter holiday as it was in our past.  They'll also have Christmas caroling, Native American music, holiday items for sale, storytelling, Christmas goods and hot drinks...More 

Reindeer Block Party in Uptown Village
Sunday, December 2

This is a FREE event for the whole family to reindeers Comet and Vixen, photos with Santa, live music, FREE crafts and local craft vendors...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)...More 

Christmas at the Park
Friday, December 7
(Southwest Washington)

Join us for this FREE event which includes pictures with Santa, hot chocolate and coffee, a giving tree, ornament making for the kids as well as cookie decorating!  Also, this year we are giving away 300 Christmas trees!  First come first served!  We hope to see you there!...More 

Dallas Winterfest
Friday, December 7

The Dallas Area Visitors Center is proud to host Dallas' annual Winterfest celebration.  This annual event draw 2,000+ community members.  Join along to kick off the holiday season on the beautiful Polk County Courhouse lawn with Santa, tree lighting, food trucks, Christmas vendors, live music, hot cocoa, cookies and more!  This year, they will be celebrating a good ol' fashioned holiday season, complete with a "sing-along"...More

Duniway Home Tour 40th Anniversary
Friday, December 7

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...More

Hood River Holidays
Friday, December 7

You can shop, eat, drink and be merry at this event.  Avoid the crowded malls and do your holiday shopping in Hood River’s charming downtown.  Enjoy fantastic food, wine tasting, theater performances and more throughout the holiday season...More 

Estacada Winter Artisans Show and Sale
December 7 - 8

This show exhibits the Estacada area's excellence in fine arts, folk art, craft and quality handmade works. Produced by the Estacada Area Arts Commission, this event highlights local artisans and is a great chance to shop local for the holidays.  They'll also have troubadors, high school carolers, music, a local winery's selection and art raffles every hour...More 

Salem Holiday Market
December 7 - 9

The Salem Holiday Market is the largest handmade and handcrafted gift show in the Willamette Valley.  The special event includes wine tasting, light hors d' oeuvres and early shopping specials...More

Enterprise Winterfest Celebration
Saturday, December 8

As good as small town gets, this all day winter festival is in downtown Enterprise.  Shop for that perfect gift at one of our fabulous shops or check out the special 2 day Wonderland Pop Up artisan market.  Santa will be there for photos, carolers are out and about in the streets, roast chestnuts on one of the many burn barrels on the streets to keep you cozy and warm, sing Christmas karaoke, feast on the fireman's chili feed, ice skate with family in the city park, let the kids run wild on the North Pole Barrel Train Ride, and to end it all - witness a beautiful lighted winter parade...More  

Keizer Holiday Lights Parade
Saturday, December 8

Join Keizer and hundreds of surrounding community residents as we celebrate the holiday season.  River Road will be lit with many colorful, festival and joyful floats decorated to the 2018 theme Christmas in Candyland...More 

SantaCon
Saturday, December 8
(Southwest Washington)

Santacon dinner will be at Main Event Sports Grill from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by Santa parties until midnight. Underwear and sock donations will be donated to The Share House.  Full Santa-themed attire required - no ugly sweaters please.  The Vancouver SantaCon mascot Krampus will accept the cash donations and donations for photos with Krampus to benefit Share...More

Christmas in Coburg
December 8 - 9

Enjoy a weekend of family fun and annual traditions in downtown Coburg.  Activities include Breakfast with Santa, the Light Parade with a lit-float competition and horse and carriage rides.  FREE chili and a bonfire courtesy of the Coburg Grange follow the parade, along with a community sing-along and tree lighting celebration.  This event brings together the three neighboring communities of Junction City, Harrisburg and Coburg.  Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 celebration!...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

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...More 

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...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   

The Christmas Revels:
Highland Vogage, A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
December 14 - 22

Now in its twenty fourth year, Portland Revels, Christmas Revels, Celebration of the Winter Solstice is a must see Portland Holiday Tradition!  This year’s production, Highland Voyage, travels to Scotland with a story of three fools on a quest to put the sun, moon, and stars back into the sky. It is a warm celebration with all of the favorite Revels traditions including the Abotts Bromley Horn Dance, a Mummer’s Play, audience sing-alongs and more!  Full of wonder, magic, music, and laughter...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...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 

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...More 

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
December 6 - 30

The beloved holiday staple comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast with the story of George Bailey. George grew up in picturesque Bedford Falls, but dreams of leaving the small town behind to see the world. Obligations and unforeseen circumstances get in the way of his aspirations and he is tied to his hometown forever as he takes over the Building & Loan from his father and his uncle. When a terrible mistake leaves George on the verge of disaster, he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve until he meets a fateful friend named Clarence. Made complete by your favorite local talent and an onstage Foley artist, "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" is a fun, heartwarming delight for the whole family.  Arrive early for a special pre-show holiday musical featuring cast members!...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

Magic at the Mill
December 19 - 23

Magic is in the air!  Watch history come to life with children’s activities, heritage tours, and blacksmith and textile arts demonstrations.  Thousands of twinkling lights and holiday cheer will brighten winter nights at the Willamette Heritage Center during our annual winter festival Magic at the Mill. Magic at the Mill is a long-time cherished seasonal festival that celebrates connecting generations and interpreting Mid-Willamette Valley history.  Located on the beautiful 5-acre Willamette Heritage Center campus, Magic at the Mill provides stunning sights, a holiday market for shopping, and family-friendly fun.  Guests of all ages are invited to explore their scenery and historic buildings decorated with exciting holiday lights...More 

A Christmas Story: The Musical
December 20 - 23

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, "A Christmas Story" (which is based on the movie of the same name) follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.  All the iconic scenes from the movie are here, joined by a delightfully versatile score that ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers.  "A Christmas Story, The Musical" will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t...More

Baroque Holiday Concert
Friday, December 21

Celebrate the holiday season with a classic night of beautiful music at this annual concert.  The Bach Cantata Choir and orchestra will be performing.  Proceeds from this concert support the choir in providing FREE public concerts through the 2018 - 2019 season...More

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...More 

Festival Chorale: Sing We Now of Christmas
Sunday, December 23

Celebrate the Holiday Season with traditional carols performed by a select ensemble, the Festival Chorale Oregon carolers, dressed in Victorian costume.  Enjoy audience sing-along carols and a special story for children, with familiar Christmas songs you remember from bygone years.  Saint Nicholas will be in the lobby for FREE photo opportunities, and each guest receives a treat bag.  This event has become a beloved family tradition for many, a lovely time for smiling and setting stress aside...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

Clackamas River Winter Steelhead Workshop
Saturday, December 29

Want to learn how to catch winter steelhead on the Clackamas River?  Water Time Outfitters offers a special workshop just for you!  These workshops are designed to get walk in fly anglers comfortable with a variety of spots and techniques that will put them into fish and it includes a hot lunch!  Start with coffee and donuts and review maps of at least a dozen steelhead runs within driving/walking distance including the guides' personal favorites.  Then grab some gear and head to the water.  Tour the Clackamas River's sweetest fishing spots with public access. Get fishing as experienced guides show you fishing techniques, strategy, fly selection and more...More 

Big Band and Beethoven: New Year's Celebration
December 30 - 31

What finer way to ring in the New Year than with Duke Ellington’s delightfully cheeky twist on Tchaikovsky’s classic, followed by Beethoven’s "Ninth Symphony" and its glorious "Ode to Joy"?  A little bit smart, a little bit sassy, thoroughly exhilarating.  The special concert is presented by the Oregon Symphony...More  

Champagne Ball
Monday, December 31

This is Portland's most famous New Year's Eve party.  As an upscale event, this is an opportunity to dress up, dance and have fun!  Tickets include access to an awesome band, three DJs, four individually themed party rooms, 17 bars, food, party favors and a video countdown on three dance floors.  They'll also provide food, party favors and more!...More

McMenamins' New Year's Eve  
Monday, December 31

Ring in the New Year at a McMenamins'.  At their establishments throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, they will be offering entertainment, food and drink on Monday, Dec. 31...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 

The Governor's Ball
Monday, December 31

The Governor's Ball came to fruition to fulfill a need for a more high end and discerning premiere clientele.  With its vaulted ceilings experience, the most beautiful hotel in the city with a 3-course dinner by Jakes included with every reserved ticket.  Come to the truly premiere experience with your date for a next level experience, or, just come later after 10 dance party ticket with a group for dancing.  No cheap or cold buffets.  No poor service...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...More

The Oregon Garden Resort: New Year's Eve Party
December 31 - January 1

The Oregon Garden Resort is hosting a New Year's Eve celebration with live music in the Fireside Lounge and two themed overnight packages that will appeal to both couples and families!...More 



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