It's like a mall for geeks! If you're looking for "that" special thing--or things--to complement your geeky lifestyle, there is simply no better place to shop; everything for sale at GeekCraft Expo is incredibly unique, limited in quantity (i.e. NOT mass produced—this stuff is all made by hand) and TOTALLY NERDY! For kids (and adults) who are into superheroes, gaming and/or geeky things in general, GeekCraft Expo is the perfect day out….because superheroes, gaming and/or geeky things in general is what GeekCraft Expo IS, wall to wall! Cosplay is highly encouraged (get one more use out of that Halloween costume!) and, as always, ADMISSION IS COMPLETELY FREE! It will be held from May 12 - 13 at the Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Portland. Go to www.geekcraftexpo.com.
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. It will be held from Nov. 19 - Dec. 31 at 3229 NW. Pittock Dr. in Portland. To learn more, visit pittockmansion.org.
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 Festival of Lights
November 23 - December 30
Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features more than 190 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest. Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live petting zoo. Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop. It will be held from Nov. 23 - Dec. 30 at 8840 NE. Skidmore St. in Portland. Go online to thegrotto.org.
Oregon Garden: 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! The annual event is from Nov. 23 - Dec. 31 at the Oregon Garden Resort: 895 West Main St. in Silverton. Go online to christmasinthegarden.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