It’s the holidays in Portland which means ‘tis the season to be running around like crazy! With a limited amount of time to get all your shopping done, we’re willing to bet you’re feeling just a tad stressed. We get it. But, it’s just like Ferris Bueller said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around every once in awhile, you could miss it.” The same is true for the Holidays. Don’t let holiday joy pass you by this year. You should take time to have some fun at one of the many amazing Rose City events occurring this holiday season. To provide some inspiration, the helper elves at Osprey Luxury Apartments in the South Waterfront have compiled a list of jubilant activities to check out.
Safeway Providence Festival of Trees
*Image from Providence Festival of Trees Portland’s Facebook
Ah yes, the quintessential way to celebrate the holidays in Portland and the Northwest – admiring gorgeous evergreens. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, the Oregon Convention Center will be transformed into a “forest” of brilliantly garnished trees and wreaths. Festival of Trees tickets range from $8 to $10 and are inclusive of exhibits, entertainment, cookies, crafts, and a chat with Santa.
Holiday Ale Festival
*image from Holiday Ale Festival’s Facebook
You don’t always hear that a frosty beverage is a good way to warm up this winter, but with a delicious ale At the Holiday Ale Festival, talented brewers will be serving up bold and delicious holiday ales against the backdrop of grandiose holiday decor. The 21+ event will be held at the Pioneer Courthouse Square from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, and advance 5-day tickets cost $35 for 14 tastes and $100 for 30 tastes.
The Christmas Ships on the Willamette
*image from Christmas Ships
You can’t commemorate the holidays in Portland without including the Willamette in some way. For over six decades, the Christmas Ships have been dazzling PDX-ers with parades of impressively decorated maritime vessels. During the period of Dec. 1 to Dec. 21, thousands of folks will be hitting up spots along the riverbank to watch the stunningly festive processions.
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights
*image from The Grotto’s Facebook
For $11 ($6 kids) and a donation of nonperishable food, the whole family can take part in this quintessential Christmas event that runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 30 at The Grotto. Ticket prices include several different activities:
- Choral concerts performed in The Grotto’s grand chapel
- Plaza entertainment including puppet shows, caroling, and a petting zoo
- A quarter-mile walk through the garden and spectacular displays of lights, decorations, and a life-sized nativity scene
Winter Wonderland Portland
*image from Winter Wonderland Portland’s Facebook
When it’s the holidays in Portland, the “largest light show west of the Mississippi” overtakes Portland International Raceway. Winter Wonderland is an awe-inspiring drive-through light show that occurs Nov. 24 to Dec. 26. Ticket prices vary by night and vehicle type, so make sure to check the website for details.
The Holiday Express Train
*image from The Holiday Express
All aboard the Holiday Express steam locomotive! From now until Dec. 17, Santa and his elves are chugging along the Willamette River and they want you to join. The approximately 45-minute trips begin and end at the Oaks Station and include wintry sights of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Train tickets cost anywhere from $12.50 to $20.50.
*image from JewishPortland.org
Calling all 20- and 30-somethings! You’re invited to relish the holidays in Portland with good food, drinks, music, and dancing. On Dec. 16, the Latke Ball is celebrating Chanukah at Dig A Pony. The night starts at 7:30 with food and drinks, and then menorah lighting and dancing follow at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. The cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
*image from NevehShalom.org
Looking for a cool family-friendly affair? Check out Celebrate Chanukah! at Congregation Neveh Shalom on Dec. 17. It’ll be packed full of activities for the little ones. From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., a glow-in-the-dark room, book reading, and art and baking projects will entertain K-6 kids. Starting at 10 a.m., preschoolers will experience a fun hour of treats, music, dancing, playing dreidel, and art projects.
Chanukah Donuts and Dancing
*image from Chanukah Donuts + Dancing Facebook Event
On Dec. 17, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center will welcome PDX-ers of all ages to enjoy the holidays in Portland with some sufganiot (a.k.a. scrumptious jelly donuts), Israeli folk dancing, dreidel games, and make-your-own decorations activities. The festivities cost only $10 per family and will run from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
From the merry South Waterfront neighborhood, all of us at Osprey Apartments wish you a wonderful holiday season! (P.S. Don’t forget to have fun.)
Just in case you’re wondering, encouraging Portlanders to live a balanced lifestyle is kind of our thing at Osprey. We spend our time and energy ensuring that residents have exactly what they need to thrive. Whether it’s in the comfort of a chic apartment home or in one of our impressively appointed amenities, there’s a perfect space for working, entertaining, exercising, or just unwinding. (Not to mention, it’s also a pretty great place to celebrate the holidays in Portland.)