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Portland Holiday Events - Holiday Events in Portland Oregon

Portland Holiday Events are a wonderful family tradition!  Holiday events in Portland Oregon range from traditional Christmas concerts, to holiday puppet shows, to Christmas lights in Portland such as the famous Peacock Lane, Zoo Lights, and Christmas Lights at the Grotto.  And of course Portland has the classic annual ballet performance, The Nutcracker.  If you're ready to start your holiday shopping, Portland Holiday Craft Shows and Bazaars can be found throughout Portland starting in November and culminating with the Portland Saturday Market's Festival of the last minute in mid-December.  Portland has something for everyone who wants a little holiday cheer.  

Portland Christmas Tree Lighting

Each year, Portland erects a huge Christmas Tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  On the day after Thanksgiving, Portlanders gather at the Square to celebrate the official start of the season by lighting the spectacular 75ft tree. Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Portland Holiday Tree Lighting Event.   FInd the tree lighting details on our Portland Events Calendar or at

Portland Holiday Events in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Along with the annual tree lighting, Portland kicks off a string of fun family holiday events, such as the Portland Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, then a series of holiday performances and concerts in Pioneer Square ("Portland's Living Room"), such as Tuba Christmas.  View the Events Calendar for more holiday fun in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Portland Tuba Christmas

21st Annual Tuba Christmas Concert Presented by SmartPark | 1:30pm
Downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 200 tubas play in unison for the 21st Annual TubaChristmas Concert in the heart of downtown.  This seasonal performance is FREE for the public to enjoy during one of the busiest shopping days in downtown. For more information click here or to register click here.

Portland Christmas Concerts - Portland Holiday Concerts and Music

 Christmas at the Old Church with Michael Allen Harrison

Michael Allen Harrison presents "Christmas At The Old Church" with Michael Allen Harrison - Buy Tickets | Official Website

Michael Allen Harrison returns for his 21th Annual Concert Series ?Christmas at The Old Church.? Michael will be joined by many friends and family for another memorable evening of the season. Guests include vocal powerhouse Julianne Johnson, rock concert violinist Aaron Meyer, and jazz pianist Tom Grant.

Dates: Dec 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 26 ? 7:30pm; Dec 17 - 2, 5 & 8pm; Dec 18 - 2 & 5pm; Dec 24 - 2, 5 & 8pm.

General Admission Tickets can be bought at or by phone. Preferred seating can only be bought by phone at 503-255-0747. Tickets: $29.50-$46.50. For more information:

Click for More Holiday Events and Music Performances at The Old Church

A Christmas Celebration - Pacific Lutheran University - PLU Christmas

The time for awe inspiring music is coming this November and December.  Please join Pacific Lutheran University's Choir of the West, the University Chorale and members of the University Symphony Orchestra in what has become one of the region's most inspirational Christmas celebrations. Students spend hundreds of hours preparing for the five concerts they perform each holiday season. The following video shows why they devote so much of their time and passion to a truly extraordinary concert series.

Gospel Christmas

Now in its thirteenth season, our holiday tradition continues to delight and inspire. Charles Floyd and the Northwest Community Gospel Choir join the Symphony for three high-energy performances.

Charles Floyd, conductor, Northwest Community Gospel Choir < Special Concert

Subscribe and save – Season Ticket holders save on most Special Concerts.

See all 2011-12 Season Ticket packages

Fri 12/9/11  - 12/11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall BUY TICKETS

A Von Trapp Family Christmas

CLICK FOR TICKETS: Sat Nov 26 | 7:30 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Canadian Tenors Christmas

CLICK FOR TICKETS: Fri Dec 16 | 7:30 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Stumptown Stages presents Ebenezer Ever After

Friday, November 25th -
Saturday, December 24th
$19.25 - $34.25*

Holiday Concert with Julianne Johnson

Home For the Holidays
Friday, December 2nd

Tickets: The PCPA box office, Ticketmaster

Portland's Singing Christmas Tree - 2011


December 1, 2011

December 2, 2011

December 3, 2011
11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm

December 4, 2011
1:30pm, 5:30pm
Tickets available online
or by calling our box office 503-557-8733

>> Purchase Tickets Online >>  

Group pricing available. Group pricing starts at 15 tickets.
Performance takes place at the Keller Auditorium on
3rd and Clay, Portland, Oregon.

Portland Baroque Orchestra - Handel's Messiah

Renowned Dutch virtuoso Jaap ter Linden will perform on both bass members of the viol and violin families in a program spanning almost 100 years.
Though the viola da gamba was already considered old-fashioned in Bach's day, he incorporated two, alongside the violoncello, in his great Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 for low strings. Pre-concert talk one hour prior to each performance.
November 25 and 26, 2011.

Portland Christmas Lights - Portland Holiday Light Displays

Nothing gets you in the mood for the holidays better than the Portland Christmas Lights displays throughout town.  Portland holiday lights are an annual family tradition for many Portland families, such as Portland Zoo Lights and the lights of Peacock Lane.

More Portland Christmas Lights information.


2011 Christmas Ships Parade

2011 marks the 57th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon. Please click on the Willamette or the Columbia Schedule links for complete schedules with route details including viewing locations and times for restaurants, hotels and outdoor viewing. 

The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets.  Both fleets will be out every night for two weeks beginning December 8, 2011 and running nightly through December 20, 2011. The fleet will do a special performance in Camas, WA on Dec. 3rd.  As we are an all volunteer organization, not all the boats make it out every night.

Portland Lights at Peacock Lane - Christmas Lights Display

Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas. 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. Be forewarned: 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. Better yet, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights 2011 Dates: November 25, 2011 through December 30, 2011 (closed Christmas Day)

Our celebration of Christmas begins the day after Thanksgiving with the opening of our most popular event, The Christmas Festival of Lights. With over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate this is a special event for the whole family.

Portland Jubitz Winter Wonderland of Lights

One of the region's favorite holiday traditions, Jubitz Winter Wonderland powered by Comcast, welcomed its 2 millionth visitor shortly after the gates opened Wednesday night at Portland International Raceway.

Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy

Winter wonderland fun is back at Alpenrose Dairy as Storybook Lane reopens once again for the first time in six years.  Portland’s family owned and operated dairy is partnering with 4-H of Multnomah County offering free admission to the SW Portland holiday tradition for families of all ages to enjoy beginning Dec. 2.

Portland Holiday Theater Shows and Events

Portland Holiday Theater and Shows are another great way to celebrate the season.  Whether you are looking for the traditional Christmas Story or something more modern, our amazing Portland Theaters have something for you during the holidays.

Oregon Ballet Theatre Presents A Holiday Revue

Various Composers / Christopher Stowell
Saturday, December 10th -
Thursday, December 22nd
$28.50 - $152.50

Tickets: The PCPA box office, Ticketmaster

Oregon Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / George Balanchine
Saturday, December 10th -
Saturday, December 24th
$26.50 - $136.50

Tickets: The PCPA box office, Ticketmaster

Oregon Symphony Presents Happy Holidays

Kids Series Concert
Sunday, December 18th
$10.00 - $35.00*

Tickets: The PCPA box office


The Polar Express at OMNIMAX

The Polar Express arrives at the OMNIMAX Theater this holiday season. Based on the timeless Caldecott award-winning children's book, the film tells the story of a young boy's extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and his discovery that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Portland Ballet - La Boutique Fantasque

La Boutique Fantasque, TPB's cornerstone, kicks off Portland's vibrant holiday performing arts season with its weekend performances at the Newmark Theatre. In the midst of the Thanksgiving Parades and Pioneer Square Christmas Tree Lighting, the performances feature not only the youth company members but talented students from the academy.

A Christmas Story - Gerding Theater

November 20 — December 24 , On the Main Stage

Portland Holiday Ale Fest

Portland Holiday Ale Festival

More than 40+ breweries will be featured at this year's event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. From Belgians and Barleywines to Porters and Stouts, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. And there will be 12+  Special tappings, and were going to go big this year in celebration of our 16th anniversary! For more information click here.


Portland Holiday Bazaars and Portland Holiday Craft Shows

Portland Christmas Bazaar

Nov 25 - Dec 4, 2011

Welcome to America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar! 

Show hours are Friday Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 10-5. On Friday the 2nd recieve one adult admission free, with 2 cans of food (benefiting the Sunshine Division).

This colorful holiday event has been  produced by the same small local company for 30 years. With innovation and creativity, the show has kept pace with today’s consumers throughout its history, offering a great opportunity to buy unique gifts in all price ranges.

Portland Saturday Market - Artisan Market and Festival of the Last Minute

Holiday Artisan Market - Holiday Shopping just got easier. Portland Saturday Market and Pioneer Courthouse Square host this Holiday Artisan Market. Experience a bit of Saturday Market during the week December 6-9 from 11-6pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square-Portland's Living Room. Discover hundreds of unique items that are handcrafted by the people who sell them. You're sure to find that perfect gift for that special someone.

Oregon Historical Society Holiday Cheer

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Noon – 5 P.M.

Authors signing from Noon – 4 P.M.
$5.00 General Admission

O.H.S. Members and children under 17 free
Kick-off your holiday shopping with us. Meet Oregon authors who will be signing and selling their 2011 books. Find the perfect gift, and get it personally signed and gift wrapped for free.

Hawthorne Holiday Stroll

December 10, 2011 - Saturday - 12 Noon - 7:00 PM All of Hawthorne! (Main tent - 36th & Hawthorne)
All of Hawthorne! (Main tent - 36th & Hawthorne)Window posters will designate participating merchants who will donate a portion of their day's proceeds to FISH Emergency Services, located on Hawthorne but serving those in need throughout SE Portland. Each participating store will further decorate a wreath purchased from Sunnyside Environmental School's fundraiser and give it as a doorprize to a lucky shopper at their store.
Family entertainment is planned at SE 36th and Hawthorne throughout the day and the Bagdad Theater will have short Holiday films from 1 to 4pm.

Give Handmade Sale 2011 - On hiatus until 2012

Handmade NW Holiday Bazaar 2011 - OHSU Heart Research Bazaar

When: Date(s): November 29th & November 30th, 2011
Time(s): 10am to 5:30pm
Center for Health & Healing at OHSU's South Waterfront District
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, OR  97239

Handmade NW is proud to join with the Heart Research Center to bring local artisans to OHSU!
In its fourth year, this event takes place at the beautiful OHSU Center for Health & Healing Atrium in the South Waterfront District. The two-day event rotates artisans from each day, offering shoppers unique items throughout. The Heart Research Center is committed to providing heart health care that nurtures collaborative research and translates into patient treatments.

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Wreath Making Class ~ Nov. 26 & 27 Hours: 11am - 3pm. Join Event Floral as they help you create a fresh, personalized  evergreen wreath to enjoy the whole holiday season.

We hope you enjoyed this list of Holiday Events in Portland Oregon.  Did we miss your favorite Portland Christmas Event?  You can add your own Portland Holiday Events or any other Portland event to our Portland Events Calendar.  Just click +Add an Event, and fill in the details.  Happy holidays, Portland!

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