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Friday - Monday
November 21st - January 1
You now have an excuse to drive the family an hour east to board a train that transports travelers from the Columbia River Gorge’s foremost drinking town, through the winter wonderland of Mount Hood’s northern slope, and up to Parkdale. It’s the closest thing we’ll ever get to a Polar Express experience, only this one involves craft breweries at both ends of the journey if you so choose to include them. On second thought, maybe leave the kids behind.
Cost: $37-$65 for children 2-12, $47-85 for adults, depending on cabin selection
Friday - Saturday
November 24 - December 30
Though it’s technically a Catholic sanctuary that famously disallowed Portland Public Schools choirs from singing secular holiday songs during its annual Christmas Festival of Lights, it’s still a magical experience regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof. Just pretend you’re at a wedding and ignore the proceedings like you always do, right?
Cost: $6 for children 3-12, $10 for seniors 65+ and military, $11 for adults
Friday - Sunday
November 21- December 31
OREGON GARDEN (SILVERTON)
Head down to the Oregon Garden in Silverton for ice skating, artisanal holiday goods, Christmas karaoke and enough mulled wine and beer from Salem’s Gilgamesh Brewing to make it fun.
Cost: $3-$45 depending on activities
Friday - Tuesday
November 24 - December 26
Not quite as epic as it’s infamous NY-based brethren, Portland’s SantaCon is still one hell of a fine excuse to throw on a Santa suit, get tipsy and dance your weekend away at a handful of Pearl District and Old Town bars and clubs.
Cost: $10 (but bring more money for drinks)
This free event for families with children aged 0-12 will surely get you in the festive spirit. It’s also a great opportunity to learn how to create a menorah, make sufganiyot, or how to play dreidel. There will be dancing and singing, story time, and a play area.
December 12 - 19
Want to observe the holiday in an expedient manner? You’ll easily make it home in time for dinner and baby bedtimes with Chabad of Oregon’s five minute menorah lighting at Director Park. This free event, now in it’s 34th year, takes place every night December 12 through 19 from exactly 5:30-5:35 pm. Want to celebrate a little longer? Join the First Night Celebration, which features music, food and children’s crafts from 4:30-6 pm.
Where To Ring In The New Year
2018 New Year’s Eve Celebration @ Bare Bones Cafe! | No Cover & Free Champagne Toast at Midnight!
DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid’s 2018 New Year’s Eve Dance Party Extravaganza @ Melody Ballroom | w/ Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Savila & Dholi
Portland New Year’s Eve 2017-2018 Celebration w/ The Motet @ Revolution Hall | 7-Piece Funk Powerhouse, The Future of Funk, Soul (Win Tickets, $80+)
New Year’s Eve w/ Fruition & The Lil’ Smokies @ Crystal Ballroom | Champagne Toast, Soul, Blues, British Invasion, Bluegrass, Stringband (Win Tickets, $70)
Midnite New Year’s Eve @ Pure Space in Portland’s Pearl District | Featuring SKAM Artist DJs Fergie DJ, DJ Christyle, Light Show, Projection Clock & More!
New Year’s Eve 2018 @ Dig A Pony DJ – Dance Hard, Kiss Soft NYE w/ Maxx Bass, Lamar & Special Guests
Ring in 2018 at Portland’s Most Famous New Year’s Eve Party Champagne Ball in Downtown! | 17 Bars, 3 Dance Floors, Black Tie, Toast & Count
Holiday Tea @ Pix Patisserie | Formal & Fun, All Inclusive Menu, Sweet & Savory Snacks
Celebrate 2018 w/ Pix Patisserie’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Chocolate Buffet | Mousse, Cake, Meringue, Beer & More!
Barrel Room Presents Old Town Portland’s Largest New Year’s Eve 2018 Celebration! | Champagne Toast, Two Stages, DJs, Dueling Pianos w/ Liz Fohl and Steven Ramirez
Tony’s AM Gold Seventies Soft Rockin’ 2017 / 2018 Portland New Years Eve @ Tony Starlight Showroom | Featuring Hits from Elton John, Neil Diamond, Carol King & More!
Cruise into 2018 w/ Portland Spirit’s New Year’s Eve Party! | Champagne Toast, Live Music w/ The Bylines & The Doc Watson Jazz Trio, Snacks & More!
New Years Eve Celebration @ Goodfoot Pub & Lounge | The Quick & Easy Boys (downstairs), Soul Stew DJs (upstairs)
The Dinner Detective in Downtown Portland | Largest Murder Mystery Dinner Show In The U.S., Saturdays, Everyone’s Suspect