If you’ll be in Portland this holiday season, there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate. This great coastal city has it own way of spreading holiday cheer. Costumes come out and decorations are strung as thousands of locals gather to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Here are just some of the ways to join in the fun.
Hosted by the Junior League of Portland, this massive decorating party is quickly becoming a holiday tradition for hundreds of loyal attendees. They provide all of the candy and frosting, so you can get creative without worrying about the mess. Take your creation home and enjoy a delicious holiday treat.
Festival of Lights
For just 10 dollars, you can experience the ultimate holiday celebration. Choirs, light sculptures, a petting zoo, puppet shows and a hot chocolate bar are just some of the reasons to swing by. It’s a massive parade of all things Christmas.
Ugly Sweater Dash
The name says it all. You can join hundreds of Portland residents in your most hideous holiday sweater. More than just a tacky night out, the event raises money and food for the West Linn Food Pantry.
All along the coast of Washington and Oregon, whale watching groups head out to watch the annual migration of the grey whales. Volunteers help you spot these massive mammals as they peak above the sea. Holiday watching begins on December 27th and runs until the 31st.
The Miracle of a Million Lights
Just a few miles north of the city, the famous Victorian Belle mansion becomes a spectacular festival of lights. You’ll see 2.5 acres of land transformed into a snowy beacon of light. It comes with live musical performances, delicious holiday treats, and warm homemade cider. Plus, you’ll get to tour the interior of this historical landmark. Rooms are filled with antique gems and Victorian designs.
Although the holiday season often gets busy, be sure to check out one of these great ways to experience Portland and take some time to enjoy the wonderful city!