December events

Celebrate winter with lights, beer and other great Portland events.

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    December event highlights

    Here’s a selection of December events in Portland. For more, see our editors’ picks, below, or search the events calendar.

    Holiday Ale Fest

    Packed with revelry and cheer, the five-day Holiday Ale Fest is held right under the city’s holiday tree, in Pioneer Courthouse Square (better known as Portland’s living room). The celebration features more than 40 of the Pacific Northwest’s best-tasting seasonal suds, many not available anywhere else.
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    Christmas light displays

    Some of Portland’s bright spots include ZooLights, a display of more than a million lights at the Oregon Zoo and the Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto. The Christmas Ship Parade, going strong since 1954, features brilliantly decorated boats on the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
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    Holiday traditions

    Portland gets into the spirit of the season with festive decorations at Pittock Mansion, a gingerbread display at the Benson Hotel and the Festival of Trees at the Oregon Convention Center. At Alpenrose Dairy’s Christmas in Dairyville, kids can explore a western frontier town turned winter wonderland. Annual performance traditions include Handel’s Messiah from Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Most Wonderful Season from Portland Gay Men’s Chorus and The Santaland Diaries at Portland Center Stage.
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    Holiday shopping events

    With sales ranging from hip holiday parties and intimate spirits tastings to expo centers and garden grounds filled with handcrafted gifts, Portland offers plenty of opportunities to do your holiday shopping and find locally made presents for friends and family.
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    New Year’s Eve

    Portland offers many ways to ring in the new year, including inspiring concerts, straight-up dance parties, a fun run and more.
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    Editors' Picks for December 2016


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