Winter in Portland

When wintry weather arrives, Portland offers plenty of things to do and ways to while away the cool days and long nights.

Yes, it does rain in the winter in Portland. (Not all the time, but plenty.) However, the rain and cooler temperatures provide the perfect excuse to do as locals do and indulge in Portland’s legendary culinary scene, sample craft beers from our 75+ breweries, drink a few extra cups of locally roasted coffee, check out live music performances and get lost wandering aisles of Powell’s City of Books. (Plus, if you’re willing to dodge a few raindrops during your visit, you may see some serious savings on hotels.) Several locally beloved events return every winter, including the vibrant Portland Winter Light Festival (which fills the city with dozens of huge light installations and special events); the epic PDX Jazz Festival ; and multiple arts, film music and theater festivals (like Fertile Ground, Cascade Festival of African Films and Reel Film Music Festival).

Winter Weather

Winter in Portland (Dec. 21–March 19) is the coolest season of the year, with frequent rain showers and mostly cloudy skies (significant snowfall is rare within Portland city limits). The drop in temperature makes for great conditions at Mount Hood, where locals love to ski, snowboard, snowshoe or just cozy up to a fireplace with a warm drink in hand.

What to Pack

For a wintertime visit to Portland, we recommend packing a coat, fleece jacket and rain-friendly shoes (and if you’re a skier or snowboarder, don’t forget your gear, since rain in Portland means plenty of snow on Mount Hood).

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Favorite Winter Events

These locally beloved events and festivals return every winter in Portland.

Portland’s Top 10 Winter Drinks

Award-winning brewers and mixologists help you beat winter’s chill with beverages featuring seasonal flavors like eggnog and apple cider.

Events By Month

Every month of winter in Portland offers its own unique array of events and experiences.

December Events

Favorite December events in Portland include light displays, holiday shopping, seasonal traditions and a beer festival.

January Events

From theater to roller derby, Portland kicks off the year with an eclectic assortment of events.

February Events

February is the perfect month to take in fine Portland food, film, music and more.

Indoor Activities

Prefer to shelter from the elements? Portland’s got you covered.

Winter Sports on Mount Hood

Just a 90-minute drive from downtown, Mount Hood sits right in the city’s backyard and makes for a heck of a winter playground.

Holidays in Portland

Celebrate the season with these annual holiday traditions in Portland.

Portland Holiday Events

Like an Advent calendar loaded with sugary treats, the days leading up to Christmas in Portland hold an abundance of sweet memories.

Holiday Light Displays in Portland

Portland is full of bright ways to embrace the shorter days of winter; here are some of the stars in the city’s constellation of holiday light displays.

Holiday Shopping Events

Do your holiday shopping for locally made gifts at hip parties, makers' fairs, sprawling sales and garden grounds filled with handcrafted items.

Winter Events

Portland comes to life every winter with festive events and activities around the city.

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Portland Saturday Market
Ongoing

Portland Saturday Market

Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free

Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.

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Portland Night Market
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Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.

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Renegade Craft Fair
Dec. 19–20, 2020

Renegade Craft Fair

Pure Space

Join Renegade Craft for a festive holiday weekend celebration in Portland featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Get your holiday shopping done while supporting emerging and established makers, all while enjoying rarities and remixes from local DJs, workshops, exceptional food trucks and cocktails.

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