Winter in Portland

In January, February and March, Portland offers plenty of activities to while away the cool days and long nights.

Portland in the winter? Doesn’t it rain all the time?

Yes, it does rain in the winter in Portland. (Not all the time, but plenty.) However, temperatures are mild, and the rain provides 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 some live music and get lost in the aisles of Powell’s City of Books. Plus, if you’re willing to dodge a few raindrops during your visit, you may see some nice savings on hotels.

What to Pack

Pack a coat, fleece, rain-friendly shoes and your ski gear. (As locals will tell you, rain in Portland means snow on nearby Mount Hood.)

Favorite Winter Events

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.

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.

Indoor activities

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

Holidays 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.