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 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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Fertile Ground Festival
Jan. 28–Feb. 7, 2021

Fertile Ground Festival

Virtual Free

See Portland’s newest theater and dance works every January at Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival.

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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

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. See the latest health…

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Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
Feb. 5–6, 2021

Portland Seafood & Wine Festival

Oregon Convention Center $13

EVENT CANCELED. Please visit the event website for current information. Enjoy entertainment, lots of fresh Oregon seafood and wine, craft beers, cider, and distilled spirits at the 15th Annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival. Taste some of Oregon’s best wines from over 60 wineries and munch on deliciously fresh seafood at the peak of Dungeness…

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Portland Winter Light (non)Festival
Feb. 5–13, 2021

Portland Winter Light (non)Festival

Various Locations Free

Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at the annual Winter Lights Festival.

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Chinese New Year
Feb. 12–28, 2021

Chinese New Year

Lan Su Chinese Garden $12.95 General; $11.95 Senior (62+), $9.95 Student (6-18 or with ID), $0 Children (5-)

Portland’s favorite Chinese New Year celebration is back at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Celebrate Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration featuring hanging red lanterns, contact-free scavenger hunt, festival audio tour, cultural displays, and much more! On the first day of the festival, every visitor…

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Portland International Auto Show
Feb. 25–28, 2021

Portland International Auto Show

Oregon Convention Center Prices Vary

The Portland International Auto Show is the largest auto show in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 480,000 square feet of exhibit space you will find over 600 vehicles from 35 manufacturers, the latest in car design and technology plus exotics from around the world. Get behind the wheel in one of our many Ride…

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Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021

Portland Metro Reptile Expo

Portland Airport Holiday Inn Adults: $10, Children (ages 6-12): $5, Children 5 and under: Free.

2021 EVENT POSTPONED FROM JANUARY TO MARCH. Please visit the event website for current information. Northwest Reptile Expos is the largest reptile expo in the Northwest, and the longest running reptile show in Oregon. Come out and see the largest selection of reptile vendors in the Pacific Northwest.

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