Portland, Oregon: Fun Things to Do in December

Here are some fun things you can do with your family in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA area for the month of December. If you see a fun family-themed event non listed please share by leaving a comment.


12/2 Handmade NW Artisans Fair for The Holidays  10-6pm – World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97204

12/4 – 1/3 Museum of Contemporary Craft Presents: Holiday Shop.  Tues-Sun 11-6, Thurs 11-8
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 Northwest Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

12/5 – 12/6 Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas Holiday Craft Show- 6-9pm on December 5th and 10-6 pm on December 6th.  2223 NE 47th Ave. Portland, OR 97213

12/7 – 12/10 Holiday Artisan Market 11:30am – 6:30 pm – (http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/)
Pioneer Courthouse Square

12/9 – 12/21 Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers – http://www.christmasships.org/
Check website for specific locations and times (generally around 7pm)

12/10 – 12/12 (Vancouver) Singing Christmas Tree – http://tree.vanfcog.org/
Friday, December 10 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 11 3:00 & 7:30 PM
Sunday December 12  3:00 & 7:30 PM
First Church of God, Vancouver WA
Accepting Canned Food donations for The Giving Closet

12/11 Tuba Christmas – Pioneer Courthouse Square 1:30pm (http://www.tubachristmas.com/readtcloc.php?TCState=OR)

12/16 – 12/24 Festival of the Last Minute (Open Rain, Shine or Snow!) – http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/
Weekdays 11-6, Sat 10- 5 Sunday 11-4:30. Located SW Ankeny St and Naito Parkway


11/25 – 12/26 Winter Wonderland – http://www.globaleventsgrouppdx.com/wonderland/index.html
 Sunday – Thursday, 5 pm – 9 pm Friday & Saturday, 5 pm – 11 pm (View website for exceptions). Rates vary on how you arrive (bus, motorcycle, car etc). Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.

11/26 – 12/30 Christmas Festival of Lights and The Grotto -(closed Christmas Day)
here is the schedule of choirs that are singing   http://www.thegrotto.org/christmas/choir-schedule/
I’m pretty much positive you have to pay to get in, but I cannot find anything on their website on how much. Sorry!

11/26 – 1/2 Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo – http://www.oregonzoo.org/Events/ZooLights/index.htm
Regular Zoo pricing ($9 Adults, $6 kids 3-11, 2 and under are free, $2 per car parking fee)
Here is the performance schedule  http://www.oregonzoo.org/Events/ZooLights/perform_schedule.htm

12/1 – 12/5 Holiday Ale Festival – http://holidayale.com/index.php. MUST BE 21 TO ATTEND
 Pioneer Courthouse Square, entrance on 6th Ave. Check website for times. General admission $20, VIP ticket $45
Get $5 if you buy in advance online.

12/3, 12/4, 12/5 – America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Portland Expo Center – http://www.expochristmasbazaar.com/. 10am to 6pm, Sunday the 5th from 10am to 5pm.
$6.50 for adults, $3.25 for youth (age 12-17) and kids under 12 are admitted free.
Bring 2 cans of food on Friday, December 3rd and receive free admission.

12/3 – 12/5  (Vancouver) Nutcracker presented by Vancouver Dance Theater – http://www.vancouverdancetheatre.com/nutcracker.html. Dec 3 at 7pm, Dec 4 at 2pm and 7pm, Dec 5 at 2pm
Adults $12, Kids 18 and under $10. Tickets available at Beacocks Music, Music World, and at the door
Performances at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium (West side of the school). 5700 East 18th st
Vancouver, Wa . Here’s a coupon for buy one ticket, get one $2 off   http://www.vancouverdancetheatre.com/Resources/Nutcracker2009coupon.pdf

12/5 Holiday Cheer with the Oregon Historical Society – http://www.ohs.org/visit-ohs/holiday-cheer.cfm
Noon to 5pm. (author’s signing from noon to 4pm) .Visit the website to see a list of the authors that will be there
 $5 general admission, members and children under 17 are free.

12/11 – 12/24 Nutcracker by Oregon Ballet Theatre – http://www.obt.org/season_nutcracker.html
(view website for specific dates and times – they vary greatly). Keller Auditorium. Tickets start at $26 and go up to $150. Buy tickets online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&q=oreogn+ballet+theatre+nutcracker&search.x=0&search.y=0

12/11 Christmas at Fort Vancouver (Vancouver) – http://www.fortvan.org/pages/public-calendar-event?id=198  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Adults 16+ $3, 15 and under free, family $5

12/11 Christmas at Pearson Air Museum (Vancouver) (photos with Santa too in the cockpit of a vintage airplane) – http://www.fortvan.org/pages/public-calendar-event?id=199 .  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Adults (age 18-54): $7, Active Military with ID: $5, Students (age 6-17): $5, Children under 6: Free, Family Rate: (2 adults and up to 4 students): $22


These deals were compiled just for you by specialist Whitney,who is married to her best friend, Ryan, and have two wonderful kiddos, Miles 3 and Addison, 6 months. She says, ” I enjoy long walks on the beach…kidding!! –  I love to spend time with my family and friends, doing anything or nothing at all! I love to bake and am always up for trying something new. With all the money I save from couponing, one day I hope to hire someone just to clean the dishes after I make a tornado zone out of the kitchen!! (Lets be honest, the rest of the house too..)”3 Comments

Portland, Oregon: Fun Things to Do in December was last modified: January 31st, 2011 by Karrie

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  1. I found a listing of Clark County Holiday Bazaars at http://www.clarkcountylive.com/clark-county/clark-county-holiday-bazaars-2010.

  2. Thanks for the awesome info. Who said you have to spend money to have fun?

  3. When I lived in Portland growing up we always went to Peacock Lane… you can walk or drive and they usually have free cocoa and candy canes and you can also pay for a horse and carriage ride

    Also Vancouvers columbian newspaper usually lists a lot of the well lit homes in the community so if you have a gps program in a few addresses and go on an adventure drive. Some of them cover every inch of their home and lawn and even have moving figurines and woodwork creations its fun to see

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