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
OTHER FUN EVENTS
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..)”