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Explore Portland: Holiday Festivities

There is nothing like ringing in the holidays in Portland. From sweet and whimsical, to charmingly quirky and just downright weird, there really is something for everyone in this town.


Here’s just a few of our favorites to check out this holiday season:

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Probably the first tradition most Portlanders think of when it comes to Christmas, this little lane is a must-see for classic holiday light displays. For the maximum effect (and crowds) go on one of the pedestrian-only nights from December 15-17.

If you missed Brewlights in late November you can still check out the impressive display at the zoo. Be prepared for lots of kids. Insider tip: Get tickets for the train ahead of time. If you miss your time, you can jump to the head of the line for later trains.

If you’ve got relatives visiting who aren’t up for lots of walking, this is the perfect option. Drive through the biggest holiday light show west of the Mississippi at the Portland International Raceway. To avoid long waits, visit on a weeknight.

A parade of decorated boats light up the Columbia and Willamette rivers nightly throughout the month. Avoid the weather by making reservations at one of the restaurants with a view or join the parade on a cruise.

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“Naughty” and “Nice” tattoos? Check. Man bun? Check. Pendleton Sweater? Check. A PDX Carpet-covered couch? Of course! It’s tradition.

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Kick off the season with jubilant renditions of all your favorite tunes celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year.

Cheap screenings of all the holiday classics like Elf, Home Alone and A Christmas Story. With adult beverages! Get some friends together for a round of the Love Actually drinking game. You know you love it.

This Nordic-style feast is a super-sized smorgasbord. Don’t miss this one presented by the renowned restaurant Broder. Absolutely delicious. If you can’t make it, you can check out the Julbord at the Portland IKEA and get some Christmas shopping done while you’re there!

Competitive caroling? Yep. Caroling groups battle for the $1000 grand prize at this festive event in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Share your holiday happenings with us by following @prometheus_apartments and tagging your photos with #SeasonsOfUs.