10 Exciting Things to do in Portland, Oregon During December

One of the most enjoyable times of the year to visit Portland, Oregon is December. Throughout the month there are unique activities that are only available during the month of December like indulgent holiday teas at boutique hotels and holiday lights in historical neighborhoods. Plus, December is always the perfect time to head up to Mt. Hood for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. We've included the best place to ski Timberline Lodge and the only place there is to cosmic tube Skibowl! For beer lovers the Holiday Ale Festival is a must. Here beer fans can try 50+ brews in one place. For ice skating, holiday lights and snowless tubing we've included the beautiful Oregon Garden. And of course no December list in Portland could be complete without the Christmas Ship parade. This parade is free to watch along various rivers and considered one of the best holiday parades in the United States. 

Going strong for 63 years, this annual Christmas event features 55 - 60 ships of all sizes bedecked with sparkling holiday lights. Each night for two weeks, boat owners proudly cruise the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, providing holiday cheer...  Read More

A Portland holiday tradition, the Holiday Ale Festival is an outdoor annual event taking place November 29 through Dec. 3, 2017 from 11am to 9:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. Even though the temperatures may be on the...  Read More

Outside the City

Christmas in the Garden is a spectacular time to visit The Oregon Garden. Between Thanksgiving and the end of December part of the garden is decorated with Christmas lights. Besides seeing thousands of Christmas lights guests can also ice skate...  Read More


Holiday Russian Tea From November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018 Headwaters is offering a holiday Russian tea between 11 am and 3 pm everyday. This unique experience is perfect for holiday gatherings with friends and family alike. Russian Tea...  Read More

Mount Hood Railroad offers a special train to Christmas town during the holiday season. During the train ride elves dance in the aisles leading Christmas sing-alongs. When they sing the "Chocolate Christmas" song it's time for cookies and hot...  Read More

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Deluxe features seasonal tea sandwiches like smoked salmon and tarragon cream cheese on rye; ham and grain mustard mayonnaise; and cranberry pecan chicken salad on wheat. Plus, their holiday tea cocktail selections include...  Read More

Southeast Portland

The residents of Peacock Lane have been decorating their Tudor style homes for the holidays since the 1920's. Their legendary light displays continue each December from the 15th until the 31st from 6 - 11 PM. The residents will be serving free...  Read More

Financial District

Zoolights During the Holiday Season, more than a million bulbs create a shimmering wonderland called Zoolights. For an extra fee you can ride the train and see many of the lights without having to walk all around. Among Portlanders with...  Read More

Cosmic Tubing Skibowl Skibowl offers cosmic tubing in the evening and at night during the weekend. While black lights and colored lights illuminate the area and the latest pop music hits blast over outdoor speakers, kids and adults can tube...  Read More

At the top of Mt. Hood is Timberline lodge offering some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. With it being at the top, the snow is typically the best on the mountain. Timberline currently has 41 trail runs ranging from beginner...  Read More


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan