Portland is renown for its holiday spirit. Councils, businesses, charities, and households across the city contribute to the season’s celebration of Christmas and other holidays. Check out these Christmas events taking place in the Greater Portland area.

Plays and Shows:

“Twist Your Dickens”
November 22 to December 24
Performed at the Portland Center Stage, “Twist your Dickens” is an improv parody of “A Christmas Carol.”

“The Santaland Diaries”
November 23 to December 28
Also at Portland Center Stage, “The Santaland Diaries” chronicles David Sedaris’ experience working as Crumpet the Elf in a Macy’s Santaland Display.

“Rudolph on Stage”
November 28 to December 20
Bad Reputation Productions brings the 1964 animated classic Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer to life on stage.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”
December 11 to 28
Stumptown Stages brings the 1946 classic musical film to stage at the Brunish Theater.

“The Nutcracker”
December 13 to 27
The Oregon Ballet Theater presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” at the Keller Auditorium.

“A Circus Carol”
December 19 to 21
The Wanderlust Circus stages a circus adaptation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol Classic” at the Alberta Rose Theater.

Christmas Light Displays

Winter Wonderland
November 27 to December 28
Rated the #1 Holiday Event in Portland by the Portland Business Journal in 2013, Winter Wonderland boasts more than 250 light displays.

Festival of Lights at The Grotto
November 28 to December 30
The Grotto’s light show features a walk-through light display, choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, and worship services.

November 28 to January 4
The Oregon Zoo’s annual ZooLights features a new train route taking visitors through displays and over one million LED lights.

Christmas Ships
December 5 to 21
This year is the Portland Christmas Ships Parade’s 60th anniversary. Over 60 decorated Christmas ships cruise down the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to be admired from the shoreline.

Peacock Lane
December 15 to 31
Tudor style homes in Peacock Lane’s southeast neighborhood decorate for Christmas with beautiful sparkling lights, nativity scenes, Christmas trees, and Santa and Frosty replicas.

Runs and Walks

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
December 7
Jingle Bell Run/Walk participants dressed in holiday attire raise donations for people with arthritis.

December 7
The Union Gospel Mission and Portland Humane Society benefit from the HO HO 5K, where participants bring donations of canned food, clothing, and blankets.

The Holiday Half
December 14
The Holiday Half is a 5K run organized by the shoe store Foot Traffic and Sponsored by Adidas.


Hana is currently pursuing an undergraduate English degree with a Spanish minor at Concordia University Portland. She loves creative writing and reading children's books and someday hopes to publish her own. Favorite hobbies include cooking, cleaning, eating ice cream, and singing Disney princess songs.