Events

Sunday, December 17

APEX: Dawn Cerny

Dawn Cerny’s works are at once formal and reductive while existing in a realm of the playful and ridiculous. The Seattle artist’s newest sculptures and works...

Portland Art Museum  
Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA

Famous for such stop-action animated feature films as Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Coraline (2009), LAIKA is at the center of...

Portland Art Museum  
CCNA: Interwoven Radiance

The Portland Art Museum’s Center for Contemporary Native Art takes a deep dive into the weaving practice of the Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers of the...

Portland Art Museum  
Chabad of Oregon Menorah Lighting

For the 34th year, Chabad of Oregon will hold a public menorah lighting in Director Park.

Director Park  
Christmas Revels

Christmas Revels returns for the 2017 holiday season with "Nordic Lights," a celebration of winter soltice. The production brings together the music, dance...

St. Mary’s Academy Theater  
Christmas Ship Parade

Christmas Ship owners are getting ready to set sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers for their 63rd year as residents make plans to watch the...

multiple  
Christmas in the Garden

Enter a charming winter wonderland and find yourself surrounded by 600,000 twinkling lights, live music, artisan vendors, ice skating, snowless tubing and...

The Oregon Garden  
Craftsmanship and Wit

This fall, the Museum will celebrate the legacy of Carol (1932–2015) and Seymour Haber (1929–2012), longtime friends of and donors to the Portland Art...

Portland Art Museum  
Eat, Drink & Be Merry ... But Leave the Driving to Us

Guests of La Bastide Bed & Breakfast can escape the holiday rush with an all-inclusive winery tour (maximum of six guests) including tasting at three...

La Bastide Bed & Breakfast  
Gingerbread Adventures

Run, run as fast as you can to Gingerbread Adventures, an exhibit that takes a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), Auditorium  
Holiday Shorts and Songs

A live-action mash-up of holiday toons, presented by Coho Productions. Directed by Philip Cuomo, with musical accompaniment by Eric Nordin. Featuring...

CoHo Theatre  
Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems

Should you always believe what you see? Can you really trust your senses? Is anything as it seems? The Illusion exhibit offers insight into the human mind by...

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)  
In the Beginning

Long before co-founding Aperture magazine or establishing the groundbreaking photography program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, renowned modernist...

Portland Art Museum  
Kingdom Animalia

Furry, fierce, majestic or sublime, animals have been featured in the graphic arts since the advent of printmaking. Mammals, fish, reptiles and birds act as...

Portland Art Museum  
Miracle of a Million Lights

For the month of December, Victorian Belle is known as,​“The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and...

Victorian Belle  
Multnomah Village & Hillsdale Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket is a hyperlocal shopping program in the Southwest Portland neighborhoods of Multnomah Village and Hillsdale. At participating businesses, when...

Multnomah Village and Hillsdale neighborhoods  
Nine Free Days at the Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden will offer a free admission for each donation of a non-perishable food item, from Saturday, December 9 through Sunday, December 17,...

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
PDX Pop-Up Shops

PDX Pop-Up Shops return Nov. 16–Dec. 24, 2017, housing local designers and artists in vacant storefronts in downtown Portland. Located inside Pioneer Place...

Pioneer Place  
Rachel Davis: Book of Days

For the past year, Rachel Davis has kept a visual diary of 5-by-5 inch (13-by-13 cm) watercolors, based on her thoughts about the current political situation...

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art  
The Holiday Express Train

Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart...

The Oaks Station  
Breakfast with Santa

Why stand in a long line at the mall or department store waiting to talk to Santa when you can relax at a table with your family, enjoying a hot buffet...

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom  
A Streetcar Named Delicious Coffee Tour

A rich variety of renowned cafes and pioneering micro-roasters can be found in each of Portland’s diverse neighborhoods, but there’s no better way to explore...

Cup & Bar  
A Very Portland Christmas

Enjoy the wonders of the season at Pittock Mansion’s annual holiday display, a Portland tradition for over 50 years. This year, experience the iconic places,...

Pittock Mansion  
Geek the Halls 2017

The PDX Browncoats 8th annual craft faire. Find the perfect holiday gift for your geeky, nerdy family and friends. Free to the public.

DoubleTree by Hilton  
Nine Free Days

Receive free admission with a donation of two non-perishable food items to benefit the Oregon Food Bank, December 9-17, 2017 at Lan Su Chinese Garden....

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
Parting Shots: Images of Portland, 1938-1942

Parting Shots examines nationally renowned 20th-century photographer Minor White, focusing on some of his earliest work when he was in Portland between...

Architectural Heritage Center  
Picturing Oregon

In conjunction with the Museum’s 125th anniversary, Picturing Oregon offers an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and to...

Portland Art Museum  
Rodrigo Valenzuela

This exhibition in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art features two videos by Rodrigo Valenzuela (born 1982 in Chile, lives and works in Los...

Portland Art Museum  
The Holiclay Sale

A loose collective of Portland ceramic artists will be selling their goods at this one-day event.

Cleaners at the Ace Hotel  
The Wyeths: Three Generations

Drawing from the Bank of America Collection, The Wyeths: Three Generations provides a revealing survey of works by N.C. Wyeth, one of America’s finest...

Portland Art Museum  
Tim Loh & Gavin McClure

Lan Su Chinese Garden hosts several artists each year, from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to show work in the pavilions of the garden. This December in...

Lan Su Chinese Garden  
What Was He Thinking? Jan Balet:  Watercolors and Lithographs

This is the debut U.S. exhibition of the works of German-born artist Jan Balet, whose delightfully humorous and personal perceptions of human relationships...

ArtReach Gallery at First Congregational Church  
Breakfast with Santa

Why stand in a long line at the mall or department store waiting to talk to Santa when you can relax at a table with your family, enjoying a hot buffet...

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom  
Christmas in Dairyville Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy

Get your family in the holiday spirit with a stroll down Storybook Lane. Alpenrose Dairy and the Cadonau family, along with the 4-H Discovery Farm at...

Alpenrose Dairy  
Festival of the Last Minute

No time to check everyone off your “nice” list? No problem! ‘Tis the season for the Festival of the Last Minute! And as with any welcome holiday tradition,...

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park  
King’s Mouth: Wayne Coyne

Wayne Coyne is perhaps best known as the frontman and songwriter for the experimental band the Flaming Lips. His talents span several genres, however,...

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)  
Peppermint Bear and the Giant Elf

Presented by Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre and The Peppermint Bear Show. Directed by Michael Snider. Book and lyrics by Michael Snider. Music by Kurt...

Lakewood Center for the Arts  
The Train to Christmas Town - Mount Hood Railroad

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with the whole family aboard The Mount Hood Railroad’s The Train to Christmas Town! Based on the beloved children’s book of the...

Mount Hood Railroad  
Cinderella

Cinderella 12pm, 4pm

Dance your way through the holidays with Northwest Children's Theater’s original tap extravaganza. The Oregonian calls Cinderella “…a gem of sophisticated...

Northwest Children's Theater and School  
Cloud of Petals

New York-based artist Sarah Meyohas presents Cloud of Petals, an ongoing investigation of the impermanence of our digital culture. It is the culmination of a...

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center  
I Am This: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists

The Oregon Jewish Museum has taken over the sunny corner once occupied by the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The exhibit “I Am This: Art by Oregon Jewish...

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education  
Lorna Simpson from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer

This exhibition is showing alongside Sylwia Kowalczyk's Lethe (continued). Exhibit on display December 7–31, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception:...

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts  
Meier & Frank Santaland

Generations of Oregonians have fond memories of the downtown Portland Meier & Frank department store’s Santaland. A ride on the iconic Monorail and a chance...

Oregon Historical Society  
National Theatre Live: Follies

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on...

World Trade Center Portland  
National Theatre Live: Follies

By James Goldman. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and...

World Trade Center Portland  
Star Wars Wine Experience

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . It is a period of great thirst. Rebel wine enthusiasts, striking from a hidden base, have won their first...

Pairings Portland  
Sylwia Kowalczyk  - Lethe

Exhibit on display from November 2–December 31, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: November 2, 6-9 p.m. Artist talk with Sylwia Kowalczyk Saturday,...

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts  
Forktown Food Tours North Mississippi Avenue

North Mississippi Avenue is a historic, artsy and exciting neighborhood on Portland’s north side. It's a "must see" for out-of-town visitors and one of...

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Brewvana's Behind the Scenes Tour

Get a VIP look into the action and craftsmanship behind some of Portland’s best beers. Brewvana's Behind the Scenes tour offers a deeper look into the care...

Brewvana Brewery Tours  
A Christmas Carol The Musical

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an...

Brunish Theatre  
A Christmas Memory paired with Winter Song

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable...

Portland Center Stage at the Armory  
A Nutcracker Tea

Presented by Northwest Dance Theatre (NWDT), this family-friendly abridged version of Marius Petipa's Nutcracker Ballet, with music by Pyotr Ilyich...

Portland Community College Sylvania Campus - Performing Arts Center  
Beauty and the Beast

Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, and friends as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Disney classic as they embark on a grand journey...

Newmark Theatre  
Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol

Artistic director Scott Palmer imagined what Dickens must have gone through one wild night as he tried to assemble the story he would call “A Christmas...

Vault Theater  
FROGZ

FROGZ 2pm, 5pm

By Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad. FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with...

Imago Theatre  
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

Many of us know and love The Nutcracker, but had to miss last year’s show due to inclement weather. Oregon Ballet Theater is providing Portlanders the chance...

Keller Auditorium  
Michael Allen Harrison's Christmas At The Old Church

A special heart-warming holiday concert series featuring Michael and his musical family, including the fabulous vocals of Julianne Johnson and many...

The Old Church  
Paranorman

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Eleven-year-old Norman can see and speak with the dead, including his beloved grandmother. Most days, he prefers...

NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium  
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Directed by Benjamin Tissell By Barbara Robinson The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked...

Lakewood Center for the Arts  
The Humans by Stephen Karam

A Tony winner for best play and a Pulitzer finalist in 2016, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” arrives for the holidays. The tense family drama is set at...

Artists Repertory Theatre  
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens

For sheer hijinks, grab a seat at “Twist Your Dickens.” Originally created by the Chicago comedy improv group Second City, Portland Center Stage’s version of...

Portland Center Stage at the Armory  
Your Holiday Hit Parade

Presented by Broadway Rose Theatre Company. Enjoy holiday hits of yesteryear alongside contemporary charmers in this tuneful new revue created by Portland’s...

Broadway Rose New Stage  
3 Leg Torso & DO JUMP with special guest Pepe Raphael

DO JUMP, 3 Leg Torso, Pepe Raphael and friends team up for a holiday celebration full of musical, acrobatic and theatrical glory. Come be swept away by the...

Alberta Rose Theatre  
Distillery Tour

Experience the sights and sounds of a working craft distillery in the heart of Portland. Tours are offered daily, showcasing the process of making Westward...

House Spirits Distillery  
NW Natural Holidays with the Trail Band

One of Portland's most beloved seasonal concerts, Holidays with the Trail Band is a great way to kick off the holiday spirit with friends, family and...

Aladdin Theater  
National Theatre Live: Peter Pan

By J.M. Barrie. All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved tale screens...

World Trade Center Portland  
National Theatre Live: Peter Pan

Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents: London's National Theatre production of Peter Pan. "Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production." - Radio...

World Trade Center Portland  
BeerQuest Haunted Pub Tour

The Old Town Historic District in downtown Portland, Oregon is filled with beautiful old buildings and cobblestone streets. Lively with drinking...

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub  
Cinderella

Dance your way through the holidays with Northwest Children's Theater’s original tap extravaganza. The Oregonian calls Cinderella “…a gem of sophisticated...

Northwest Children's Theater and School  
FROGZ

FROGZ 5pm

By Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad. FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with...

Imago Theatre  
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world....

The Grotto  
The Nutcracker

Now in its 20th season, Columbia Dance brings its most joyous holiday gift with its wonder-filled production of the The Nutcracker. Dancers from the School...

Royal Durst Theater  
ZooLights

ZooLights 5pm

Each year, the Oregon Zoo and its animals celebrate the holiday by covering the Zoo in thousands of brilliant lights in amazing, animal-themed displays....

Oregon Zoo  
Winter Wonderland

Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”, the 24rd annual Winter Wonderland, will grab your...

Portland International Raceway  
It's a Tony Starlight Christmas

Remember the classic holiday TV shows of your childhood, when entertainers like Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and others sang songs and spread the holiday cheer...

Tony Starlight Showroom  
Peacock Lane

Each house in this quaint Southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful...

Peacock Lane  
A Christmas Carol

Portland Playhouse produced a straightforward, traditional account of the Dickens’ tale (with music) of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge a few years ago. It has...

Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center  
Andina Live Music

During the week, musicians play intimate solo sessions and on Friday and Saturday nights, a duo or full band play lively rhythms that evoke the spirit of...

Andina Restaurant  
Back Street

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Under Carl Laemmle Jr.’s steady leadership, Universal in the 1930s produced a slew of social-issue dramas that were...

NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium  
Impractical Jokers starring The Tenderloins

The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive...

Memorial Coliseum  
NW Natural Holidays with the Trail Band

One of Portland's most beloved seasonal concerts, Holidays with the Trail Band is a great way to kick off the holiday spirit with friends, family and...

Aladdin Theater  
National Theatre Live: Follies

By James Goldman. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and...

World Trade Center Portland  
Collie Buddz

Collie Buddz 7:30pm

A decade since the release of his last LP, Collie Buddz arrives today with his new album Good Life. Across 10 tracks, Buddz rides the nooks of island rhythms...

Wonder Ballroom  
Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas

Light holiday classics, seasonal favorites, and a very merry sing-along make for a jubilant evening shared with friends. Conductor: Norman Huynh Oregon Chorale

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall  
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

Many of us know and love The Nutcracker, but had to miss last year’s show due to inclement weather. Oregon Ballet Theater is providing Portlanders the chance...

Keller Auditorium  
Hotel Gone

Hotel Gone 7:30pm

Choreographer Jerry Mouawad pushes, pulls and shoves five characters into a hotel lobby where identities shift, love is uncertain and souls search for...

Imago Theatre  
Marisol

Marisol 7:30pm

By José Rivera Directed by Victor Mack Angelic warfare, mental illness and a postmodern world take center stage in Jose Rivera’s magical, disturbing and...

Shoebox Theater  
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Directed by Benjamin Tissell By Barbara Robinson The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked...

Lakewood Center for the Arts  
The Humans by Stephen Karam

A Tony winner for best play and a Pulitzer finalist in 2016, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” arrives for the holidays. The tense family drama is set at...

Artists Repertory Theatre  
Rock for a Reason

It's time for the annual Rock for a Reason holiday toy drive. This year includes an amazing group of performers like Jenny Don't and the Spurs, Joey Briggs...

Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge  

Sunday, December 17

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