Thanksgiving Weekend in Portland

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Hotel Modera! Here are a couple of events to get the holidays started!

Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by SmartPark

When: 5:30 pm Friday, November 25th
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square
Address: 701 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204

Be Merry at the Square! On the day after Thanksgiving, Portlanders will gather at the Square to celebrate the official start of the season by lighting the spectacular 75ft tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company.  This year’s event will feature a holiday sing-a-long featuring Pink Martini, members of the Oregon Symphony, and the Pacific Youth Choir.  With a big tree, lots of lights and a great community sing-a-long this is an event you won’t want to miss!


A Christmas Story (2011)

When: Tuesday – Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm | Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm | Thursday matinees at noon
Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Address: 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the tree is a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle. He doesn’t simply want it—he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. Looming in the way, however, are alleyway bullies, major awards, freezing flagpoles, unsympathetic authorities and a certain horrifying Macy’s Santa. Based upon the classic motion picture, this play is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy—that is, until someone shoots their eye out.


Thanksgiving Beast Feast

When: 11:30 am Thursday, November 24th
Where: Oregon Zoo
Address: 4001 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221

Watch Oregon Zoo animals enjoy special snacks and Thanksgiving-themed enrichment items like papier-mâché turkeys stuffed with yummy treats. This is a great photo opportunity — bring your camera! Free with zoo admission.



When: Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th
Where: Dolores Winningstad Theatre
Address: 1111 Southwest Broadway, 2nd & 3rd Floors, Portland, OR 97205

The classic story of a wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. Doctor Fox and Professor Cat present a “Cautionary Tale for Boys and Girls” in this interactive adventure which brings Pinocchio nose-to-wooden nose with Fire Eater, the Blue Fairy, talking donkeys, and a magical penguin. Pinocchio learns to do what is right instead of being manipulated by others in the stunning, national award-winning production.

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