‘Tis the Season!

It’s time for the holidays! Portland, Oregon is buzzing with excitement and fun festivities. You have got to check some of them out!

ZooLights

When: Friday, November 25th – Sunday, January 1st
Where: Oregon Zoo
Address: 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
Website: www.oregonzoo.org

Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights. More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Cap off your visit by boarding the zoo’s light-bedecked steamer train, which provides a unique view of the ZooLights splendor.

 

The Santaland Diaries

When: 7:30 pm, Friday, December 2, 2011
Where: Gerding Theater
Address: 128 NW Eleventh Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209
Website: www.pcs.org

Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers.

 

2011 Portland Santa Speedo Run

When: 11 am, Saturday, December 3, 2011
Where: North 45 Pub
Address: 517 Northwest 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Website: www.portlandspeedorun2011.eventbrite.com

The format of the Portland Santa Speedo Run is really simple: Drink from 11am-2:30pm, then run/walk/parade through NW Portland :) It’s an event that has been copy and pasted throughout major cities in the US for the past 10 years and now it’s Portland’s turn to make it BIG! ALL of your ticket proceeds goes towards The Ethiopia Project, which fits those in need with footwear in numerous towns throughout Ethiopia.

 

16th Annual Holiday Ale Festival

When: November 30th – December 4th
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square
Address: 701 SW Sixth Ave Portland, Oregon 97204
Website: www.holidayale.com

The winter season holds many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter’s night. Each year, the Holiday Ale Festival annually gathers up dozens of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. As a result, this quintessential Portland event has earned a reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast.

Held in the heart of downtown Portland, the Holiday Ale Festival keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear top tent that covers Pioneer Courthouse Square while allowing for views of the city lights. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance under the boughs of one of the region’s largest decorated Christmas trees.

More than 50 potent winter ales are featured at this year’s event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. These aren’t beers you’ll find in the supermarket – our brewers have put together special recipes just for the Holiday Ale Festival. From Belgians and Barleywines to Stouts and Sours, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors.

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