Our Favorite Holiday Events: Part Two

There are so many fun things to do in Portland this season, including holiday light displays, community events, and Christmas music of all kinds. Here is our second installment of fun holiday events from one of your favorite hotels in Portland, Oregon!

Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo

When: Now – December 31st 2012
Where: Oregon Zoo
Address: 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221-9704
Website: www.oregonzoo.org

Celebrate the holidays amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights. More than a million LED 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 Nutcracker by Oregon Ballet Theater

When: December 8th – December 23rd 2012
Where: Keller Auditorium
Address: 222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
Website: www.obt.org

Light the fire in a child’s heart with this beloved trip to a land where toy soldiers fight rat armies, snowflakes come dancing to life, and the sugarplum fairy presides over it all with the wave of a wand. Each year, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker sets the season a-sparkle, creating memories your family will cherish forever. This year, 6 performances will feature the full OBT Orchestra. Peruse our specials for the best Portland hotel deals to go along with your Nutcracker experience.

Portland’s Holiday Express

When: Now – December 16th 2012
Where: The Oaks Station
Address: 7806 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
Website: www.orhf.org

Departing from the Oaks Station, adjacent to Oaks Park in Sellwood, this family-friendly train rides between the Willamette River and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, with Santa taking the helm and his elves spreading cheer along the way. This seasonal adventure comes courtesy of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, whose brand-new Oregon Rail Heritage Center in the Eastside Industrial district is now accessible via Portland Streetcar.

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

When: Now – December 30th 2012
Where: The Grotto
Address: 8840 NE Skidmore Street, Portland, Oregon 97220
Website: www.thegrotto.org

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 2012 festival features nearly 180 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church, and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the 2012 festival theme “Angels on High” reflects the season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families around the Pacific Northwest.

Christmas Ship Parade

When: December 7th – 21st, 2012
Where: Along the Willamette & Columbia Rivers
Address: Multiple viewing locations
Website: www.christmasships.org

Portland’s Christmas Ship Parade is an annual event on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The parade features an average of 50-60 boats, decked out in holiday lights, each night. The Portland Christmas Ship Parade can be viewed from a number of different public parks, bridges, and other locations. Check out the Christmas Ships web site for the parade schedule and find out where you can view the parade!

Happy holidays to everyone, from one of the most festive hotels in Portland, Oregon!

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