Portland used to be the Pacific Coast’s best kept secret. Only now, it’s not so secret anymore. As new companies and job opportunities continue to bring all kinds of new and exciting folks to our city, the list of fun, engaging things to do around here just keeps growing. The holiday season is one of the best times to enjoy all Portland has to offer, and with so many fun, healthy activities in one place, there really is something for everyone.
One of the best places to go if you’re looking for somewhere classy to take your significant other this holiday season is the Oregon Ballet Theatre. There’s practically always something playing here, but during the holidays, they’ve got everything from Swan Lake to The Nutcracker. You’ll be the suave, sophisticated guy she fell in love with all over again!
If you want some quality time with the kids this holiday season, consider the Cinnamon Bear Cruise. It’s a few great hours of storytelling, music, hot chocolate, and a pretty awesome snack buffet they’re sure to love. It will give you an awesome chance to bond with them, while they enjoy some time with their storybook heroes.
For a night of lights, look no further than The Festival of Lights at the Grotto. For about $5, you can enjoy over 150 outdoor music concerts, themed lighting in a park setting, a Christmas themed show three times a night, and all of the family-style entertainment you could possibly want. This is a great place to take the whole clan. Events run all the way through December 30.
Last but not least, the Christmas Ship parade is an annual must-see for all water lovers (and since we live in Portland, it’s probably safe to assume that most of us are). For two weeks during the holiday season, boat owners from miles around deck out their boats with beautiful lights and go cruising down the Williamette and Columbia Rivers for all to admire. For true boat enthusiasts, there’s a great opportunity to meet the boat owners a couple of weeks before Christmas. This is an awesome way to enjoy some fresh air and make the most out of some fantastic photo ops!
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