Pacific Northwest Christmas Family Fun Guide
Ready for some fun this Christmas season? Jen from Thrifty NW Mom and I have teamed up to bring you the most comprehensive list of Christmas Family Fun in the Pacific Northwest. In this post, I have listed Christmas events, kid-friendly outings, bazaars & craft fairs, and concerts in Western Oregon and SW Washington.
Head to Thrifty NW Mom for a list of Puget Sound events.
- Tree Lighting Ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square, November 29, Downtown Portland
- The Magic of Wintertime, Pittock Mansion’s annual holiday exhibit, November 25-January 5, Portland
- Winter Wonderland at PIR, November 29-January 4, Portland
- Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo, November 29-January 5, Portland
- Festival of Lights at the Grotto, November 29-December 30, Portland
- America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar, November 29-December 1 & December 6-8, Portland
- Singing Christmas Tree, November 22-24, 29-30, & December 1, Portland
- OHSU Center For Developmental Health Holiday Bazaar, November 19-21, Portland
- Christmas Fantasy Trail at Wenzel Farms, December 2-28, Oregon City (closed on the 24th & 25th)
- Festival of Trees, December 5-7, Portland
- Christmas Ship Parade, December 5-22, Portland
- Christmas in Dairyville, November 30-December 23, weekends, Portland
- Christmas in the Country at Philip Foster Farm, December 7, Eagle Creek
- Portland Santaland, Not updated for 2019, Cedar Hills Crossing
- Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale @ Oregon Convention Center, December 14-15, Portland
- Aspen Meadows ‘Celebration of Lights’, December 14-26, Colton
- Ugly Holiday Sweater Dash, December 14, West Linn
- The Nutcracker at Oregon Ballet Theater, December 7-26, Portland
- Peacock Lane Lights, December 15-31, Portland
- Vancouver Community Tree Lighting, November 29, Vancouver
- Holidays at the Beach, November 29-December 1
- Christmas Ship Parade, December 7, Camas/Washougal
- Vancouver Farmers Holiday Market, November 29-December 1, Vancouver
HOOD RIVER AREA
- Mt. Hood RR Train To Chrismas Town, November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, & 16, Hood River
- Hood River Holidays Kick-Off Celebration, December 6, Hood River
- Starlight Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration, November 29, The Dalles
- Shore Acres State Park Holiday Lights, November 28-December 31, Coos Bay
- Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Candy Cane Express, November 30-December 22, weekends, Garibaldi
- Holiday Market, November 16-December 22, weekends, December 23-24, Eugene
- Springfield Christmas Parade, December 7, Springfield
- Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights, November 24 – January 1, Roseburg
- Ashland Festival of Lights, November 29, Ashland
- Festival of Trees, December 4-8, Medford
- Timber Town Toyland Light Parade, December 21, Sutherlin
- Timber Truckers Light Parade & Myrtle Creek Winter Festival, December 14, Myrtle Creek
Leave a comment! What are your favorite holiday events and family outings in SW Washington & Western and Southern Oregon?
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Miss Vee says
Salem Etsy Team Holiday Market, Salem, OR Fairgrounds 10 am – 5 pm December 1st, 2018
Emma Easley Darden says
Tuba Christmas! December 9th
The Albany, OR Christmas Storybook Land at the Linn County Fairgrounds is Free and very enjoyable.
For those of us with an EBT card (for SNAP benefits/ “food stamps”), many organizations offer tickets (year round) for just $5 each and you can usually buy 2 tickets for each event per person with an EBT card. From this list, I know Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Portland Baroque Orchestra offer this. See this website for more (or check out each org’s website under ticket information): http://racc.org/artsforall/
We also enjoy the free lights, displays, and hot chocolate and cookies at the Aspen Meadows ‘Celebration of Lights’, in Colton, OR. We go every year – it’s a tradition! They always have a different theme and displays each year. They have a kids’ candy cane lane, a big walk in “snow globe”, live music, and an old fashioned miniature train village. It’s way out in the middle of nowhere, but soooo worth it!
Another tradition for my family – The Festival of the Nativities in Vancouver, WA. This even is also free, and is a great way to focus on the “true reason for the season”. They have hundreds of nativities from all around the world, concerts, live nativity scenes, and a great kids’ room with crafts and activities, like a station where kids can dress up in nativity costumes and take their picture in a stable scene.
Julie Ellis says
A must-do free event that is only every other year is Storybook Lane south of Forest grove in Dilley. It’s a family run event every other year on the odd year. A must do this year. It’s been going on for many, many decades. You will be very impressed!!! 🙂 Visit their Facebook page for more details.