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Your Holiday List of Cool Yule Events in Portland

Things to do this week.

December 19, 2017

Now-Dec 21: The Annual Christmas Ship Parade, with 50 boats with Christmas lights cruise the Columbia River and the Willamette River.

Now - Dec. 28: The Train to Christmas Town, with a visit from Santa and his elves.  It’s a 75-minute train ride along the Columbia River.  With cocoa, cookies and music.

Now - Dec. 31 (4 to 9 p.m.): Lighting of Maddax Woods, 5785 River Street in West Linn. Follow colorful lights through the woods to a viewing platform on the Willamette.

Now - Dec. 26: Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. Drive through.  Billed as the largest light show in the Northwest.

Now - Dec. 30: Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto.  Features a walk among lights, choirs, carolers, a petting zoo, puppet shows, and hot chocolate. Closed 12/25.

Now - Dec. 31: Christmas in the Garden at Oregon Garden in Silverton.   600,000 lights, music, a Christmas market, ice skating, snowless tubing, and Santa. Closed Dec., 24, 25.

Now- Jan. 7, 2018: ZooLights transforms the Oregon Zoo into a Winter Wonderland! Closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1-4.

Now - Dec. 24: A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Brunish Theatre.

Now-Dec 23: The Miracle of a Million Lights.  Visit the Victorian Belle mansion and its 2.5-acre grounds for the lights and music.

Now-Dec 24: The Nutcracker is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance by Oregon Ballet Theatre at Keller Auditorium.

Dec 21 – 23: The Christmas Revels is a family-oriented celebration of the winter solstice with music, dance, song, theater, and humor at St. Mary’s Academy.

Dec 15 - 31 (6 to 11 p.m.): Lights on Peacock Lane.  On Dec. 15- 17 is closed to cars and open only to pedestrians!

Dec 22 : Celtic Yuletide at Alberta Rose Theatre.  Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and holiday songs.

December 23 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.): The Beat Goes On Marching Band Holiday Performance in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

December 21 (5 to 6 p.m.): Sing Portland performs Spirituals, Gospel and Christmas songs at Pioneer Square. Free.

Dec 22 – 23: Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music outside Pure Space. Free.

Dec 27: The Harlem Globetrotters at the Moda Center.

Dec 27 – 31:  Whale Watching Week. Volunteers will help you spot whales at 24 sites. Check with Depoe Bay Whale Center in Newport for locations.