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Glimmering holiday boats brighten the rivers. Cozy sweaters fill the breweries. Rose City opts for poinsettias. ‘Tis the season for holiday fun in Portland, and the Kimpton Vintage is your starting point for joyful tidings.

Get your shopping done in bustling boutiques, then indulge in your pick of peaceful light displays – along the river, at the Oregon Zoo, in a SE Portland neighborhood, or with the Grotto’s soundtrack of renowned choral performances.

Book your Portland Christmas visit today. You’ll experience a Pacific Northwest winter wonderland – and maybe even catch a snow flurry or two. Check out our Hotel Events & Activities Calendar for what’s happening and our Local’s Guide to Portland for more things to do.

Explore Holiday Events Near Our Portland Hotel

the nutcracker ballet in Portland Oregon

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

December 8-24

Chances are when you think of festive cheer, the soundtrack in your mind includes the first notes of the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Book yourself an outing to the Oregon Ballet Theater to take in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, exquisite costumes and nostalgic scenes of families out to the theater in their holiday best.

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Christmas Ships Parades

December 1-17

First launched back in 1954 by one solitary festive sailboat, Portland’s Christmas Ships fleets now boast 50-60 boats lighting up Portland’s waterways each holiday season. Book dinner at a riverside restaurant or just stroll along the Columbia River or Willamette River, joining local crowds taking in the twinkling tradition.

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Christmas light display Oregon Zoo

ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo


One of Portland’s merriest holiday traditions involves exploring the winter wonderland of lights at the Oregon Zoo. Reserve your expedition through twinkling trees, spellbinding animal silhouettes and even a light-spun zoo train – then head to a brewery to warm up.

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festival of lights the Grotto Portland

Christmas Festival of Lights


A peaceful walk-through event, the Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto claims the title of “largest Christmas choral festival in the world.” Beneath a chapel with cathedral-like acoustics, 150 holiday concerts performed by local schools and community organizations set the atmosphere at this dazzling festival of lights – and kid’s activities make it a holiday highlight for the family.

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Christmas Lights on SE Peacock Lane


Every self-respecting American town claims a storied neighborhood where the holiday lights are always on point. Portland’s is on SE Peacock Ln. For wholesome, low-key holiday memories, drive through this quaint, Tudor-filled neighborhood or park your car and stroll the sidewalks with some cocoa on one of the designated car-free nights.

Plan Your Visit

vintage steam locomotive in Portland

Portland Holiday Express

There’s no Christmas experience jollier than hopping aboard vintage rail cars gliding along the Willamette River, pulled by a 1912 Polson #2 steam locomotive. Santa Claus and the elves are scheduled to join the adventure each night, and you can reserve your spot now.

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