Celebrating the Holidays in Parks

By Julia Benford

In December, Portland comes alive for the holidays in its own special way. We have  made a list of our favorite events happening in parks throughout Portland. The weather outside might be chilly, but these holiday happenings are sure to make you feel warm and cozy.

Christmas Ship Parade: Ongoing through December 21st

Since 1954, ships adorned in Christmas lights have navigated the Willamette in the annual Christmas Ship Parade, which has become a beloved city tradition. Although the route changes nightly, there are opportunities to view ships from several parks along the river. Check the schedule and route here to see when the parade is coming to a park near you.


Pioneer Courthouse Square Holiday Events: Ongoing through 12/23

Pioneer Courthouse Square is hosting a different family-friendly holiday event almost every day.  Highlights include traditional Old English carolers (December 15th), a pirate-themed holiday performance perfect for the family (December 16th), and free roasted nuts from NW Nuts (December 18th). Click here for a full schedule.


Pittock Mansion Christmas: Ongoing through 12/31

Following in a 50-year tradition  of majestic holiday displays,  Pittock Mansion is celebrating the city’s most iconic people, places, and events  this year. Trimet is offering a free holiday shuttle to Pittock Mansion starting December 16th, making it easy to take in the spectacular sights.