Life in Portland Blog

December 2013 Picks

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Winter is coming and the days are getting shorter and colder, but the good news is that the holidays are upon us! December is all about sitting by an open fire, sipping hot cocoa, and being surrounded by your family and friends as Old Man Winter blows up a gale outside. While we’ll be out there braving the weather with you – planning, shopping, celebrating, and caroling – we’re always on hand to assist with all your real estate needs.

Holiday Tea at the Heathman
Month of December, 11AM, 1PM & 3PM: The Heathman Hotel
The Tea Court is decked in Yuletide splendor and the Reamasters at the Heathman present a formal English tea complete with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and finger sandwiches.  If you’d rather be in London this year but can’t afford the trip, head over to the Heathman and create a new holiday tradition.

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights
Month of December, 5PM – 9:30PM : The Grotto
Hot cocoa, carolers, 150 choral performances, and more than 500,000 lights transfigure this 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden for the holiday season.

Twist Your Dickens
Dec. 1st-22nd : Gerding Theater at the Armory
Just when you were ready to say “Bah, humbug!” to Dicken’s tired holiday tale, Portland Center Stage and improv institution, Second City, gives Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the time-traveling ghosts a new, comedic treatment.

A John Waters Christmas
Dec. 6th, 7PM : Aladdin Theater
Legendary cult filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) delivers an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show. Poking fun at the holiday season with adult appropriate humor, Waters effectively puts “the X in Xmas” with a performance best suited for the open-minded and slightly left-of-center audience.

Holiday Market
Dec. 7th, 9AM-4PM : French American International School
Don’t miss this holiday market with its distinctly international atmosphere! Sample crepes, pastries, wine, and gourmet cheeses while shopping for unique and special gifts.

2013 Portland Masquerade Ball
December 14th, 9PM : Refuge 116 SE Yamhill
Get tickets to Portland’s fab Masquerade Ball featuring Portland’s own marching band MarchFourth (M4), Just People (Soul & Rock), PDX DJ Barisone, Apspara (Tribal-Nouveau Temple Dance group), Soul Trigger (Portland’s Popping Crew), plus stilt walkers and a hookah lounge all in one amazing night.  Get your tickets early and dress to impress!

23rd Annual Champagne Ball
Dec. 31st : Hilton Portland
This huge New Year’s Event celebration is attended by over 1,300 guests and includes four individually themed rooms, three dance floors, 17 bars, and a massive Champagne Ball countdown. So if you’re in the mood to party like it’s 2014, join in the fun at Portland’s longest running and most famous NYE party!