December 8th, 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM | The Nines Hotel
Enjoy hot chocolate while you decorate a gingerbread house at this annual event benefiting the Junior League of Portland. Everything you need to build your dream house of sweets is provided, from the gingerbread house itself to the frosting, plus a large array of tasty trimmings available in the large candy buffet.
December 8th, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Pioneer Courthouse Square
Downtown Portland will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as nearly 300 tubas play in unison for the 28th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert. You aren’t limited to listening to this impressive, seasonal performance—tuba and euphonium players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.
WINTER SOLSTICE & CHRISTMAS SHIPS
December 15th, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Milwaukie Bay Park
Milwaukie’s annual Winter Solstice event is an opportunity to gather with friends and family to celebrate the coldest and darkest part of the year. Enjoy a hot drink while you watch the Christmas Ships parade, and warm up by the big bonfire.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN CONCERT
December 15th - 16th | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Tim Burton’s fantastical tale of the Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, and Sandy Claws comes to life on the big screen, complete with Danny Elfman’s film score performed live. Costumes are encouraged, so dress as your favorite citizen of Halloween Town for this spooky holiday performance.
WHALE WATCHING WEEK
December 27th - 31st | Oregon Coast
Nearly 20,000 gray whales travel south past the Pacific Northwest coast on their way to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico. During Whale Watching Week the Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at 24 of the best whale watching sites along the Oregon coast to educate visitors and help spot these majestic animals.