Oregon & SW Washington Weekend Planner:  December 8-10, 2023

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PORTLAND:  

MENORAH LIGHTING

Aiming to have 1,800 people join the Menorah Lighting in Portland’s Pioneer Square, the vision is to generate 1,800 points of light, ignite 1,800 Chanukah candles, and join together with over 1,00 voices singing “Maoz Tzur Yeshuati” — “O mighty stronghold of my salvation”.

 
PDX POP-UP SHOPS
Announcing the exciting unveiling of the lineup for this year’s holiday PDX Pop-Up Shops. This program transforms vacant retail spaces in downtown Portland into vibrant, temporary destinations for local designers and artists. 


HOLIDAY EXPRESS
Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind the 1912 Polson #2 steam locomotive. The Holiday Express is decorated in festive cheer, and the heated vintage rail cars transport you along the Willamette River in the heart of the city.


ZOOLIGHTS
Kids and adults agree: it wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights. Enjoy an immersive and dazzling display of millions of lights.


VANCOUVER:   

CHRISTMAS SHIPS PARADE

View the annual Christmas Ships Parade from the Vancouver Waterfront this December! Take a stroll along the Waterfront Renaissance Trail or make reservations at a waterfront restaurant or winery patio.


VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
The Vancouver Farmer’s Market is Southwest Washington’s #1 visitor attraction and home to more than 100 vendors. You’ll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. 


THE COAST: 


GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
Back again for a second year by popular demand, the Seaside Gingerbread House Contest will run from Nov. 22 to Dec. 10, 2023. Stroll our holiday-lighted streets, make holiday purchases, check out all the amazing gingerbread creations and VOTE for your favorite gingerbread house online.


CANDY CANE EXPRESS

Take in the views of the beautiful Oregon coastline while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies on this festive steam-powered excursion. Write letters to Santa while traveling along and visit with the jolly man himself! The train is lit up with Christmas lights to get your family in the festive spirit. Candy Cane Express is a wonderful holiday experience for both the young, and the young at heart!


CENTRAL OREGON:


MAGICAL MARKETS OF MERRIMENT
Join Bend’s #1 Plant shop and Theater, for their third annual Magical Markets of Merriment! 4 different market weekends with rotating makers and goodies. Come meet Sandra Claus, grab a fresh baked cookie, drink a butterbeer, and get all your holiday gifting done locally.


HOLIDAY MAKERS MARKET

Crux is hosting a Holiday Makers Market! Come out to our Bend Tasting Room; we’ll have loads of vendors in our brewhouse selling their handmade items, brunch until 2, and as always, lots of beer.



POPULAR ON NETFLIX/HULU/DISNEY+

THE GRINCH
The Grinch hatches a scheme to ruin Christmas when the residents of Whoville plan their annual holiday celebration. (Netflix)


THE HOLIDAY
Two women, one from America and one from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship. (Hulu) 


HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK
Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad’s credit card—despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, the Wet Bandits, he’s determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store on Christmas eve. (Disney+)

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