SEE A COMPLETE LISTING OF HOLIDAY EVENTS IN OUR CURRENT WINTER ISSUE.
Through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland
Every holiday season, the Oregon Zoo transforms into a
sparkling wonderland of more than a million LED lights. More information.
Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP) Holiday Bazaar
Fridays-Sundays, through Sunday, Dec. 21
1910 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
CHAP brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. For $5/hour per art maker, artists have a wide variety of materials and projects available. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. More information.
Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway
Through Sunday, Dec. 28 | Various times
Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the “Largest
Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi,” the 22nd annual
Winter Wonderland will grab your attention with glimmers
and glows around every corner. Various hours and pricing; check website for details. More information.
Autism Society of Oregon's Visit with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 6 | Noon - 3 p.m.
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland
Autism-friendly Santa hosted by ASO. Families must pre-register for a 15-minute slot to meet Santa so no one has to wait in line. Please bring your own camera for photos. Registration required: email@example.com or (503) 636-1676. More information.
FACT Family Holiday Party
Saturday, Dec. 6 | 8-10 a.m.
Portland Children's Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland
The Portland Children’s Museum will open early for the FACT holiday party, featuring refreshments, a quiet room and Santa as a special guest! Registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information.
Christmas Ships Parade
Saturday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 20
Columbia and Willamette rivers
2014 marks the 60th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, an average fleet of about 55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Both fleets will be out most every night for two weeks beginning Dec. 6. (No ships run on Monday, Dec. 9). More information.
Happy Hour and talk with nonPareil Institute's Dan Selec
Monday, Dec. 8 | 6-8 p.m.
New Relic, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2800
Dan Selec is the creative innovator behind nonPareil Institute, including the construction of the business model and all software systems, including hardware and cloud infrastructure that currently run the nonPareil training and work platforms. There are currently efforts to develop a Portland campus of the nP Institute. More information.
Christmas Trees and Pony Rides at Oregon Dream Ponies
Through Friday, Dec. 12 | Noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment
16725 NE Hillside Drive, Newberg
Join the Oregon Dream Ponies for two weeks for pony rides, Christmas trees and the grand opening of the Pony Gift & Tack Store. Any Christmas tree valued at $25 or more gets a free pony ride. More information.
Old-Fashioned Holiday at the Water Resources Education Center
Saturday, Dec. 13 | 1-3 p.m.
4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver
Kids will delight in getting ready for the holidays by making
handcrafted gifts at this Second Saturday event! More information.
Sensitive Santa hosted by the Parent to Parent Coalition
Saturday, Dec. 13 | 2-4 p.m.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 5607 NE Gher Road, Vancouver
Meet in the gym for quiet play and then enjoy a
private meeting with out very own Gentle Santa. There will
be a light snack and small gift provided. There will also be a
photographer taking photos for those who can provide an
email address. Families with children ages birth-11: 2-3 p.m.; children ages 12+, 3-4 p.m. Call Brenda Tyrrell for details, (360) 953-1597. More information.
Northwest Down Syndrome Association Winter Social
Sunday, Dec. 14 | 12-2 p.m.
J.J. Jump, 9057 SE Jannsen Road, Clackamas
Annual Winter Social event for families of children with Down syndrome. Refreshments, photos with Santa Claus and activities for all ages! RSVP required: email@example.com. More information.