I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but our holiday calendar is already filling up the month of December. It’s going to be hard to fit in all these fun events next month!
The Lights on Peacock Lane is free and from what I can tell when I drive by it on the freeway, very beautiful. This might be the year we actually visit it!
The Grotto’s Festival of Lights isn’t free, but it’s a beautiful place, worth the $9 adult admission fee.
Pittock Mansion gets gussied up for Christmas. This year’s theme is “A Locally Crafted Christmas.” Last year I went with my mother-in-law and we had a great time. Not recommended for children under 3. $8.50 adult admission (watch out for Groupon or Living Social deals).
Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo is buy one, get one admission free on December 10. Since the train is out of commission this year, I’m not sure if we’ll make this one a priority.
The Mt. Hood Railroad Polar Express (I wrote about last year’s ride here) isn’t free OR cheap, but it was great fun last year. I’m hoping to convince our friends (and my husband!) that we should do it again this year.
The Journey to Bethlehem and Follow the Star are both free outdoor living nativities. We went to the Journey to Bethlehem last year and it was well worth the hour wait. Live Christmas music is provided to entertain you while you wait your turn to participate, and it is really something to see a camel up close and personal. I highly recommend it, especially for kids!
New to me: the Christmas Ship Parade. It’s free from various viewing sites. Also new for our family is an attempt to sit through a classical music performance with a two-year old! We’re starting with a free performance of Handel’s Messiah. Get your tickets here.
What are your favorite holiday-related things to do in the Portland area? I’d love to hear your ideas, especially the cheap and free ones.
Last year we also went to the Pearson Air Museum* (free) and tried to take a picture with Santa. Let’s just say Santa and Future President aren’t the best of friends.
*The fate of the Pearson Air Museum is up in the air!