December is finally here and the holiday festivities have begun! This weekend kicks off some wonderful holiday fests, Christmas shopping, and charity events! However you choose to celebrate this holiday season there are plenty of great things to do this weekend.
Gingerbread Work of Art – Now through end of December
The Benson Hotel is continuing its long-standing tradition of creating a gingerbread masterpiece for the holiday season. For the 51st year, the historic Portland hotel has made a special gingerbread creation the centerpiece of its lobby, so you can view the spectacle for FREE! The impressive sculpture is always made entirely by hand, made entirely of confectionary delights and enchanting to all ages!
Fremont Holiday Fest – December 2nd
Stroll the street during Beaumont Village’s annual holiday event, Fremont Holiday Fest. Get your photo taken with Santa Claus or “Santa Paws.” Stores open late with treats, discounts, crafts and more.
Festival of Trees – December 2nd and 3rd
A Portland tradition for 40 years, the Providence Festival of Trees features a full schedule of elegant events and community celebrations at the Oregon Convention Center. This magical setting is the perfect place to kick off the holiday season. Proceeds benefit Providence Children’s Health which provides health care to more than 20,000 children with special healthcare needs every year. You’ll see stunning Christmas trees and displays decorated by local businesses, designers, florists and volunteers. As a gala guest, you can enter to win spectacular raffles, bid in live and silent auctions, and donate to raise money for children with special health care needs. Don’t miss your chance to support a good cause!
Portland Holiday Market – December 3rd and 4th
Shop over 160 of Portland’s best-emerging brands & designers all under one roof, browsing everything from clothing and accessories to art, jewelry, gourmet treats and home goods — all while meeting the designers and small business owners. At the Portland Holiday Market you’ll enjoy free food and beverages, live music, photo booths, and more. Plus, all tickets include free amenities and perks like a limited edition tote, gift wrapping, family fun zone and more!