This weekend will be filled with holiday lights, pigs, shopping, and dance parties. It’s starting to get chilly out there, so if you are go to any of these events, bundle up and head out to enjoy all the fun.
Chabad of Oregon Menorah Lighting – December 12th – 20th
For the 34th year, Chabad of Oregon will hold a public menorah lighting in Director Park. The lighting ceremony started on Tuesday, December 12th, but you can continue to celebrate through December 20th. Grab a friend or a family member and head over to Director Park. Lighting times are available here.
Peacock Lane Pedestrian Nights – December 15th – 17th
Have you ever enjoyed the holiday lights over on the east side of Portland? Each house in this quaint Southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with sparkling lights, nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees, life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty, and more. This family-friendly weekend event won’t disappoint. Traffic can get a bit heavy, so visitors are encouraged to visit the lights by foot. There’s free street parking several blocks away, and public transportation is available too! Pedestrian only nights are on December 15th, 16th and 17th, so if you love lights, grab a few to bring along for the fun and stop by from 6pm – 10pm. You can also opt to drive through Peacock Lane from December 18th – 31st, just remember to respect residents when driving, parking and viewing their beautiful displays.
Pet-A-Pig – December 16th
Stay weird, Portland! You’ll officially be able to hang out with therapy support pigs and help two great local nonprofits starting on Saturday at 12! You will also have the opportunity to meet Portland’s celebrity potbelly pig, P. Iggy. It’s an out of the box experience where you’ll be able to smile, spread holiday cheer, and support a good cause. All suggested donations go to Q Center and Blanchet Farm Addiction recovery farm.
“Come As You Are” 90s Dance Flashback – December 16th
Come one, come all. If you like to dance, you’ll be able to showcase your finest moves to songs of the 90s. This Saturday night event is featuring music by Nirvana, Snoop Dog, T.L.C., Beastie Boys and so much more. Not a dancer? Fear not! If you thought you couldn’t dance to 90s music, the DJs at Crystal Ballroom will change your mind!
Festival of the Last Minute – December 16th – 24th
‘Tis the season for the Festival of the Last Minute! And as with any welcome holiday tradition, Portland Saturday Market returns with its one-stop event this weekend for all those who’ve delayed starting their shopping — and those who simply don’t want to stop. So basically, everybody. To make things easy, this festival will be open daily from December 16 right through Christmas Eve. Similar to Saturday Market, the holiday festival will feature local and unique, handcrafted gifts, exotic food, and entertainment. Grab your wallet and get your holiday shopping done on Naito Parkway with a view of the water just steps away.