You have unwrapped the very last present, the kids are all sugared up from eating candy canes and hot chocolate for breakfast, what’s next on your Christmas Day to-do list? From perusing dazzling light displays to catching a flick or live theater, there’s plenty to keep your clan busy after the buzz of finding out what Santa delivered wears off. Read on to find out what some of our recommendations for making your holiday extra merry and bright are.


Photo: Imago Theatre via flickr 

1. Nothing is more magical then wandering through a magical light show and Portland has a plethora. Peacock Lane is the perfect place to start and you can find a list of fantastic displays to check out throughout the greater Portland area. Don’t forget to bring some hot chocolate along!

2. There’s no reason to stay cooped up inside! Pack the kids up and do what Portlanders do best. Get active! Go on a hike, or a bike ride, or consider grabbing some sleds and heading to the hills for some snowy fun.

3. The Lighting of Maddax Woods in West Linn is a must attend event on Christmas Day evening. As amazing as the lights are, trying to find the adorable woodland creatures is a game the whole crew will want to play.

4. Hitting the theaters on Christmas is a tradition for many families. Nothing is quite as cozy as finding a family flick grabbing popcorn and some sodas and cuddling up in front of the big screen.

5. Spread cheer and spend your holiday volunteering. Potluck in the Park offers the perfect opportunity to help others. It is located at the Portland Art Museum. Register through Hands On Portland,.

Photo: Jeff Muceus via Flickr

6. Do you have singers in your family. Portland has a giant music community. Consider going caroling in your neighborhood. Even better, call up local hospitals or nursing homes and see if they accept guests who bring holiday cheer. Bake some cookies to bring along and hand out along the way.

7. Do you have a family full of adrenaline junkie? Pack up your skis and snowboards,  check the weather conditions on Mt. Hood and then hit the slopes.

8. Live theater is a great way to make memories on Christmas. Catch the holiday family spectacle La Belle Lost in the World of the Automation at Imago Theater. You don’t want to miss this giant art work of a play with 100 moving parts that will engage you like no other show.

FlyingPhoto: Randen Pederson via flickr

9. “Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!” Check out your favorite holiday tree while sipping on hot cider, chocolate, or coffee. We have a great list with locations here.

10. Downtown Portland is beautiful and it’s especially enjoyable when the streets are mostly empty, like they will be on Christmas day. Head down and wander through the indoor and outdoor malls. Take in the decorations and magical displays.

What is your family’s favorite thing to do on Christmas Day. Share in the comment section below

—Annette Benedetti