Magic is in the air in Portland. Every where you go has an extra special sparkle to it adding wonder and awe to all of your family outings. And if you are looking to experience a little extra wonder and awe, boy do we have the perfect events for you. From a Miracle of a Million Lights to Santa sightings everywhere, we’ve got your weekend fun lined up for you below. Scroll down for the details.

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NE Portland

Experience the Christmas Concert
Folk rock band Chasing Ebenezer and Betsy Lance will perform a Christmas concert to benefit Embrace Oregon! So get your soul in the Christmas spirit and bring your folks!  Chasing Ebenezer is a folk rock band fronted by husband and wife team Benjamin & Heidi Beth Sadler. In their soul-searching music. Chasing Ebenezer reflects a yearning for peace in the midst of turmoil.  Blending elements of soul, gospel, jazz, folk, and blues, Betsy Lance is a genre-bending singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She fronts two bands: neo-soul group The Easy and blues-folk ensemble Logger’s Daughter. All ages are invited to this free concert hosted by First Covenant Church, and all donations will go directly to Embrace Oregon – An Every Child Oregon Initiative. Join us and get in the holiday spirit alongside your family and friends! Fri. Event Details.

Heat to the Fremont Holiday Fest
Stroll the street at the annual Holiday Fest on Fremont. See the spectacular tree and get your photo taken with Santa and Mrs Claus, or Santa Paws. Stores will be open late with holiday crafts and games, discounts and refreshments. The Royal Blues will be caroling the street. Vote on your favorite Beaumont business wreath. Card making, s’mores, letters to Santa, reindeer food, karaoke & much more. Rain or Snow. Free. Fun for the whole family. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the Holiday Sale at PALS
Head to the Portland Art & Learning Studios for the annual Holiday Sale. All of the original paintings, drawings, ceramics, and textiles on display were created by artists experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities within our 10,000 sqft studio in the Alberta Arts District of Portland, OR. Proceeds directly support each artist. Sat. Event Details.


Enjoy Holiday PJ Night
Capture the excitement – and the cuteness!  Head to Santa’s Headquarters dressed in your favorite jammies to pose with Santa.  No PJs?  No problem, just go as you are.  Enjoy cocoa, cookie decorating & crafts. Plus, a special Mrs. Claus storytime from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended, but not required. Fri. Event Details.


Celebrate Winter Holidays at the Tram
Take some time before the holiday crush to relax with the kids at the Portland Aerial Tram.  There will be holiday-themed crafts so even the littlest ones can make a gift to share.  You can also pick up a Tram-logo item for the hard-to-please folks on your list. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend Rumpl’s World’s Largest Blanket Fort
Showcasing the World’s Largest Blanket Fort filled with music, activities, games, crafts, performers, and secrets.  Explore an almost 7,000 s.f. fort! The fort will be comprised of geodesic domes connected by tunnels, hidden rooms, and unique themes. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Attend POGO’s the Barber of Seville
Set in Alta California in the 1830s, we have retained all of Rossini’s buoyant good humor and added a fresh twist for audiences of all ages. Enjoyed by audiences of all ages, Portland Opera To Go’s adaptation of The Barber of Seville is targeted for students 3rd through 12th grades. Each year, Portland Opera To Go travels throughout Oregon and SW Washington schools and community venues with a full-staged 50 minute, English-language adaptation of a famous opera. Sat. Event Details.

Experience the 8 Holiday Express 2018
Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives. Vintage rail cars transport you through wilderness in the heart of the city. Round-trip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Don’t Miss the Miracle of a Million Lights
For most of the month of December, Victorian Belle is known as “The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and grounds. The entire 2.5 acres is filled with a million plus twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas wonderland! Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 10 uniquely-decorated Christmas trees and decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms. Enjoy homemade apple cider, holiday cookies, and other refreshments while being entertained with live musical performances by local performance groups and individual artists.  Take pictures and browse our gift shop for unique decorations and stocking stuffers. Santa will be there every night. Professional Pictures for an amazing price will be available for purchase.  Holiday movies played nightly. Sat. & Sun. Event Details

—Annette Benedetti