Your tummies are bulging from a day full of binging. With family gathered for a long weekend of fun…what is there to do? Well, pull on those stretchy pants and get ready for some holiday cheer. Portland is ramping it up with plenty of seasonal plays, a Cinnamon Bear Cruise, a chance to do some art and a variety of other fun activities. Read on to find out what we think you and your loved ones should do with your precious time together this weekend.

photo: via Portland Spirit Cruises fb

SW Portland

Black Friday Sale
Stop by Sky High Sports on Black Friday for jumping good deals. Stock up for yourself and as gifts for your friends and family. Fri. Event Details.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Portland Ballet presents John Clifford’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a witty confection of a ballet, on Thanksgiving weekend. The magic begins with excited buzzing in the enchanted forest and ends with a grand pas de deux to celebrate a royal wedding. Along the way, fairies feud and stir up mischief, a merry buffoon turns into a donkey, and the queen of the fairies falls in love with him. The PSU orchestra and soloists from PSU’s acclaimed opera program perform Mendelssohn’s gorgeous music live at every concert. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

SCRAP Craft Friday
Buy nothing, make everything at Craft Friday with SCRAP PDX! Avoid the cold overnight lines and insane stampedes on Black Friday. Instead head to SCRAP PDX for Craft Friday, a fun, family-friendly crafting event. They will have craft tables throughout the store with knowledgeable and dedicated guides. Each table will feature a different craft focused on reusing materials in new and interesting ways! From giftables to decorations, these crafts will bring holiday whimsy into your heart and home. Join for a quick craft or stay the whole day! Fri. Event Details.


It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than million and a half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.  In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts. Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be available at the events through December 23 for photos. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Diving Santa at Oregon Zoo
Watch Diving Santa hang out with the resident harbor seals. Santa takes a festive holiday dive in Steller Cove, joining popular zoo resident harbor seals Kaya, her mother Atuun, Tongass and recent Chicago transplant Sterling, who is 31. Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Amazing Bubble Man
The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 35 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed 12 years of sell-out success. Fri. Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Magic & Wonder: an Improvised Fairy Tale
This fantastical improvised show uses your child’s imagination to inspire a brand new fairy tale that will premiere right before their eyes! Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar
For the past 38 years, the Christmas Bazaar has been a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition for thousands of families! And for good reason, you can find hundreds of handcrafted gifts made by local and regional artisans and craftspeople. The handcrafted sections of the show are juried, so only the best-of-the-best is allowed to display. The entire show is filled with hundreds more gift ideas as well; it’s the most complete gift show of its kind in the Northwest! Sat. Event Details.


Christmas in the Garden
Enter a charming winter wonderland and find yourself surrounded by live music, artisan vendors, ice skating, snowless tubing and plenty of holiday cheer at Christmas in the Garden, at The Oregon Garden. New this year, we’ve added 400,000 lights for a total of one million lights!

Walk through the 100-foot long Candy Cane tunnel, enjoy light displays inspired by your favorite holiday movies, and listen to carolers spread Christmas cheer. Ice skate with your friends and family, tube down the snowless tubing hill, and warm up by a fire pit. Continue the night by taking pictures with Santa. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


The Cinnamon Bear Kids Cruise
Be the guests of honor on this two-hour cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music and magic. Have your picture taken with the Cinnamon Bear himself atop his magical throne. Enjoy the company of a host of characters including, Cinnamon Bear, Queen Melissa, Crazy Quilt Dragon and Captain Taffy. Make this a holiday your child will remember forever. Fun for children of all ages! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti