Holiday Happenings for Families in Portland Area...

posted Nov 27, 2017, 1:00 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 1:00 PM ]
 Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have moved into the winter holidays.  This is such an exciting time for families to spend with their children!  Portland is a hop, skip and a jump away from Castle Rock.  Try some of the holiday fun going on all month there.  Here is a great resource!  PORTLAND HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN    How about HOLIDAY LIGHTS?  Here are some great ideas to keep everyone in the holiday spirit...
Each year, the Aspen Meadow light show has a different theme. This year, it’s “The Greatest is Love,” with the grounds designed to reflect the theme. Check out over 150,000 lights, carolers, an interactive children’s area, a miniature train village, videos, refreshments and more. Our lights display is free of charge — if you would like to bring a canned food donation to give to the Oregon Food Bank, there are donation barrels on site.
When: December 9-26; 5 pm-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 5 pm-11 pm Friday-Sunday.
Cost: Free!
Where: 24232 S. Upper Highland Road, Colton OR 97017. 503-784-7596

Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail,” decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment. You can also walk through a 40-foot castle with Christmas scenes, a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more. Plus, a bonfire nightly!
When: December 2-30, 6 pm-9 pm. Closed December 24 and 25.
Cost: $6 adult, $5 ages 12 and under (cash only)
Where: Wenzel Farm, 19754 South Ridge, Oregon City. 503-631-2047

There’s so much family-friendly fun at this annual light display, including ice skating, a holiday market, live music, food, fire pits, Santa visits, a snowless tubing track and more. Check out their schedule for more details on what’s going on each day.
When: November 24-December 31 (closed December 24 and 25), 5 pm-9 pm. Check out their schedule for specific hours.
Cost: Pre-purchase admission tickets for $8 for adults, $5 kids ages 5-12. Activity prices vary. Parking is an addition $5.
Where: 879 W Main, Silverton. 503-874-8100

The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat. Today, The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets, with brightly lit displays that can be seen from bank to bank on each river.
When: Parade starts between 5 pm and 7 pm nightly, December 1-21 (no parade December 3,4,5,11,12 or 18). Check their website for a detailed schedule and recommended public viewing spots.

The Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest choral festival in the world, with out 160 indoor holiday concerts. Family entertainment includes outdoor carolers, puppet shows, live animals and–of course–hot chocolate.
When: November 24-December 30, 5 pm-9:30 pm. Closed Christmas.
Cost: $11 for adults, $10 for seniors. $6 ages 3-12, free ages 0-2.
Where: NE 85th & Sandy. 503-261-2400

As always, this charming little street will be decked out in its shimmering finest. Avoid the vehicle congestion by parking a few blocks away and walking down the lane, but please be respectful of the neighbors.
When: 6 pm-11 pm December 15-31. Pedestrian-only nights TBA.
Where: SE Peacock Lane between Stark & Belmont

Described as the “largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi,” this is a great one for chilly days because you drive through it in your car! View over 250 colorful light set pieces and fully animated scenes from the toasty inside of your vehicle. Don’t have a car? You can bike the route on November 29th or walk it on December 6th.
When: November 24-December 26. Fridays and Saturdays 5 pm-11 pm; Sundays-Thursdays 5:30 pm-9:30 pm. Closed November 27. Open December 24 5 pm-11 pm and December 25 from 5:30 pm-9:30 pm.
Tuesday, November 28 is “bike the lights” night – $6, no cars.
Tuesday December 5 is “Lights and Leashes” night – $6, no cars. Thursday, December 7 is over 21 only.
Cost: $20-$22 per car. Additional costs for larger vehicles.
Where: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory. 503-232-3000

Enjoy the wonders of the season at Pittock Mansion’s annual holiday display, a Portland tradition for over 50 years. This year, experience the iconic places, people, and events of Portland—like Powell’s Books, Packy the elephant, and Peacock Lane—as they are incorporated into the decorative stylings of volunteers and professional designers who transform the Mansion into a holiday wonderland. Local musicians will play holiday music regularly in the mansion’s Music Room during the exhibit.
When: November 20-December 31, 11 am-1:30 pm and 2 pm-4 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Cost: $11 adults, $10 seniors $8 ages 6-18, free ages 0-6.
Where: 3229 NW Pittock. 503-823-3623

The historical Victorian Belle mansion and its 2.5 acre plot in North Portland is decked out with a million lights, 10 uniquely-decorated Christmas trees, themed rooms and decorations. You’ll also find a full railroad train display and chocolate and s’mores with Rudolph. Santa will be on site for family photos as well.
When: December 9-23, 6 pm-10 pm nightly.
Cost: $8 adults, $5 seniors and $4 children ages 4-17, free under 3. Bring in a canned food item for $1 off.
Where: 1441 McClellan ST., Portland, OR 97217. 503-970-0213

Source:  PDX Parent - Holiday Light Display Section