We’ve all been bracing for what is feared to be a rough winter in the pandemic department. This holiday season may not be the usual. A lot of us are missing our families. We’re sad that we won’t get to do the annual white elephant office party exchange. And, yes, we’re overwhelmed by the state of the world. So, it is more important than ever to keep those spirits up. Here are a few ideas for celebrating safely.
Portland International Raceway is hosting the annual Winter Wonderland drive-thru light extravaganza. Usually, there are bike ride and dog walking nights, but this year being what it is you have to stay safely in your car with members of your own household on all nights. There are still a few tickets available for Christmas Day and after. Contributions help support Sunshine Division.
December 22 is the last night of the long running Christmas Ships tradition. Watching parties are banned this year, but you can still find a socially distant place to watch the ships go by along the Willamette or Columbia Rivers. You can find more info about the times and routes by clicking here.
Since you couldn’t be there in person, stream performances that were recorded live of Christmas at the Old Church, Christmas at the Grotto, and (this one sounds fun) Christmas Sing-a-Long. Tickets are available right here. And proceeds from the sale help support musician who have been out of work this year due to the pandemic.
The Cinnamon Bear has been a holiday tradition in the Northwest for more than 80 years! This year being what it is, the show has been adapted as a vehicle-based live musical production and sing-along. Limited tickets still available here. (You can also donate tickets to families who may be hurting financially.)
Ring-a-ding-ding in the Christmas season with Broadway Rose’s Christmas My Way; A Sinatra Holiday Bash. Get tickets to stream what is sure to be a fun show.
Catch the Christmas *sprit* (see what we did there?) by streaming A Christmas Carol. Family Tickets are available for streaming at The Armory.
U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms. Click here for a list of farms near Portland.
Zoo Lights! Adapting to the current times, Zoo Lights has gone drive-thru. Click for more info and tickets.
Get your shopping done and support small with Crafty Wonderland. The annual convention center event isn’t happening, but all the amazing handcrafted goods are available online.
It wouldn’t be December in Portland unless PDXers were constantly worrying about snow. So, go ahead. Check the weather.