If you want holidays-as-usual, go to some other city. This time of year, Portland embraces the tradition of being untraditional in everything from shopping to Santas. With only a few days left of the holidays, it’s time to soak it all in.
Chabad of Oregon hosts its annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting December 22 through 30, bringing together the entire community in Director Park. The outdoor festivities bring a little more light—and a lot more togetherness—to Downtown Portland. The first night of Chanukah starts the holiday off with music, traditional foods and children’s crafts on Sunday, December 22 from 4-6pm. Whether you observe Chanukah or not, everyone is welcome to help celebrate the Festival of Lights. And there will definitely be a lot of light in this out of the ordinary twist on the holiday: The city’s menorah is a whopping 12 feet tall!
Finally, with only a few days to go until the end of the holiday season, you’re probably on the lookout for last-minute shopping opportunities. Whether you’ve checked off most of your gift-giving list or haven’t yet started, the Portland Saturday Market’s Festival of the Last-Minute has your back. Open daily from December 19 through 24, vendors offer handmade goods perfect to place under the tree or give alongside gelt. Steampunk accessories, CBD beauty products, delectable macarons, even jewelry made from upcycled skateboards—you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something for all your special someones.
December 22 is the last Sunday this season that you can park in Downtown Portland for free! Simply find a spot at one of downtown’s SmartPark garages and bring your ticket to the PDX Pop-Up Shops in Pioneer Place or Boys Fort on SW Morrison. You’ll get a $5 voucher—and smooth sailing to check off the last gifts on your list!
To make the most of the final days of the holiday season, then, head into Downtown Portland. You’re sure to find a new, quirky tradition you can’t wait to practice every year.
For more information on downtown events and happenings this season, please visit downtownportland.org