Dining Picks

Where to Get Lunar New Year Dishes & Treats in Portland

From bánh tét to nian gao, mark the holiday with dumplings, noodles, and more from Vietnam, Korea, China, and beyond.

01/18/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holiday Guide

10 Restaurants Throwing New Year’s Eve Dinners in Portland

Prix fixe menus, caviar with a Peruvian twist, and walk-in wine bashes—there’s plenty going on in town on the last day of the year.

12/22/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Matthew Trueherz

Holiday Guide

Where to Grab Dinner, Desserts, and Holiday Drinks for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve

Sometimes, holidays call for relaxing and letting someone else do the cooking. Here are Portland restaurants and bakeries for holiday dine-in and takeout.

12/13/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Events

The Best Holiday Shows in Portland This Season

‘The Nutcracker’ at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Yuletide drag shows, Pink Martini brings in the new year, and more

12/06/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Recipe

Make Shop Halo Halo’s Bright Purple Ube Crinkle Cookies

Move over, chocolate mint—purple yam jam is here, starring in this cookie recipe courtesy of a Filipino dessert pop-up in Portland.

12/01/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Michael Novak

Outdoors

What to Do in Oregon in December

Check out lights at the coast, make a wreath at Silver Falls State Park, hunt for ornaments in the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests, and more.

11/30/2022 By Portland Monthly Staff

Nifty Gifties

Can’t-Miss Holiday Markets and Pop-Ups in Portland

Some of Portland's best online shops are coming to the real world this season, joining annual bazaars like Crafty Wonderland and Unique Markets.

11/28/2022 By Cami Hughes and Margaret Seiler

Holidays

9 Sparkly, Must-See Holiday Lights Displays in Oregon

Twinkly shows at the Oregon Zoo, Peacock Lane, the Oregon Garden, and more

11/26/2022 By Cami Hughes With Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Holidays

Where to Get a Christmas Tree near Portland

Here are 11 of our favorite farms and stands to get a Christmas tree, whether you want to pick it off a lot or chop it down yourself in a u-cut field.

11/25/2022 By Cami Hughes With Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas: Small in Size, Big in Spirit

From airpods to earrings to dog toys, these local treasures prove a little goes a long way.

11/24/2022 Photography by Michael Novak By Dalila Brent

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Portlanders Who Love to Travel and Get Outdoors

From sunglasses to satchels, equip the adventurers in your life with the goods they need to go the distance.

11/23/2022 By Dalila Brent Photography by Michael Novak

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Portland Homes

Make an impression this holiday by thinking outside the box, and inside our local community, with these Oregon finds.

11/22/2022 Photography by Michael Novak By Dalila Brent

Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Portland Foodies

Chocolate, coffee, chunky mugs, and sharp knives—you can't go wrong with these local kitchen finds.

11/21/2022 By Dalila Brent Photography by Michael Novak

Holidays

Where to Get Thanksgiving Dine-In and Takeout in Portland

Reservations for tables and takeout packages are going quickly.

11/15/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Isabel Lemus Kristensen, and Matthew Trueherz

Travel

Get Good and Festive at These 6 Pacific Northwest Holiday-Ready Hotels

Find gingerbread displays, an alpine village full of lights, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more at these holiday-ready hotels and resorts.

10/26/2022 By Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Halloween

7 Portland Neighborhoods That Go Bump in the Night

Whether you're chauffeuring a group a trick-or-treaters or just in the mood for over-the-top decor, these homes prove there's no shortage of creativity in the Rose City.

10/19/2022 By Sam Stites

Halloween

Portland’s Best Halloween Entertainment for the Scare-Averse

Not into buckets of blood or strangers chasing you down darkened hallways? Still want to get in on the season's festivities? Look no further.

10/18/2022 By Conner Reed

Spooky Season

What to Do for Halloween in Portland

An entire month of horror at Clinton Street, giant pumpkin races, Halloween half-marathons, and more this October in Portland, Oregon

09/28/2022 By Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Fourth of July

Where to Catch Big Fireworks Displays around Portland and Beyond This Fourth of July

Find the rockets' red glare at Portland’s Waterfront Park, Oaks Amusement Park, coastal towns like Astoria and Seaside, and more

06/28/2022 By Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Valentine's Day

Build-a-Bear’s Adult V-Day Collection, Ranked by How Much I Want to Date Each Character

We've crunched the numbers on the prospects of Pawlette, Lovable Lion, and more critters from the company's new adult-oriented After Dark collection.

02/10/2022 By Conner Reed