15 things to do in Portland this weekend: December to 20 to 22

Dec 20 2019, 3:40 pm

It’s never a boring weekend here in Portland. If you are at a loss for how to spend your time, fear not. We’ve got you. Check out these 15 fun events taking place from December 20 to 22.

You won’t be disappointed.

Friday, December to 20

Safeway Winter Wonderland


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What: Winter Wonderland is Pacific Northwest’s largest holiday light show with over 250 light displays. Enjoy this dazzling event with your loved ones while sipping on hot chocolate.

When: December 20, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: 1940 North Victory Boulevard, Portland
Admission: Tickets start at $20. Buy them here

The Miracle of a Million Lights


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What: Head on over to the classic Victorian Belle for a special holiday celebration, where the entire mansion and gardens will be decorated with spectacular lights, transforming this landmark into a holiday wonderland.

When: December 20, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1441 North McClellan Street, Portland
Admission: $5 to $8. Buy tickets here

Tour and Tasting Freeland Spirits

What: Freeland Spirits is one of very few women-owned and -run distilleries in history. Enjoy Tour and Tasting and treat yourself to a unique gin and whiskey experience.

When: December 20, 2019
Time: 3 pm to 4pm
Where: 2671 Northwest Vaughn Street, Portland
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here

What: This highly crowd-interactive production is a satirical musical recreation of Batman Returns, is directed and adapted by Megan Tabaque, and will feature a full cast of performers from Austin and Portland

When: December 20, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm
Where: 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland
Admission: $30. Buy tickets here

What: This intimate evening with Southern rock songwriter Patterson Hood will feature rock music from the critically acclaimed rock and roll band Drive-By Truckers.

When: December 20, 2019
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: 830 E. Burnside Street, Portland
Admission: $20 to $25. Buy tickets here

Saturday, December 21

What: Bring the whole family to meet Santa and his Reindeer for a magical holiday memory at Shorty’s Garden Center.¬†Don’t forget your camera to capture fun photos of the reindeer!

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 10006 SE Mill Pain Boulevard, Portland
Admission: $6 to $20. Buy tickets here

What: This low-key, sophisticated dating event is devoid of cheesy name-tags and over-the-top party trimmings. It’s the perfect opportunity to find a companion for concerts, festivals, or shows. Unleash your inner foodie, adventure junkie, or health and wellness guru.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: 2422 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland
Admission: $34.25. Buy tickets here

Gingerbread House Party

What: Enjoy a¬†fun afternoon of decorating your own personal Gingerbread House while sipping on wine. The event includes a pre-assembled “Tiny Gingerbread House,” icing, candy to decorate and one beverage of your choice including wine, holiday sangria, beer, hot cider or hot cocoa.
When: December 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 4510 SE 23rd Avenue, Portland
Admission: $25. Buy tickets here

What: Wondering how to make a moist, perfectly cooked turkey and how to select the best size for your holiday meal? Then this cooking class is just what you need.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 3 to 4 pm
Where: 5035 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland 
Admission: Free. Register here

What: Unwind, and destress with an evening of yoga, and meditation at Prana Yoga Center.

When: December 21, 2019
Time: 8:15 am to 9:30 am
Where: 635 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland 
Admission: Free. Register here

Sunday, December 22

What: The first half of class will be focused on a slow vinyasa flow, and the second half will be a deeper stretch and opening, allowing the body to passively receive the medicine of yin yoga.

When: December 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Where: 635 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland
Admission: Free. Register here

What: Midnight gravy is a late-night stand-up showcase featuring Mark Normand and Curtis Cook.

When: December 22, 2019
Time: 11:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: 4800 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland 
Admission: $0 to $5. Buy tickets here

What: The smash hit, Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is about to spark a revolt on the NWCT stage. An inspiring, heart-breaking, captivating masterpiece, Matilda¬†revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and a girl who won‚Äôt let being ‚Äúlittle‚ÄĚ stop her from putting an unjust world right.

When: December 22, 2019
Time: Times vary, check schedule here
Where: 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland
Admission: $9.50 to $11.50. Buy tickets here

What: If you’re craving paella, then hit up Bar Casa Vale for their Paella nights. They have vegan options too!

When: December 22, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: 215 Southeast 9th Avenue, Portland
Admission: Reserve a table here

What: Queer Eye for the Magi is a holiday show like no other. Portland singers Dru Rutledge and Jimmy Wilcox are back with new music and even more hijinks than last year‚Äôs sold-out shows. This year will be bigger and better as they will be joined by the fabulous and fierce Mon√©t X Change, winner of RuPaul‚Äôs Drag Race All Stars ‚Äď Season 4. It will be an outlandish evening of holiday songs and drag performances. It‚Äôs the perfect way to celebrate the holigays.

When: December 22, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland
Admission: $25 to $80. Buy tickets here