15 things to do in Portland this weekend: December to 27 to 29

Dec 27 2019, 1:00 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 27 to 29.

You won’t be disappointed.

Friday, December 27

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 27, 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 27, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1441 North McClellan Street, Portland
Admission: $5 to $8. Buy tickets here

What: Formed in 2004, this American rock band, based in San Fernando Valley in California, is just the way you want to spend your evening.

When: December 27, 2019
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: 830 E. Burnside Street, Portland
Admission: $25 to $30. Buy tickets here

What: Featuring members of M√°scaras, Dreckig, Bitch’n, &&&, Eagle Sun King, Point Juncture WA, Modernstate, Jippedo, and Quiet Countries, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical’s wall of sound is dedicated to expanding the music of Central and South America to the people and dance floors of the Pacific Northwest.

When: December 27, 2019
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $12 to $15. Buy tickets here

The Dope Show at the Curious Comedy Theater

What: Presented by comedian and ganja enthusiast Tyler Smith, The Dope Show is a comedy showcase in which comedians perform a sober set, take a short intermission to toke up, and get back on stage to perform under the influence!
When: December 27, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: 5225 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland
Admission: $15 to $25. Buy tickets here

Saturday, December 28

What: If you’re feeling up to breaking a leg on the dance floor, then head on over to 45 East to listen to some snazzy tunes by Brooklyn based DJ, Moon Boots.

When: December 28, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: 315 SE 3rd Avenue, Portland
Admission: $10 to $15. Buy tickets here

What: Tango Alpha Tango is a rock n’ roll band founded by husband and wife duo Nathan Trueb and Mirabai Carter. These Oregonians have earned a storied reputation as one of the northwest’s most entertaining and exciting rock n’ roll bands in the decade. They have been making records, touring, and bending genres like rock, blues, pop, and psychedelia into a sound all their own.

When: December 28, 2019
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $12. Buy tickets here

Krampus 2019, A Party Event for Adults Presented by The Victorian Belle

What: For one night only, the Victorian Belle Mansion in Portland will open for a fun party event for grown-ups only. This fun signature event will feature great food and beer. Enjoy the evening in your best Krampus costume and automatically enter for a chance to win a special prize.
When: December 28, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1441 North McClellan Street, Portland
Admission: $15. Buy tickets here

What: If you’re a lover of country music, then this concert is just where you need to be. Britnee Kellogg’s¬†love of country music started at nine years old, when she attended a Johnny Cash & June Carter-Cash concert.¬†Today, you‚Äôll find Britnee sharing the stage with the likes of Blake Shelton, Eric Paslay, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Little Big Town and Keith Urban. You may have also seen her on Season 11 and Season 12 of American Idol. She has a large fan base, with a local and worldwide following.

When: December 28, 2019
Time: Doors open at 9 pm
Where: 10350 N Vancouver Way, Portland 
Admission: $15 to $20. Buy tickets here

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

When: December 28, 2019
Time: 3 pm to 4 pm
Where: 2671 Northwest Vaughn Street, Portland 
Admission: $20. Buy tickets here

Sunday, December 29

What: These hair-raising Portland punks with fuzzy guitars and boundless energy will keep you entertained for hours. Dirty Princess Band creates an intelligent, raw power on stage unlike anything this world has witnessed for some time. This talented trio is made up of three women who go by the names of Jewlz Baptiste (Guitar, raw bending vocals). Francesca Bryk (Primal Percussion) and Mikayla Mayhew (Bellowing Bass-Guitar).

When: December 29, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: 3939 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: $5. Buy tickets here

What:¬†Show some love for your furry best friends, and help out animals in need at the same time!¬†Email a photo of your pet to [email protected]. The photo will then be transferred onto a 12×12 or 11×14 canvas and will be ready for you to paint when you come in.

The price of the event includes transfer, canvas, paint, and instruction. In addition, 10% of proceeds from all Paint-Your-Pet Sundays will be donated to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.

When: December 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver, Washington
Admission: $40. Buy tickets here

What:¬†Learn the ancient art of Ayurvedic cooking at this cooking class. You’ll learn everything there is to know about spices and how you can use them to enhance your cooking.

When: December 29, 2019
Time: 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: 2037 N Williams Avenue, Portland
Admission: Donations accepted. Register here

What: The first half of class will be focused on a slow vinyasa flow. Vinyasa means linking breath with movement, and in this way you will practice dropping into the body and learning to listen to its hidden messages, allowing the breath to guide the movement as the ultimate teacher. The second half of class will be a deeper stretch and opening, allowing the body to passively receive the medicine of yin yoga

When: December 29, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: 635 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland
Admission: Free. Register here

What: Reiki is a Japanese technique for promoting healing and relaxation. It is a non-invasive and gentle technique that is administered by the laying of the hands of the practitioner.

This group Reiki energy healing will be FREE and open to the public. If you study Reiki and would like to offer healing, you are welcome to aid in helping to heal the community. If you don’t have experience with the healing arts but wish to receive healing, you are more than welcome to join in to learn and experience Reiki. This is an open and safe space to all (POC and LGBTQ+ friendly).

When: December 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: 3912 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Admission: Free. Register here
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