There is no shortage of events and spectacles this Thanksgiving weekend, including the Macy’s parade, several tree lightings, and of course frenzied shopping. But what you’re really after is Canadian football and booze, right?! My picks are below, and make sure to visit our friends at Around the Sun, Blogging Portland on the Cheap, PDX Pipeline, and Oregon Events at OregonLive.com for even more!
Once again Portland’s historic Pittock Mansion is going all out for the holiday season. This year, from November 21 through January 2, the theme is Christmas Around The World.
“Every year, starting more than 40 years ago, dozens of volunteer decorators, designers, and local organizations donate their time and talents to transform Pittock Mansion into a Christmas wonderland for approximately 17,000 delighted visitors during the holiday season.” [more]
Alberta Main Street‘s Tannenbaum Madness is a walking window tour of whimsical, wacky and artistic trees.
“Tannenbaum Madness is an event, inviting families and art lovers to bundle up and take a stroll up Alberta Street this holiday season. Businesses up and down NE Alberta Street create a walking tour of whimsical, artistic, and unique holiday trees on display it in their front windows.” [more]
The 2011 ZooLights ignite for the first time on Friday, November 25. The sparkling lights and brilliant hues will be cast each evening (except Christmas Eve and Day) through January 1, 2012.
“More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes.” [more]
Though the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park) is closed on Thanksgiving Day, enjoy free admission on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 5pm until 8pm.
The museum offers free admission ever fourth Friday (5pm-8pm) of the month, so if you can’t make it this week, mark December 23, 2011 on your calendar! [more]
Portland artisan spirits pioneer, Clear Creek Distillery (2389 NW Wilson), will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Weekend Open House this Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 2011.
“We will be hosting guests in our production area, which is usually closed to the public, explaining our production process and providing tastings. Visitors can see the stills, fermentation tanks, etc., and see what we are currently making, as well as talk with the people who actually make our spirits.” [more]
Thanksgiving Day this year marks the 40th anniversary of the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacking, so it’s only appropriate that Portland will be playing host to a D.B. Cooper Symposium this weekend, on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Portland Hilton (921 SW 6th) to be exact. [more]
The 99th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League‘s championship game, takes place this Sunday, November 27, 2011.
This year BC Place Stadium will host the game. Unfortunately the half time entertainment is provide by Nickelback. The home-town BC Lions will be facing the Winnepeg Blue Bombers! [more]