Now in its 56th year, the Christmas Ship Parade begins its run on Thursday, December 9 2010, with regularly scheduled runs through December 21.
“The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green with some ribbon where tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers. The next year the parade started to grow.” [more]
The 2010 Zoolights display stays lit at the Oregon Zoo through January 2 2011 . . . .
It’s not cheap, but the experience is memorable. Having grown up in Portland I visited the daytime Oregon Zoo (née Washington Park Zoo) numerous times in my childhood, but to see the place at night, with literal sheets of lights, lit up trees, and illuminated facsimiles of animals is quite the experience. [more]
Visit the Pittock Mansion during the Holidays (2010)
The public is invited in again to share in A Northwest Christmas: The Natural Beauty and Bounty of Oregon. The mansion will have been transformed into a holiday wonderland. Festive decorations, ribbon, garland, poinsettias, and more than 15 Christmas trees will fill the historic house. . .
The holiday display stays up until January 2nd. The mansion is open every day from November 22 until January 2nd 2011, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours daily are 11am until 4pm. [more]
All Aboard the Holiday Express
The 2010 Holiday Express begins boarding on Friday, December 3.
The Oregon Pacific Railroad operated trains depart Oaks Park Station for a 40 minute ride along the river. I don’t know how he finds the time, but Santa Claus will make an appearance on each train. [more]
Peacock Lane officially lights up for the 2010 holiday season on December 15 at 6pm.
Peacock Lane is a narrow residential street one block east of Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard (née 39th Ave) between SE Stark and Belmont. Since the 1920s the residents of this stretch of mostly Tudor style houses have gone hog wild with the Christmas lights. [more]
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