Some shops and activities and bars and restaurants do stay open on the holiday – you just need to know which ones.
I’ve done the ground work, now get out of the house on Christmas Day 2011!
Powell’s Books (1005 W Burnside). The downtown Powell’s is open 10am to 6pm on Christmas Day (9am to 7pm Christmas Eve).
Bowling. Grand Central Bowl (SE 8th and Morrison), and many other bowling alleys, are open on Xmas day.
Movies. Catch a movie – many movie theaters are open on the Holiday.
BARS, CAFES, and RESTAURANTS
Rialto (529 SW 4th). This downtown institution is open 365 days a year. Play some pinball or pool, while enjoying your beer. Watch basketball on the ginormous TVs.
Jam on Hawthorne (2239 SE Hawthorne) is open for both breakfast (9am-2pm) and dinner (5pm-10pm) on Xmas Day.
The Cheerful Tortoise is open from 11am until 2:30am on Xmas Day.
Basement Pub (1028 SE 12th). Formerly the smokiest bar in town®, the Basement is open on Xmas day!
Mary’s Club (129 SW Broadway), of course, is always open.
Portland City Grill (111 SW 5th) is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (noon-9pm).
Radio Room (1101 Northeast Alberta) will also be open again this year for Christmas brunch and dinner, from 9am to 2am. Brunch will be served from 9am to 3pm, and Dinner service will be from 4pm to 9pm. And the Happy Hour menu will be available from 9:00 pm to close. Reservations are accepted too!
And finally, for a comprehensive list visit PortlandBarFly.com‘s Bars open in Portland 365 days a year
Also try truck stops (seriously! Jubitz, for example), Chinese places, hotel restaurants.
Portland Food and Drink‘s annual list of restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas day is now live!
TriMet’s Christmas Day schedule: TriMet buses, MAX trains, and the Streetcar will run on Sunday schedules. No WES service though!
The information in this post is compiled through a combination of hearsay, website perusals, assumptions, and direct contact – please do not take it as gospel; if you don’t want to make a fruitless trip out, give the place a call first!