Here’s to a great weekend! Read on for five of our favorite Portland-area events from our popular Kids Calendar.

Don’t forget to bookmark this page — every week we share the very BEST of our popular Kids Calendar to make planning your weekend a breeze.

Be sure to double-check details on the event host websites, as they are subject to change.


Tree Lighting Festivals

Start your season with a little FREE fun at one of these tree lighting ceremonies:

Can’t keep the kids up after dark? Visit Santa at Bridgeport Village’s Santa’s Arrival Celebration and Parade, November 25, 10:00 am-1:00 pm.

Courtesy of the Milwaukie Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting

Holiday Lights

It’s time! See our full list of holiday light displays here.

Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo

Holiday Shows

Get out of the cold and into a cozy theater for these fantastic holiday productions:

See our reel featuring Portland Playhouse on Instagram!

Sellwood Moreland’s Decemberville

This free neighborhood event features a festive film, carolers, hot cocoa, and visits with your favorite holiday characters, including the big guy in red himself! December 2.


A similar event is happening at the Milwaukie Community Center, also on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, if you can’t get enough winter festival fun!

Courtesy of Sellwood Moreland

Holiday Markets

It’s a great weekend to shop small! Keep up with our Holiday Markets post — we add to it weekly as we hear of new events! This weekend you can shop the Portland Night Market and chat with Santa, or head to the Oregon Convention Center for My People’s Market and enjoy activities, live music, and a visit with Black Santa. Father Christmas will be checking his list twice at Weihnachtsmarkt: A German Christmas Market at the German Haus on Saturday, and there are many other markets full of great local gifts and fun activities happening all weekend long, including a Hanukkah Marketplace at MJCC on Friday.

Courtesy of The Portland Night Market

Looking for even more options?

Visit our Kids Calendar to find enough fun to fill your weekend to bursting, including a visit to a local u-cut tree farm, Taiko and Light at The Judy, a trip on a holiday train, free entry at the World Forestry Center, $5 Day at OMSI, and the LAST weekend of the Columbia Gorge Model Train Show.

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Meg Asby
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