written by Lindsay McWilliams | featured photo by Timothy Horn
Holiday Ale Festival | Portland | November 30-December 4
Celebrate the holidays with comforting winter ales at the beer festival of the season in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Attendees stay cozy under tents with space heaters and with the warm buzz of fifty-three holiday ales and ciders.
Yachats Winter Celebration | Yachats | November 24-January 1
An entire month of holiday cheer ensues in the coastal city of Yachats each year. The events begin on Thanksgiving with several dining experiences around town and continues throughout December with Santa sightings, a winter solstice party and live music.
Frozen Trail Runfest | Eugene | December 10
Race the muddy trails of Mt. Pisgah at lengths of 50 kilometers, 15 miles, 9 miles or 5 kilometers. Escape the cold naturally by getting your blood pumping on these lush, scenic trails in Eugene, hosted by Level 32 Racing.
Stumptown SantaCon | Portland | December 10
Dress in your best Santa costume and attend the 2016 SantaCon on 4th and Couch in downtown Portland. Known for getting a bit rowdy, the event is 21+ with food, drinks and games galore and proceeds benefiting the Portland Police Sunshine Division.
Eugene Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker | Eugene | December 16-18
Experience one of Oregon’s most notable ballet experiences with a performance of The Nutcracker at the the Hult Center in Eugene. This classic, traditional ballet is accompanied by Orchestra Next and the Festival Singers.
Whale Watching Week | Oregon Coast | December 27-31
This month, watch nearly 20,000 gray whales migrate south from the Oregon Coast. Whale Watching Week, from December 27-31, is put on by Oregon State Parks and includes 300 volunteers stationed at twenty-four sites up and down the coast to answer questions and point out possible whale sightings.
Gingerbread Adventures | Portland | Through January 2
Explore the science behind your favorite holiday activity—building gingerbread houses! Walk through giant gingerbread sculptures and edible nativity scenes at OMSI’s seasonal exhibit.