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Holiday celebrations in Portland are ON! Whatever you celebrate, however you celebrate, check out this list of events around the Rose City this December, and get your fill of festive fun! Before you plan out your itinerary, make sure you...



Kicking off on November 28th this year, Chabad of Oregon will light Portland’s Public Hanukkah menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Sunday November 28th – Sunday December 5th. On the First night, Sunday November 28th, at 5:00 PM  there will be live music, Chanukah foods, dignitaries and festivities to kick off the eight nights of Chanukah. חֲנוּכָּה שַׂמֵחַ to all of our friends celebrating Chanukah this year. Have a joyous festival of light!

Portland's Public Menorah


When we think of December, there are a few holidays that come to mind. In an effort to get our minds in the holiday zone, we have to start the vibe off right. Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.Dress cozy, then come back to Hey Love for a night cap before heading to bed.

Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto


Now that you've got your mind in the right place this holiday season, what better way to celebrate than by showing your friends, family, and special people in your life how much you love them by showering them with gifts! The state of Oregon has no sales tax -- Portland, included -- plus, we have SO much local artisinal talent within the Rose City. Check out the enormous Crafty Wonderland event at the Oregon Convention Center, December 10-12, 2021, for unique handmade wares from over 225 local vendors! Show your support by attending My People's Market, a vibrant pop-up marketplace that showcases work by local makers of color, December 5-19, 2021 at The Redd, also in walking distance of Jupiter NEXT. Prefer to shop online? This winter's Portland Indigenous Market will take place on their website, featuring work and wares by local indigenous artists and entrepreneurs, December 11, 2021.


We love revisiting Christmas and holiday traditions, and one thing we love to do is head out to the Pittock Mansion, a short drive across downtown to the NW, where this year's Critters Make Merry exhibit will feature the Mansion's gorgeous rooms decorated with furry friends in enchanting animal havens. Another favorite winter tradition? The Nutcracker! See George Balanchine's classic performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre's brilliant ballet dancers in downtown Portland's Keller Auditorium.


When you go to the mall for those quintessential photos with Santa, you only see the one guy, right? Or maybe two if it's during a shift change? Well, if you've ever wanted to see a lot of Santas in one place (and we mean A LOT), head to downtown Portland with your best red suit and hat, and you'll be surrounded by folks who look just like you... and Santa! Will the real one be there? See for yourself on December 18, 2021!

Stumptown Santacon


However you celebrate holidays this winter, Portland has plenty of events to feed your festive needs! Looking for something to do over Christmas weekend? Join us for our Holiday Movie Night from December 23-30, 2021, and watch holiday films from our friends at Movie Madness!

Need a place to cozy up before heading to your room for the evening? Stop in at Hey Love for a night cap and enjoy it by the NEXT's lobby fireplace. Autumn at Jupiter Hotel is unparalleled. All we need is YOU!