How would Santa’s reindeer spend Christmas in Portland?

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Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are his furry antlered friends. But how would they spend their time in Portland?

Before we get started, here’s a fun fact: Science suggests Santa’s reindeer are female, as males do not have their antlers at Christmas time. Let’s plan an itinerary for the girls while the big man does his whole chimney-climbing thing.

🏃 Dasher

Dasher ain’t hangin’ around — she’s hitting the road.

Luckily for her, we came up with four fantastic road trips from the Portland area, including unparalleled scenery, thespian drama, and places to sip and savor Oregon fruit. Don’t be late, Dasher, or the sleigh will leave without you.

☄️ Comet

Comet has stargazing options just outside of Portland as long as the weather plays nice.

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park would most likely be her favorite spot, though the Columbia River Gorge’s Vista House also offers otherworldly views of the night sky.

💃 Dancer + Prancer

You just know this pair would hit the town.

These two could belt out some Christmas classics at one of Portland’s many karaoke bars, spend their quarters at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and Bar, or laugh it up at Helium Comedy Club.

And if they feel like moving their feet, there’s always our live music venues where they can boogie away.

💖 Cupid

Cupid would have no shortage of romantic choices in Portland — trust us.

She might spend a Saturday in the rose gardens, dine under an ever-blooming silk cherry tree in the Pearl District, or take the relationship to new heights at Departure. Can reindeer swoon?

🔴 Rudolph

The big dog (metaphorically). The leader of the herd.

Rudolph would be the one in the know, keeping her friends informed about upcoming events and all the most important news in the Portland area.

In other words, she would subscribe to the PDXtoday newsletter, and stay plugged into our Instagram, too.

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