Plus: The 1905 has closed.
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56º | Partly cloudy | 4% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:18 a.m. | Sunset 4:34 p.m.

❄️ Winter wonderland
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Just when we thought the falls at Silver Falls State Park couldn’t get any more majestic... | Photo via Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Get your fuzzy socks and hot cocoa ready, Portland. From light displays to holiday performances and festive parties, the Rose City is in full bloom this winter.

Gather your family and friends and celebrate what makes the holiday season special with this guide featuring 32 winter events happening between December and February.

Winter festivals

Portland Winter Light Festival | Friday, Feb. 2-Saturday, Feb. 10 | Times vary | Locations across the metro area | Free | Illuminated sculptures, video projections, pop-up performances, food carts, and more turn the City of Roses into a magical electric wonderland.

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If we’re all very good, Santa just might make a stop at the Portland Night Market this year.


Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday

Holiday events

The Holiday Express | Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Dec. 17 | Times vary | Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Ave. | $25-$99 | Join Santa and his elves for a magical ride along the Willamette River in vintage rail cars pulled by a historic steam locomotive.

NYE celebrations

Champagne Ball | Sunday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. | $119-$229 | Ring in the new year with a ball drop, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and more.

Light displays

Christmas Ships Parade | Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 17 | Times vary | Various locations on the Columbia and Willamette rivers | Free | Brightly lit, colorful flotillas will set sail for the 69th year, drawing thousands of onlookers to the river banks.

Peacock Lane | Friday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 31 | 6-11 p.m. | Southeast Peacock Lane | Free | “Portland’s Christmas Street” returns with a cocoa booth, pedestrian-only nights, and four residential blocks of homes decked out in holiday lights.

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The 2024 Holiday Brass performance takes place Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.


Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday

Winter performances

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” | Friday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 24 | Times vary | Keller Auditorium | $29-$156 | The Oregon Ballet Theatre will carry you away to a land of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and sugarplum fairies set to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score.
The most wonderful time of year to get out and explore the city is…

A. Spring
B. Summer
C. Fall
D. Winter
E. All of them
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Gardens at Pittock Mansion Volunteer Event | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland | Free | Lend a helping hand to keep the gardens at this historic property looking their best.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • Fall Into Science: Fall Leaf Pigments | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland | Free | Keep young kids busy and learning during “no-school November” with nature-based science experiments they can try after an educational demonstration.
Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Turkey Trot | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m. | Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland | $17-$37 | Run or walk this 4-mile route between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Test Garden to burn some calories before the big feast.
Friday, Nov. 24
  • Indigenous Marketplace | Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 26 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | PSU Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St., Portland | Free | Shop for handmade, original pieces from Native and Black artists and entrepreneurs.
  • “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” | Friday, Nov. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $35-$128 | Listen to high-energy, rock-infused takes on classic holiday songs like “Deck the Halls” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
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News Notes
  • Multnomah County commissioners have voted to extend a lease for Northeast Portland’s Roseway Inn to continue using the site as a county-funded shelter. The county, which first rented the motel in 2021, will pay $3.5 million annually to rent 137 rooms for five more years. (Willamette Week)
  • Up to 40 people at a time can find safe shelter at Vancouver’s third Safe Stay Community. The site at 415 West 11th St. opened this week, providing 20 temporary modular structures, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities for members of the unhoused community, all managed by the nonprofit Outsiders Inn. (KGW)
  • Bree Licata might be from New York, but her time spent working at local standbys like Pine State Biscuits and Grand Central Bakery gave her a love for Portland and a sense of what it lacked. She recently opened Flour Bloom — part East Coast bodega and bakery, part plant shop. (KOIN)
  • Tercet has put a cap on two years of business in downtown Portland. Chef John Conlin said the fine dining restaurant inside the Morgan Building has closed “in its current form,” adding that the team looks “forward to the date when we can welcome you all back into our dining room.” (Willamette Week)
  • Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University turned to TikTok to find out how well US residents ages 14-24 understand period management. Their study concluded that teens and young adults have “significant” misunderstandings due to “insufficient menstrual health education at school.” Researchers are calling for a more robust national curriculum on menstrual health. (KOIN)
  • Turkeys aren’t known as strong fliers, but plenty of Portlanders will take flight around Turkey Day this year. The Port of Portland forecasts a 9% increase in Thanksgiving week airport passengers compared to last year, with Sunday expected to see the most travelers. Navigate PDX airport like a pro with our guide. (Portland Business Journal)
  • Have you heard of the “Target Phenomenon” — why people can’t leave Target without a cartful of goodies? Brad’s Deals explains 11 reasons to love Target.*
🎷 Fundraising efforts fall flat
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Drummer Christopher Brown, the acclaimed jazz musician and son of jazz legend Mel Brown, played at The 1905 nearly every week since January 2017. | Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday
Much like the early 1900s, North Portland jazz club The 1905 is now no more than a memory.

Management announced on social media that despite public fundraising efforts over the last four months, “financial constraints” brought them up short of keeping the struggling club afloat.

The 1905 opened in 2016 and was named one of the best jazz clubs in the world this year by DownBeat magazine. Guests were treated to top-notch talent — and surprisingly good New York-style pizza — in an intimate atmosphere that catered beautifully to a dolled-up date night or a spontaneous, wander-in-off-the-street experience.

Barnes is working to find local spaces willing to host visiting acts that were on the club’s calendar and the club won’t hold a final hurrah. Portland’s live jazz scene lives on at The Jack London Revue, Wilfs Restaurant & Jazz Bar, and the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival.
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On Friday, I had the chance to check out the Portland Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Africa Fashion,” before it opened to the public over the weekend. There are more than 50 incredible outfits on display, showcasing the skills of dozens of designers from across the continent. Check out this sneak peek from my walk-through.
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