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Hanukkah sameach
A person lights a large hanukkiah surrounded by city buildings.
Chabad of Oregon will light a public menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square each night of Hanukkah. | Photo courtesy of Pioneer Courthouse Square
Thursday evening, Dec. 7, marks the start of the Jewish Festival of Lights — Hanukkah. Whether you’re interested in celebrating Hanukkah (which ends this year at nightfall on Saturday, Dec. 15) by attending a local event or finding latkes in a city with a dwindling number of Jewish delis, we’re here to point you in the right direction.

A martini glass holds clear liquid and an olive. A couch in the background has a pillow that reads "Happy Hanukkah."

Sip drink specials like The Menoratini at L’Chaim.


Photo by Leikam Brewing

🕎 Things to do

L’Chaim | Thursday, Dec. 7-Friday, Dec. 15 | Times vary | Leikam Brewing, 5812 E. Burnside St., Portland | Free | All are welcome at this Hanukkah-themed pop-up featuring special beers like the “Ain’t No Challahback Girl,” snacks, unique cocktails, nonalcoholic drinks, and a Jell-O shot made with Manischewitz.

Chanukah 1800 | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 5-6 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Portland | $0-$9 | Chabad Center for Jewish Life hopes to bring 1,800 people together to light 1,800 candles at this public menorah ceremony; registration is required.

Eastside Jewish Commons Hanukkah Night Market | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 5-9 p.m. | Eastside Jewish Commons, 2420 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland | Free | Shop for gifts and find local food vendors like Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels at this all-ages event featuring live music.

A man wearing a black chef's shirt, a striped apron, and glasses leans over a kitchen counter.

Chef Noah Jacob will help curate Zupan’s Jewish deli offerings full time.


Photo by Zupan’s Markets

🕯️ Where to eat

Sweet Lorraine’s Latkes & More, 61 SE Yamhill St.
Pre-order scratch-made latkes by the dozen or half-dozen — along with sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), applesauce, and sour cream — to pick up from the food cart pod nestled inside Labyrinth Forge Brewing Company.

Zupan’s Markets, multiple locations
Noah Jacob, the former chef at Jacob & Sons Delicatessen, has crafted a new Hanukkah take-out menu featuring matzoh ball soup, potato latkes, sweet-and-sour braised brisket, rugelach, and more. Items can be ordered à la carte, or you choose a four-person dinner for $99.
Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Minidoka Swing Band Concert | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland | Free | This band named after the Minidoka Internment Camp pays tribute to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, including some of its own members.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” | Thursday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 23 | Times vary | Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $35 | Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings in this classic Christmas story.
Friday, Dec. 8
  • The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition | Friday, Dec. 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., Portland | Free | Angelic voices will lift 10 downtown blocks as they vie for your ear and your vote.
  • Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More | Friday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 8 | Times vary | Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland | $43.50-$53.50 | Relax your mind with this live classical music program accompanied by the warm glow of thousands of candles.
Saturday, Dec. 9
  • 5k Beer Run - Deschutes + Backwoods | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland | $35 | Lace up your sneakers for this 5k-ish fun run/walk; a free local craft brew will be waiting for you at the finish line.
  • SantaCon 2023 Portland | Saturday, Dec. 9 | 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. | Dixie Tavern, 32 NW Third Ave., Portland | $10-$25 | Don a jolly suit and get ready to paint the town green and red at this holiday-themed bar crawl.
Sunday, Dec. 10
  • Miller Family Free Day | Sunday, Dec. 10 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland | Free | Explore permanent and visiting exhibits, like “Black Artists of Oregon” and “Africa Fashion,” in celebration of the museum’s 131st birthday.
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3 holiday gift picks for men (all 50% off)
Harlestons has extended their 50% offer exclusively for our readers. | Photo by Harlestons
Harlestons has extended its 50% off sale just for our readers: Use the auto-applied code 6AM50 for 50% off everything online until Friday, Dec. 8, at midnight.

New to the high-quality menswear brand? Here are our top three gift picks:
  1. Sport Hoodie: This top-seller is almost sold out.
  2. The Anson performance polo: It’s rated five stars by 99% of customers.
  3. The Sully quarter zip: Many of these colors match up with The Anson colors for a coordinated, layered look.
News Notes
  • The atmospheric river responsible for drenching the PNW — and causing floods, sewage overflows, and landslides in some areas — early this week has diminished, but we aren’t in for a dryout just yet. Meteorologists expect more rain and mountain snow to fall today through the weekend. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live + KOIN)
  • Portland nonprofit CymaSpace is raising money to launch the Rose City’s first sign language cafe where members of the deaf and hearing communities are welcome and supported. In addition to serving coffee and pastries, the cafe will host events, workshops, and performances showcasing the beauty and diversity of sign language.
  • Construction is underway on the Woodsy Winter Village and ice skating rink at the west end of the Morrison Bridge. Get $5 off an ice rink ticket when you shop at Central Portland retailers. Looking for a seasonal job? Positions are available for skaters and non-skaters alike.
  • Between stress and gloomy weather, the holidays can sometimes bring out the monster in all of us. This Sunday, Dec. 10, a “demon parade” with roots in Central European folklore will pay tribute to the darker side of the season. The Krampus Lauf starts at 4 p.m. at Sewallcrest Park. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Big Pink’s parking garage at the corner of Southwest Fourth Avenue and Ankeny Street is sporting a new, 120-ft-long mural created by two artists who recently moved here and are eager to rep their city. “Radiance” blends recognizable neon signs scattered around Portland with images of iconic landmarks, like Skidmore Fountain.
  • This week, Oregon drivers saw average gas prices fall below $4 per gallon for the first time since April. Experts attribute the dip to seasonal trends and a nationwide increase in supply; they expect prices to continue falling over the next couple of weeks. (OPB)
  • Singles ready to mingle are in one of the best cities to do so. A new study from WalletHub ranked Portland the No. 10 city in the US for single adults based on metrics like the cost of eating out, Google searches for “Tinder,” and gym fees. (WalletHub)
  • Step one of your dog’s wellness journey: Nom Nom. The vet nutritionist-developed meals are perfectly portioned for a vibrant, joyful life. Get 50% off your first order.*
Follow the dream (and the green)
shark tank tomte cake kit portland
Will Miranda Vaughn get a deal? Find out when the “Shark Tank” episode premieres Friday, Dec. 8. | Photo by Christopher Willard/Disney
A Portland entrepreneur with a delicious DIY concept is diving into shark-infested waters.

Miranda Vaughn will share her idea for “a new gingerbread house tradition” on the Friday, Dec. 8 episode of “Shark Tank” on ABC/KATU channel 2. Here’s the pitch: Instead of assembling a messy, fragile gingerbread house from a box or trying to do it from scratch, imagine making two easy-to-assemble spice cakes (safe for those with food allergies or sensitivities) that include a special surprise.

The Tomte Cake kit comes with a recipe, specially designed cake pans that were made in Tigard, and a storybook that tells the tale of a little gnome named Tomte. In the story, Tomte falls into some cake batter and gets baked into a gingerbread house. Bakers recreate the story and hide Tomte in their own cakes, bringing a fun new holiday tradition to life.
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Last weekend, I was invited to experience Mount Hood Railroad’s Christmas Train with my partner. While the seasonal ride is probably best enjoyed by families with young children, it was nevertheless a great opportunity to take a drive through the Gorge and immerse ourselves in a festive event that wasn’t geared around shopping. And the wonder I recognized on the faces of the young passengers seated around us stirred the faint ringing of bells in my ears.
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