Things to do this holiday season

FILE -- Pioneer Courthouse Square tree lighting. (KATU Photo)

If you're already looking past your turkey dinner, there are plenty of things to do this weekend and beyond to really kick off the holiday season.

Portland Tree Lighting

The 33rd annual tree-lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square is set for Friday. It starts at 5:30 p.m., when they'll flip the switch, and host a holiday sing-a-long.

Holidays at the State Capitol

There’s also the annual Grand Tree Lighting in the state Capitol rotunda in Salem. This year it’ll be Tuesday, Nov. 28, starting at 5 p.m.

There’ll be musical performances in the rotunda from school choirs and musicians from around the state. Check them out Monday through Saturday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at the Portland International Raceway starts Friday, Nov. 24. It runs Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo

Don't forget about Zoo Lights, also opening on Friday. It runs 5 to 9 each night, 8 p.m. on "value nights" through January 7.

Ride the MAX on weekends to get $5 off admission.

Christmas Ships

For 15 nights this year boats decorated in the spirit of Christmas will set sail on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. This get underway Dec. 1. Check out the schedules for the Willamette and the Columbia.

For more information, click here.

Peacock Lane

And of course, you can take a stroll through Peacock Lane. The quaint Southeast Portland neighborhood was just listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Residents adorn their houses with detailed Christmas lights.

Schedule: Dec. 15 through Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Pedestrian-only nights will be Dec. 15, 16 and 17.

Train to Christmas Town

And go aboard the Train to Christmas Town!

For more than a decade, families enjoyed a trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express. This year, the magic comes alive with a new experience.

The Train to Christmas Town, presented by Mt. Hood Railroad, is an hour-long journey filled with Christmas cheer.

Based on the beloved children's book, the Train to Christmas Town features a cast of storybook characters including Wabash the squirrel, Zephyr the cat, and Bumblebee the bear.

You'll meet elves serving cocoa and cookies, and you'll pick up Santa Claus, who has a surprise gift for each child. There's music, dancing, storytelling and memories to be made.

They encourage everyone to wear fun festive themes, fancy dress, onesies or pajamas.


Saturday, November 18th through Thursday, December 28th


Mt. Hood Railroad

110 Railroad Street Hood River, Oregon 97031



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