Have a Merry Oregonian Christmas

For all of those students staying in the NW over break like myself, you may be wondering what you can do over winter break. We may not have the Rockefeller tree or the Times Square Ball in Portland, but there are many fun local things to do over the holidays. Here is my list of what to hit up during your month-long break:

Peacock Lane Lights – A fun walk/drive with friends and family while enjoying the beautiful festive lights. (December 15-31st)

ZooLights – Take the Zoo Railway and enjoy the lights used to transform the zoo into a Lite-Brite winter wonderland along with hot chocolate and live music.

The Polar Express (Oregon) –If you’re a fan of the movie you’ll be delighted to know that the Mt.Hood Railroad is home to the Oregonian Polar Express. Sing along to Christmas Carols, enjoy tasty treats, and meet Santa on your way to the North Pole—a.k.a Mt.Hood.

The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights – You can now enjoy the very illuminated Grotto until December 30th. It is a family event filled with lights, carolers, and choir performances.

For those movie lovers, there are several holiday-themed films out. Arthur Christmas is an entertaining family movie that will bring out the 5 year old in you with its Christmas spirit. The film New Year’s Eve, which seems to have cast every Hollywood actor, had a fun storyline that connected all the characters in cheesy yet touching ending. However, if you’re not down to go anywhere, you can always stay home and watch holiday films on TV, eat sugar cookies, and sip on some eggnog… no judgment.




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