Portland’s Top 5 Family Christmas Attractions

Taylor Adams   -  

The holiday season is upon us! We just finished the first full week of December and so it is assumed that your entire home has been consumed with the smell of a Christmas tree, the colors red and green accent your walls and classic Christmas movies play on repeat for the next 20 days. It is a magical time but also one in which we most importantly remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Not only are our children wrapped up in the spirit of Christmas but they are also reminded of the reason we celebrate. With that being said, it is the perfect time for a family outing to create new memories. Whether your family traditions include tree hunting, baking cookies, decorating a gingerbread house or keeping up with your pesky elf on the shelf, here are a few more ideas to add to the holiday fun!
1 – Zoo Lights
Location: The Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd Portland OR 97721
Why it’s awesome:
Every year for the last 28 years, the Oregon Zoo takes on the holidays like no other. With over a million lights the zoo transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Be sure to dress warm and don’t forget to catch a ride on the train. Get ready for a night of family fun!
How much will it cost?
The cost of Zoo Lights on most days will cost $14.95 for adults, 12.95 for seniors and 9.95 for children (children 2 and under are always free). However, Monday through Thursdays from 5-8 pm Zoo lights offers a value night with admission only 9.95 for adults, 7.95 for seniors and 4.95 for children.
2 – The Christmas Festival of Lights
Location: The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St Portland OR 97220
Why it’s awesome:
NW is best is a saying used frequently by people who get to call the NW their home, Most of us are lucky enough to know that the spaces and places that surround us are pretty incredible. The same goes for our next destination The Grotto, which boasts some of the most beautiful landscaped scenery in just about all of the Portland metro area. But when Christmastime comes around it gets even better. Like Zoo Lights, The Grotto is fully decked out in beautiful lights just waiting for you to see. What makes it even better is that there are live choir performances every single night. Check out their schedule and take a trip out to Northwest Portland. You won’t be disappointed.
How much does it cost?
General Admission to the Grotto is $11.00 per adults, $10.00 for seniors and $6 for children. (Kids 2 & under are free.)
3 – Winter Wonderland Portland
Location: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd Portland, OR 97217
Why it’s awesome:
Welcome to the Portland International Raceway where you are the driver of one of some perfect Christmas time fun. Don’t forget your favorite Christmas music and head on out to the track where you and your family can enjoy the magic from the comfort of your own car. This drive through light extravaganza is one of the best to beat the chill of the air while still getting all the action of a decorated raceway!
How much does it cost?
A family car costs just $20! Other vehicles include Van, RV, Limo, Bus and
Mini Bus range from $22 to $45 (see website for full details).
4 – Cosmic Tubing at Mt. Hood
Location: Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, 87000 U.S. 26, Government Camp, OR 97028
Why it’s awesome:
A bit of a drive and a late can be all worth it when you are headed up to the mountain for some epic cosmic tubing! Located at the Skibowl up on Mt. Hood Cosmic tubing is sure to be a hit for the kids who are in the later elementary ages all the way up to those in their teens. (not that it is limited by age but rather height restrictions 36’’ required) Cosmic tubing is filled with LED light shows, awesome music and tons of fun! You don’t want to miss this!
How much does it cost?
While cosmic tubing is a bit more expensive it is still a great deal for the amount of fun to be had. The price per adult for a 2-hour session is $30. Children are $24. Must be 36’’ to participate and warm snow gear is required.
5 – Christmas Ships Parade
Location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
Why it’s awesome:
For 15 Nights the rivers of Portland Oregon will be filled with nearly 60 ships completely covered in Christmas lights. What is known as the Christmas Ships Parade is a beautiful sight to see. Bring the whole family, some blankets to stay warm and hot cocoa to watch the ships in the night. BONUS: December 17th and 18th the captians of the ships will be available for meet and greets. Check their website for full schedules!
How much does it cost?
This event is absolutely free! (Parking downtown may or may not have a fee.)
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
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