Holiday Happenings: Ahoy! It's the Christmas Ships Parade
Holiday fun continues in the next week. What's going on? Here are some things to consider:
• Chabab of Oregon will continue lighting Portland's public Hanukkah menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2; 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
• There's a campaign going on to attract people to downtown Portland for holiday fun. It's called Downtown for the Holidays: Not Available Online, and it includes holiday lights, new and reopened stores and restaurants and the new PDX Pop-Up Shops. There'll be retail events and promotions, updated regularly at DowntownPortland.org.
The campaign includes holiday caroling: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2 (Low Bar Chorale); 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 23 (Dickens Carolers); 7-9 p.m. Dec. 22 (Low Bar Chorale); and 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 24 (Dickens Carolers).
• The Christmas Ships Parade draws onlookers to the banks of the Willamette and Columbia rivers throughout December. It features about 60 colorful and decorated boats and takes place starting at 7 p.m. nightly Dec. 3-21.
For the schedule, see www.christmasships.org.
• Drive up the Columbia Gorge on Interstate 84 for a night at a drive-in theater.
Sunshine Mill Drive-In in The Dalles has been an attraction for city dwellers, and it'll present a lineup of holiday movies in the next month.
The lineup (all at 6:30 p.m.): "Love Actually," Dec. 3; "Santa Claus," Dec. 4; "Home Alone," Dec. 10; "The Grinch" (2018), Dec. 11; "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," Dec. 17; "Elf" and "A Christmas Story" (at 8:30 p.m.), Dec. 18.
Cost is $20 per vehicle. Food and beverages are available to purchase.
For more: www.sunshinemill.com/drive-up-movies.
• The traditions of Scandinavia are featured at ScanFair, Dec. 3-5 at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. There'll be Scandinavian food vendors, local arts and crafts and a holiday exhibit.
• Find something for everyone at the two-day Unique Markets Portland Holiday Pop-Up, Dec. 4-5 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. There'll be more than 140 vendors, as well as mulled wine samples and a wrapping station.
• The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition takes place 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
• The Holiday Portrait Studio, courtesy of Hand2Mouth Theatre, features a piano lounge backdrop for the portraits. Get dressed up in your favorite holiday attire for the portrait, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 4 at Zidell Yards, 3121 S.W. Moody Ave. Portrait prices are $30-$75. Photographer Timothy Horn takes the photos. For more: www.hand2mouththeatre.com.
• Oregon Symphony kicks off its holiday performances 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, with "Handel's Messiah," featuring the Portland State University Chamber Choir and four world-class soloists in Yulia Van Doren, Gina Perregrino, Miles Mykkanen and Jonathan Woody.
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