Every November in Portland, the cozy ambiance of the holiday season offers an array of captivating events to delight locals and visitors alike. Regardless of your areas of interest, The City of Roses always has something to enchant one and all. Looking to fill your calendar? Let’s take a look at some upcoming can’t-miss 2023 Portland November events to ensure you make the most of this festive time of year.
Portland Holiday Market (Nov. 10–12, 17–19)
Explore the enchanting world of holiday shopping at the Portland Holiday Market, held at the Portland Expo Center. This artisan market showcases a wide variety of handcrafted gifts, local products, and holiday-themed items. Whether you’re looking for unique presents or simply want to soak in the festive atmosphere, the market is the ideal place to start your holiday shopping.
Ha Ha Harvest Comedy Festival (Dates: Nov. 11–12)
Laughter is in the air at Portland’s own Ha Ha Harvest Comedy Festival. This two-day event features a fantastic lineup of stand-up comedians (such as Janae Burris, Adam Clayton-Holland and Ron Lynch), as well as improv groups who will have you in stitches. Enjoy an evening of humor and merriment as you watch top comedians take the stage and showcase their hysterical talents.
Kick off the holiday season with the annual Pioneer Courthouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. This cherished event brings the city together to watch as the magnificent holiday tree is illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights. The ceremony features live music, a visit from Santa Claus, and a joyful ambiance that’s perfect for all ages. Gather with the community and feel the warmth of the season envelop you.
Wine Country Thanksgiving Events (Nov 24-26)
Oenophiles rejoice! November brings much-anticipated Wine Country Thanksgiving events to the Willamette Valley. Celebrate the flavors of the season as you tour picturesque wineries and savor exquisite vintages. The weekend is filled with special tastings, wine and food pairings, and the opportunity to stock up on exceptional bottles for your holiday gatherings. Enjoy the beauty of Oregon wine country and the delightful aromas and flavors of the season.
Prepare to be dazzled by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” concert at the Moda Center. This world-renowned ensemble will take you on a mesmerizing musical journey filled with holiday magic and stunning visuals. With their unique fusion of rock, classical, and seasonal music, this concert promises to be a memorable experience for the entire family.
Portland Veterans Day Parade (Nov. 11)
Honor and celebrate the dedication of all who served at the Portland Veterans Day Parade. This annual event pays tribute to the men and women of the armed forces with a colorful procession of military units, marching bands, and patriotic displays. Join the community in showing gratitude and respect for the sacrifices of our vets.
ZooLights at Oregon Zoo (Nov. 24 – January 8)
The holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo. This dazzling display of over a million lights transforms the sanctuary’s spaces into a magical winter wonderland. Walk along tree-lined pathways, savor hot cocoa, and watch as the zoo’s animal sculptures come to life with the glow of holiday lights. It’s a beloved tradition that’s perfect for family outings or romantic strolls.
Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival (Nov. 18-19, 2023)
Art and nature enthusiasts will find solace at Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival. This annual event combines wildlife art, books, and environmental programs to celebrate the natural world. Explore the work of talented artists and authors who draw inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re seeking unique artwork, insightful literature, or simply want to connect with nature, this festival is the place to be.
November in Portland offers a plethora of exciting events that capture the essence of the holiday season and the city’s vibrant culture. And The Hotel Zags is the ideal “home base” for exploring Rose City! Our exceptional accommodations aren’t just centrally located, we also offer stellar service, competitive rates and out-of-this-world amenities (like our renowned Gear Shed, where you can check out adventure accouterments to enhance your discovery). So, mark your calendars, check out our Special Offers page, make your plans, and immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Portland this November!