Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Portland

Every year, Portland transforms into a winter wonderland full of holiday magic as festive cheer fills the crisp air. The weather may have cooled down, but the events calendar is only just heating up! If you’re on the lookout for great ways to spend your holidays in Rose City, let us unwrap the enchanting tapestry of holiday experiences that Portland has to offer.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Holiday Tree

Kick off your Portland holiday escapade at Pioneer Courthouse Square, where the twinkling lights and the aroma of hot cocoa represent the community of the most wonderful time of the year. The Pioneer Square Tree stands proud as a yuletide Portland tradition that captures the spirit of togetherness. Gather around with locals and fellow travelers alike to revel in the spirit of the season, grab some souvenir snaps, and bask in the tree’s warm and inviting glow.

Christmas Ships Parade

The yearly Christmas Ships Parade is a unique maritime-inspired celebration treasured by locals and visitors alike. Witness a flotilla of beautifully adorned boats cruising along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, creating a mesmerizing display of seasonal lights. The reflection of festive colors on the water is truly a sight to behold! And the best part is, you can catch this aquatic spectacle from various vantage points along local riverbanks. Check the schedule at to plan an evening filled with nautical holiday splendor.

Sales Tax-Free Shopping

Embrace the joy of gift-giving without the added worry of sales tax at Portland’s vibrant shopping hubs. From the chic boutiques of the Pearl District to the eclectic offerings of Hawthorne Boulevard, you can indulge in a retail therapy session knowing you’re saving a little extra during the holiday season. Hotel Zags is conveniently located near premier shopping destinations (we’re just walking distance from Pioneer Place), making it easy to find that perfect holiday gift, or treat yourself to something special.

Zoo Lights at Oregon Zoo

Experience the wild side of the holidays at the Oregon Zoo with their enchanting Zoo Lights experience. Wander through the illuminated pathways surrounded by dazzling animal-themed light displays. It’s a magical journey through a winter wonderland, complete with hot cocoa stands and festive treats. Bundle up and enjoy the cool night air as the zoo transforms into a twinkling spectacle of holiday cheer.

The Grotto Festival of Lights

Venture to The Grotto, a serene sanctuary that becomes even more enchanting during the Festival of Lights. Stroll through the illuminated gardens and witness the story of Christmas come to life through vibrant displays and nativity scenes. The Grotto’s majestic beauty takes on a whole new dimension during the holiday season, creating a peaceful and reflective atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the true spirit of Christmas!

Pittock Mansion

For a historical twist to your holiday celebration, explore the Pittock Mansion. Perched atop the West Hills, this grand estate offers panoramic views of the city, adorned with festive decorations during the winter months. Step back in time as you tour the opulent rooms and halls, beautifully adorned for the season. The Pittock Mansion provides a glimpse into Portland’s past while embracing the holiday spirit with elegance.

Oregon Pacific Railroad’s Holiday Express

All aboard the Holiday Express! Embark on a magical train ride with the Oregon Pacific Railroad, complete with vintage rail cars adorned in holiday decorations. Enjoy hot cocoa, caroling, and a visit from Santa as the train chugs through the scenic Pacific Northwest countryside. It’s a family-friendly adventure that brings the joy of the season to life. Secure your tickets early and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker

Indulge in the timeless holiday tradition of experiencing Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Immerse yourself in the enchanting tale of Clara and her magical journey through the Land of Sweets. The exquisite choreography, dazzling costumes, and the iconic score create a captivating performance that is sure to leave you spellbound. Check the schedule and treat yourself to an evening of ballet brilliance.

Providence Festival of Trees at Oregon Convention Center

Don’t miss out on making a stop at the Oregon Convention Center, where the Providence Festival of Trees transforms the space into a glittering forest of beautifully decorated festive foliage. Each tree is a work of art, showcasing the creativity and holiday spirit of local designers and sponsors. Wander through this enchanting display and marvel at the festive masterpieces that capture the essence of the season.

Experience the Magic at The Hotel Zags

As you return to the cozy embrace of The Hotel Zags after a day filled with holiday delights, you’ll find comfort and warmth awaiting you. Portland’s winter wonderland is a magical experience, and your stay with us will undoubtedly be the perfect complement to the festive charm of the city. Our exceptional accommodations are located just moments from it all, and our competitive rates, plush accommodations and thoughtful amenities will help you embrace the joy, lights, and the spirit of the season. So check out our Special Offers page, and start planning your Portland holiday adventure!