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Christmas Day in Portland is one of my all-time favorite days of the year. The streets are quiet. There’s no traffic. It is almost like the whole city is put on pause. Take advantage of this rare sleepy Tuesday in Portland and check out one of these Christmas Day activities.
Peruse the Shelves at Powell’s Books
This is the best news I’ve heard all year. Powell’s is open on Christmas! Browse the many rooms in search of a new book to kick off 2019.
Admire a Gingerbread Masterpiece
Take a stroll downtown and swing by The Benson Hotel. Take in the beauty of the incredible gingerbread display along with the Benson’s festive trimmings decking the lobby. While you’re there, enjoy complimentary tastings of beer, wine, and spirits during the Sipping Hour from 5-6 p.m.
Relax at Kennedy School
Go to the (cheap) Movies
Take a Walk down Peacock Lane
Pack a thermos of cocoa and head over the Southeast Portland to admire the themed light displays on Peacock Lane. Santa, The Grinch, Darth Vader. All your holiday favorites for FREE.
Go on an Urban Hike
This is probably the best day to visit some of Portland’s best urban hikes. I recommend the Lower Macleay Park hike, which passes by the Witch’s Castle and ends at the Pittock Mansion.
Get Something to Eat
Many restaurants are open on Christmas Day. Here is a list of places where you can get a holiday feast. I recommend Radio Room or Doug Fir Lounge. Both are open early and stay open late.
Go to PIR’s Winter Wonderland
Portland International Raceway transforms into the largest light show in the Northwest. The light show will be open on Christmas Eve and Day.
Have a Pizza Party
Sizzle Pie is offering buy one, get one pizzas on Christmas Day. Take a trip to one of their four Portland locations.
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