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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.
Admire a Gingerbread Masterpiece
Take a stroll downtown and swing by The Benson Hotel. Take in the beauty of Europe’s largest castles, Corvin Castle, in all its gingerbread glory. While you’re there, enjoy complimentary tastings of beer, wine, and spirits during the Sipping Hour at 5 p.m.
Relax at Your Favorite McMenamins
Go to the (cheap) Movies
Have a Holiday Sing-Along
The Hostel Cafe will be serving up delicious treats, more drinks and a fun open mic sing-along for all to enjoy. Grab a bite and take in the festivities from 7 to 10 p.m.
Peruse the Shelves at Powell’s Books
This is the best news I’ve heard all year. Powell’s is open on Christmas! Take your time, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to browse the many rooms in search of a new book to kick off 2019.
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.
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