Saturday December 7, 2013
The Grotto -- a Catholic shrine just off of Sandy Boulevard that's dedicated to providing a retreat as well as comfort, support and healing to people of all faiths -- is home to two of Portland's most impressive holiday traditions. The Festival of Lights illuminates the night with 500,000 bulbs stretched across a quarter-mile path; and the Christmas Choral Festival hosts nearly 155 performances -- five per night -- from November 29th through December 30th.
The scale of these events is startling, as is the location to those who haven't visited. But the 62 acre shrine/retreat is an urban oasis, and the holiday season is an ideal time for a visit. Read more about both festivals: The Festival of Lights and Christmas Choral Festival Return to The Grotto.
Photo: Christmas Lights at the Grotto, via flickr by dolanh
Friday December 6, 2013
Christmas Ships have returned for the 59th time, parades will run almost every night from December 6th through 21st, 2013. Two fleets will rule both the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, with joint, combined-fleet expeditions planned as well.
See our write-up for more info, and be sure to check christmasships.org for any last-minute cancellations.
Photo: Christmas Ships light up the rivers. Courtesy christmasships.org
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Little Boxes returns to Portland on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving -- November 29th and 30th -- to give Portlanders an alternative to the box store shopping melee. Over 200 small independent shops have joined together to offer discounts and raffles, and a smart phone app for easy navigation of the participating destinations.
Little Boxes 2013 runs from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th. Read more about the event and see the list of participating stores.
Friday November 22, 2013
Whether you have a Fifi, a Fido or a Rex -- or, in my case, a Sasha -- Portland is a pretty good place for pooches. Here's our round-up of Stumptown's dog parks, listed by quadrant.
Have a favorite, or maybe a destination not too far afield for letting your dog loose? Leave a comment here and share your knowledge.
Photo: Portland dogs in Portland parks. ŠJosh Liberles