The annual gingerbread masterpiece at the Benson Hotel in the Pearl District

The annual gingerbread masterpiece at the Benson Hotel in the Pearl District

If you are lucky enough to be in Portland, Oregon this December, be sure take advantage of the wide variety of festive activities and unique shopping opportunities in the area. Here is just a taste of what Global Aviation staff and customers can experience in the busy weeks ahead.


Moonstruck Chocolate Café and NW 23rd Avenue

Moonstruck Chocolates are a favorite local treat often shared by Global Aviation at aviation conferences. If you’re visiting Portland, the Moonstruck Chocolate Café’s are must-stop shopping. Visit the café at 526 NW 23rd Avenue and you will also be in the heart of “one of America’s Best Shopping Streets” according to the 2012 US News & World Report.

Powell’s City of Books at 1005 W Burnside St.

Powell’s City of Books is a book lover’s paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Nine color-coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.

The City’s Rare Book Room gathers autographed first editions and other collectible volumes for readers in search of a one-of-a-kind treasure. The Washington Post called Powell’s “perhaps the best bookstore in the world.”

The Pearl District

If you are looking for trendy shops and dining, then be sure to visit Portland’s Pearl District. The area shops even have a map of the best holiday window displays, and you can vote for your favorite.

While you are visiting the Pearl stop by The Benson Hotel (309 SW Broadway) where a Chef David Diffendorfer recently unveiled his 19th gingerbread masterpiece titled “Castle Dubendorf.” Difeendorfer took three months to build the castle with 150 pounds of gingerbread, 15 pounds of chocolate, 35 pounds of marzipan, and several buckets of icing.

psm_flm_poster_1114Portland Saturday Market

Looking for a souvenir of your travels, a Christmas gift, or just an immediate taste of Portland? At the Portland Saturday Market you will find a festive atmosphere filled with artwork, crafts, food, flowers, and more. The market’s bonus hours and activities during the “Festival of the Last Minute” are sure to add to Portland’s holiday cheer.


Festival of Lights at The Grotto Nov. 28 to Dec. 30

Tucked into northeast Portland, The Grotto’s light show features 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers and puppet shows.

 Nov. 28 to Jan. 4

With more than one million LED lights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights show is a huge undertaking and a beloved tradition.

Christmas ships light up the Columbia and Willamette Rivers

Christmas ships light up the Columbia and Willamette Rivers

Christmas Ships
 Dec. 5 to 21

Cruising down the Columbia and Willamette Rivers for the 60th year are Portland’s illuminated Christmas Ships, delighting residents packed along the shoreline.

Peacock Lane
 Dec. 15 to 31

Crowds of Portlanders have packed Peacock Lane since the 1920s, to catch a glimpse at the twinkling decorations on the old Tudor houses.

Holiday Entertainment

“Twist Your Dickens” Nov. 22 to Dec. 24

On Portland Center Stage from Chicago’s The Second City, “Twist Your Dickens” is a send-up of “A Christmas Carol” with sketch and improv.

“The Santaland Diaries” Nov. 23 to Dec. 28

Based on David Sedaris’ true story working as a Christmas elf, “The Santaland Diaries” explores the behind-the-scenes world of a holiday tradition.

“Rudolph on Stage”
 Nov. 28 to Dec. 20

Bad Reputation Productions is staging a live-action adaptation of classic stop-motion film “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the CoHo Theater for the second consecutive season.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”
 Dec. 11 to 28

Stumptown Stages brings back the beloved musical based on the classic 1946 film for a third season.

Oregon Ballet Theater stages "The Nutcracker" at Keller Auditorium

Oregon Ballet Theater stages “The Nutcracker” at Keller Auditorium

“The Nutcracker”
 Dec. 13 to 27

Oregon Ballet Theater once again stages George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” a holiday staple, at the Keller Auditorium.

“A Circus Carol”
 Dec. 19 to 21

Portland’s Wanderlust Circus presents “A Circus Carol,” a circus adaptation of the Dickens’ classic at Alberta Rose Theatre, with music by 3 Leg Torso.

The Christmas Revels Dec. 18 to 23

Portland’s historical choral and dance group, the Portland Revels, brings back its Christmas tradition with a show called “Keep Magic.”

Oregon Symphony Christmas
 Dec. 21

The Oregon Symphony plays “Comfort and Joy,” a one-night concert of Christmas and holiday favorites, with affordable ticket prices aimed at families.

An Appalachian Christmas
 Dec. 22

Violinist Mark O’Connor brings his “Appalachian Christmas” concert to the Schnitz, complete with Christmas carols, fiddling and bluegrass music.

The von Trapps
 Dec. 26

The popular von Trapp siblings will play two shows on one day at Mississippi Studios to celebrate the holidays.

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