Holiday Season “To-Do’s”

I’m a list maker.  Tried and true…I love my lists.  On a whim, I posted at the beginning of October all of the fun “fall” activities that I wanted Mr. Fancy Pants and I to do (see that post here).  I’m actually patting myself on the back now because it helped me organize my thoughts.  Pen and paper list…virtual blog list.  Same difference to me.  I am proud of how many of my “to do’s” we actually accomplished!  Six out of eight ‘aint half bad my friends!

Since it worked so well the first time, AND since I am such a freak about Christmas time, I felt a list of all of the fun Christmasy things I want us to do would be appropriate.  I am so thankful that William has most of December off from school–nighttime classes would have really messed with my Christmas activity planning.

I have done a lot of research on the fun, local things to do here in the PacNW around the holidays. The weather alone makes it feel more like Christmas time up here so I am really looking forward to ALL of these things!  So, here goes.  Our calendar for December…booked.

  • Cut down our own Christmas tree for the first time!  There are places to do this everywhere up here!  Oregon is the nations largest producer of Christmas trees!  I’M IN HEAVEN!  There are 775 Christmas tree growers in Oregon alone, covering over 65,000 acres, and producing over 8 million Christmas trees PER YEAR!  Cannot.  Wait.  The question now is which one do we go to!?
  • Host the Tacky Texas Christmas Party!  We’ve thrown a Christmas party every year since we got married.  In honor of where we’re from, this year’s will be decked with tacky Christmas sweaters and anything resembling a cowboy hat, boots, belt, etc.  Got to nail down a date for this extravaganza!
The Nutcracker! A must see EVERY year for me at Christmas time.
  • Go see The Nutcracker performed by the Oregon Ballet Theatre.  We go every year.  No exceptions. December 19th.  Tickets are purchased and sitting right next to me.  AND the Oregon Symphony is playing live that night!  YES!
A Christmas Story at Gerding Theater
The Santaland Diaries at Gerding Theater
  • I’d also love to go see A Christmas Story at Gerding Theater.  The theater itself is in an old armory and we’ve been once before.  I have never seen A Christmas Story on stage before.  I think Mr. Fancy Pants would really like it!  I’d also love to see The Santaland Diaries there too. Both would be wonderful.
Storybrook Lane at Christmas. Sign me up!
  • Christmas at Storybrook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy will also be on our list. After a hiatus of six years, Storybook Lane at family-owned Alpenrose Dairy will be open again this holiday season. Storybook Lane is part of Dairyville, a replica of a Western frontier town situated on the Alpenrose property. You can stroll the lane and peek in the vintage shops decorated for the holidays while being serenaded by local choirs, watch classic holiday movies in the old Opera House, and have your picture taken with Santa.
  • Watch my top 20 list of all-time best Christmas movies.  I’ll do a separate post about that later.
  • Go see the lights on Peacock Lane (December 15-31st).  This is a tradition that has been going on since the 1920s on this street in Portland.  They even have a Christmas song that was written about them.  You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride down the street to look at the lights which I think would be a blast!  Probably going to sign up for that!
  • Winter Wonderland Lights at the Portland International Raceway–Dec. 5th.  The racetrack is turned into a drive through light show that is the largest west of the Mississippi River.  On Dec. 5th it is closed to cars and it’s reserved for bicycles only.  All of the money that they raise goes to the BTA!
Portland Christmas Ship Parade–above is a boat my friends!
  • Watch the Portland Christmas Ship Parade on Dec. 8th.  This year marks the 27th year of the parade.  Around 60 boats are decked out in lights and sail down the Willamette River!
Portland ZooLights
  • Last but not least, the Portland ZooLights is a stop on my list.  It’s exactly what it sounds like.  The zoo is transformed to a Christmas-light filled land of amazingness.  I’ve been wanting to go to the zoo because I hear it’s pretty amazing.  What better time to go!?

WHEW!  I’m excited/tired already!  I cannot believe the holidays are just around the corner.  They will be here and gone before we know it.  I have gotten a jump start on my shopping this year (thank goodness), but I still can’t believe how close it is.  Here’s to finding a happy balance of cozy nights by the fire with a Christmas movie and cramming activity I can into the month of December!  Wish us luck!

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1 comment
  1. Mishka said:

    Thanks for this awesome list! I’m from the south too (Biloxi, MS and NOLA), but live in Reno. I’m a single mom of a super sweet 16 month baby girl and the two of us are moving to Portland Dec 10th! I was searching to find fun holiday activities that she might enjoy and ran across your blog. Anyway, Thanks!!!

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