Holiday Traditions in Portland | The Benson Hotel

Holiday Traditions in Portland

Holiday Sights, Tastes & Sounds
From lights to music, sprawling gingerbread displays to festive craft fairs, Portland is full of bright ways to celebrate the holiday season. Revel in the city’s holiday spirit at The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton, and enjoy an abundance of celebrations from the traditional to the unexpected.

Gingerbread Masterpiece on Display
For 50 years, The Benson’s culinary team has created massive, sprawling landscapes from Santa’s North Pole to castles around the world. This year, guests can embark on a magical adventure to relive the spirit of Christmas. On display throughout the month of December, the 2021 Polar Express and North Pole replica is made of over 100 pounds of gingerbread, 50 pounds of white chocolate, 25 pounds of sculpting chocolate, and 5 pounds of rice treats. The 3D gingerbread Christmas tree is the centerpiece of inspiration that unites all of us. A symbol of peace and love. One community. With civility, generosity, and joy.

Holiday Magic in Portland
High above the city, the historic Pittock Mansion creates an equally enchanting scene. Each year for the holidays, the mansion’s 16 rooms are filled with a breathtaking display of lights, trees, and decorations revolving around a chosen theme.

Hop aboard the Holiday Express and join Santa and his elves for a magical ride behind Portland’s famous steam locomotives.

If there’s one can’t-miss seasonal event, it’s the Oregon Ballet Theatre presentation of The Nutcracker — the only George Balanchine-choreographed production of the holiday classic west of the Mississippi.

The Oregon Zoo provides a dazzling display of twinkling cheer with its ZooLights display, featuring more than a million colored bulbs.

Winter Wonderland at the Portland International Raceway features the “Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi”.

The Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto, the largest Christmas choral festival in the world, reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers, and features over two million lights..

Peacock Lane. This four-block street in southeast Portland is known for its elaborately decorated homes during the Christmas and holiday season.

The Christmas Ship Parade can be viewed from the banks of either the Willamette River or the Columbia River. This parade of decorated privately-owned boats has been going strong since 1954.

 The Sounds of the Holidays
Anyone who appreciates a good carol will love Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree, an annual showcase of both traditional and contemporary holiday music, performed by more than 350 singers, dancers, local actors, and a live orchestra.

Choir lovers should also catch The Most Wonderful Season by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus.

Get ready to clap and shout along with the region’s premier gospel singers at Gospel Christmas, another annual Oregon Symphony production.

Say goodbye to 2021 and enjoy 21% off your holiday staycation at The Benson Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton, offering comfort, luxury, and proximity to all of Portland’s holiday attractions. Indulge in signature holiday cocktails at the Palm Court Restaurant and Bar at Portland’s Christmas Hotel, or dinner at El Gaucho, Portland’s steakhouse legacy, offering elegant, old-school tableside service for people celebrating their lives.

Established in 1913, the historic Benson Hotel is the city’s only premier hotel that unites the charm and civility of the Old World with the elegance of contemporary design and mindful service. In homage to the hotel’s namesake, Simon Benson, guests are invited to experience legendary service, European design, opulently sized guest rooms and suites, five-star dining, and an acclaimed lobby bar. The Benson seeks to cultivate the best in all of us.

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