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December 2014

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DEALS & OFFERS

Visit now and get a free sandwich (and more)

A sandwich from Bunk is one of three excellent freebies available now.
A sandwich from Bunk is one of three excellent freebies available now.

Visit Portland from Nov. 15, 2014–March 31, 2015, and — in addition to tax-free shopping, more craft breweries than anywhere else on earth and an acclaimed dining scene — you’ll also get some fun free stuff: a shopping tote, a ceramic minigrowler (beer not included) and a Bunk sandwich, plus discounts at more than 80 Portland stores, restaurants and attractions.

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Shopping

Holiday shopping events

Holiday shoppers browse local wares at Give Good Gift. Stephanie Kaloi Photography
Holiday shoppers browse local wares at Give Good Gift. Stephanie Kaloi Photography.

There’s still time to find great gifts at Portland’s artisan markets and craft fairs. These sales vary widely in scope and selection, from hip holiday parties and intimate spirits tastings to expo centers and garden grounds filled with handcrafted gifts.

With shopping events stretching through December, there are plenty of opportunities to make lasting holiday memories and find the perfect Portland-made presents for friends and family.

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Shop the PDX Pop-up Shops

Crafty Wonderland's downtown store started as a holiday pop-up.
Crafty Wonderland's downtown store started as a holiday pop-up.

PDX Pop-Up Shops turn vacant retail space into temporary stores where local designers and artists set up shop for the holiday season. The program showcases local design talent, encouraging downtown shoppers to seek out unique gift offerings you can only find in Portland this holiday season.

This year’s offerings include functional and quirky merchandise from Field Notes and Draplin Design Co., Japanese accessories and gifts from Omiyage, and North St. Bags’ waterproof cycling gear.

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Join Portland’s airport carpet fan club

Courtesy of Port of Portland
Courtesy of Port of Portland.

Portland International Airport’s carpet may be due for a replacement in 2015, but social media has given the distinctively patterned teal rug a whole new life. Tens of thousands of travelers have snapped selfies with the suddenly-famous flooring, making PDX-carpet-inspired shirts, socks, mugs and anything else you can put a rug on this year’s must-have stocking stuffers.

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FOOD & DRINK

Shop, snack and sip in downtown Portland

Southeast Portland's Harlow offers organic, gluten-free and vegetarian fare.
Cozy camping gear abounds at Poler's flagship store. Photo courtesy of Poler.

Downtown Portland’s constantly evolving retail scene means new shops and storefronts open at a dizzying pace. Don’t miss out on a minute of the fun. Our handy guide outlines a perfect afternoon shopping itinerary, from scoring indie clothing to handmade home pieces and urban outdoor gear. Fresh restaurants and bars means there are plenty of ways to treat yourself, too.

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Events & Festivals

Portland’s holiday traditions

The nose of the deer on the famous Portland Oregon sign turns red every holiday season.
The nose of the deer on the famous Portland Oregon sign turns red every holiday season.

Tree lightings, gingerbread cities and festive train rides are just a few of Portland’s many cherished holiday traditions. The city’s finest choirs, dance troupes and theater companies also get in on the act with spirited holiday shows ranging from traditional to totally original. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to find a way to gift-wrap some warm holiday memories of your own in Portland.

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Holiday light displays in Portland

The Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto.
The Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto.

Portland is full of bright ways to embrace the shorter days of winter: hundreds of thousands of lights in our neighborhoods, our waters and plenty of spots in between. Some of the stars in the city’s constellation of Christmas light displays include ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights and the Christmas Ship Parade, which brings holiday spirit to Portland’s rivers for its 60th season this year.

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New Year’s Eve events

Esperanza Spalding joins the Oregon Symphony for two New Year's Eve concerts in 2014.
Esperanza Spalding joins the Oregon Symphony for two New Year's Eve concerts in 2014. Photo courtesy of Esperanza Spalding.

When the clock strikes midnight in Portland, you could be dancing to bhangra beats, running through downtown or indulging in chocolate and Champagne.

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