Archives for December 2009

Bowling Alleys

Things have been quiet around here at Homebased Portland.  Meg and I are busy enjoying the holidays, traveling and our families - we hope you are too!! I love the week between Christmas and New Year's - it seems so low key compared to the busy weeks leading up to Christmas.  It is a perfect time for some fun family activities.  Bowling always … [Read more...]

Ice Skating

For the next few posts we are going to share some fun family activities to do during the holiday break.   Need a break from the craziness of holiday preparations?  Some time to just spend having fun as a family?  How about ice skating? You can take a break from your holiday shopping over at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink.  Check out their website … [Read more...]


You can find Santa or one of his helpers hanging out in just about every mall in America this time of year waiting to greet you and hear what you want for Christmas. If you want to visit the REAL Santa though, you're in luck!  You can find him right here in Portland! For the last 25 years our family has been visiting Santa at Santaland in … [Read more...]

Peacock Lane

On Friday we gave you a list of places around Portland to view holiday light displays . I have to admit that my favorite on that list is Peacock Lane, a Portland tradition since the 1920’s!  Our family has been visiting Peacock Lane for 23 years.  It use to be a quick trip, just a few blocks away, when we lived over in Southeast Portland.  Now … [Read more...]

Washington Park Zoo Lights

You are going to need to bundle up for this outing! A visit to the Washington Park Zoo Lights is worth it though.  Zoo lights runs from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3rd and is closed Dec. 24th and 25th.  Be sure and check out their website for times and admission fees. Visiting the zoo after dark with 200 animals made out of lights is a magical … [Read more...]

Two Portland Christmas Classics

Tinsel, Trees & Traditions at Pittock Mansion Celebrating 150 years of festivities, the Pittock Mansion is all dressed up for the holidays.  Browse rooms decorated for the season; displays of holiday music, food, and traditions.  For more information on pricing and the free holiday shuttle, visit them here.  Christmas ships parade A … [Read more...]

Christmas Festival of Lights – The Grotto

If you are having a hard time getting in the holiday spirit, a visit to the Grotto should take care of that! The Grotto is a 62 acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden located at NE 85th and Sandy Boulevard in Portland and each year hosts an annual Christmas Festival of Lights.  This will be their 22nd year. The Festival of Lights runs from … [Read more...]