Where is Santa?

    Where or where in Portland, Oregon is Jolly Saint Nick?

    I am glad you asked!

    If encountering the bearded man in the red suit is on your (or your little ones’) Christmas wish list this year, here are the top 5 places to in Portland to go:

    Macy’s Santaland

    This is the place for your kids to hand deliver a letter to Santa and help sick children at the same time: for every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s Santaland, famous for the train garden, monorail, and spectacular spectacles for photos with Santa, is the legendary place for all things Santa.

    Santaland also has a pet night for Santa photos with your furry friends. The first 100 people to have their photograph taken with Santa will obtain a charmingstuffed penguin. Macy’s is located at 621 SW Fifth in Downtown Portland.

    Decemberville in Sellwood

    This is another place where Fido and Fifi can be photographed with Father Christmas (at Sellwood Pet Supply). The whole historic Sellwood Neighborhood gets into the Christmas spirit. A puppet show, double decker bus ride, a build an ornament station and multiple locations featuring live music, Sellwood in Spith East Portland is the place to gofor scrooges and holiday cheerleadersalike. The Moreland Threatre will be showing ELF and gifting a free bag of popcorn to festive moviegoers. Bring a toy and clothes to benefit children of the Raphael House of Portland.

    Santa’s HQ at Washington Square

    Kill two birds with one stone here. Get some of that Christmas shopping done and also get your picture taken with Santa. Nothing says holiday season like malls decked out with boughs of holly, playing Christmas classics, and Christmas bargains at some of the best stores in Portland. Washington Square mall is a Christmas tradition for my family and is located off of 217 in Tigard, Oregon.

    Clackamas Town Center

    This was my mall when I was growing up and it’s still the mall with which I most associate Christmas. The mall Santa here is jolly indeed and the display, usually surrounded by a large blue spruce and candy cane balusters, is the Santa your kids know and love. Bring Fido too, as Clackamas Town Center encourages pet photography on certain days. Clackamas Town Center is located at 12000 NE 82nd in Happy Valley, Oregon.

    Christmas in Dairyville at Alpenrose Dairy

    This is another longtime family tradition for my family and I. Throughout the holiday season, family run Alpenrose dairy, home to Dairyville, a reproduction of a western frontier town, converts into a winter wonderland. Animals are on exhibition in wistful Storybook Lane, a huge model train (spanning two buildings), sleigh rides, homemade baked goods, vintage storefronts, local choir performances, holiday movies in the turn of the century Opera House and, of course, Santa, make Dairyville my number one destination for Christmas memories in Portland. Alpenrose dairy is located at 6149 SW Shattuck in Portland.

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