- Christmas lights tour in Portland with a local guide
- Walk through the Pittock Mansion and marvel at dazzling holiday decorations and sweeping city views
- Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center or the Queen Ann Mansion
- Be part of one of the world’s largest Christmas choral festivals at The Grotto
- Pass Pioneer Square, where the city-wide tree-lighting ceremony happens
- Hotel pickup and drop-off included
What You Can Expect
During the holiday season, this mansion transforms into a winter wonderland brimming with festive decorations, trees and lights, and features amazing views of the city below.
Then, head to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, where you’ll see historical steam locomotives during the Magical Holiday Express signature event. Depending on the day, you may instead visit the Queen Ann Mansion for the breathtaking Miracle of a Million Lights display. Admire lavish Victorian Christmas decorations as you explore the interior, and head outside to warm up with some hot chocolate, apple cider and gingerbread cookies.
As evening sets in, your guide will take you to The Grotto, a beautiful 62-acre (25-hectare) Catholic shrine and botanical garden. The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is one of the largest Christmas choral festivals in the world, and you’ll get to experience it! This special event includes 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and refreshments such as hot chocolate.
Before arriving back at your hotel, finish your tour with a drive past Pioneer Square, home to a 75-foot (23-meter) tree whose 14,000 colorful lights are lit every year in a city-wide ceremony!
We were in Portland for the weekend and had only been here briefly years before. There aren't many tour options in Dec. so we decided the Christmas Lights would be nice. We were to be picked up at 3:00 and the guide was right on time. Lucky for us, we were the only two on this tour. We were happy that the tour wasn't cancelled like some other tour companies. Our guide, Ron, was great. With our permission, he added another stop at the Japanese Gardens. We made some time adjustments for our stop at Pittock Mansion and we were all set. Pittock was very impressive. There were lots of people and all the rooms were decorated. Ron was very knowledgeable about all things Portland. He is an enthusiatic advocate for the city. We learned a lot about the early history of the city along the way. We enjoyed seeing the Japanese Gardens with their lovely ponds, bridges and koi fish. The Grotto was quite a drive away, but that just allowed us to learn more about the city. The Grotto was spectacular! I've never seen so many lights! The setting is so unique. Afterwards, Ron took us through some of the Portland neighborhoods to show us the places to see, and even how to get there on public transportation. At one point we asked if he could make a stop so we could buy some pastries and he obliged. We throughly enjoyed the evening with Ron. You can tell when someone enjoys what they do, and Ron does. I would use this tour company again.
What a beautiful way to end our stay in Portland. The lights at the Grotto were spectacular and a visit to Pittock Mansion is a must. Well worth a visit. Thanks to our guides Ron and Gunner from Hub Tours for making our stay so enjoyable.