We all go to famous tourist spots and well-known destinations for holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas festivals are perfect days to share the happiness with family and friends. Be it a fun-filled road trip or flight across the country. The holidays are meant for wonderful memories that definitely last for a lifetime. But, why settle for some typical destinations and usual vacation pattern? Why flock to crowded tourist spots and fall under the mandatory hotel check-ins, when you can design your own customized holiday? A Portland Christmas promises to be among the best holiday season yet!

Flex stay or flexible holidays allow you to plan your own itinerary. Instead of waiting long hours for a check in, flexible stays let you pick your own schedule. As Flexbook partners with some of the best hotels in town, the power rests in your hands. Make your customized schedule, plan a fun trip with family and enjoy it your style. After all, the holidays are meant for relaxation and rejuvenation, not stressful travel!

Explore ‘The City of Roses’

Nicknamed “The City of Roses,” Portland is the largest city in Oregon. Famous for its downtown, bridges, excellent climate and fun-filled ambiance, it has several unexplored tourist spots to its credit. The city runs along the banks of Willamette River, offering wonderful panoramic view of the downtown. With three major bridges in the city, Portland is often recognized as the City of Bridges.

Rich history, cross cultural influence, modern technological impact and growing financial opportunities characterize this ‘young’ and ‘happening’ city. With wonderful lighting, decorations, Christmas festivals, shows and concerts, it amplifies the festive mood to great levels.

A short vacation of 3-4 days can be absolutely perfect to explore all the wonders this city is offering. Winters in Portland are cold and rainy, but not as harsh as compared to other parts of the country. This makes it easy to choose the destination for Christmas, without worrying about unfavorable climatic conditions. With temperatures ranging from 35-65 F in the month of December, Portland can be a good option to ring the Christmas. Numerous tourist attractions and several fun activities for all age groups make it an ideal destination for the entire family.

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What to see? What to do?

This city has perfect combination of outdoor and indoor fun during Christmas. From gardens, bridges, skyscrapers with Christmas lighting to restaurants, theatres, musical festivals and cultural shows showcasing festive theme, it definitely offers best of both the worlds.

Washington Park

A huge public park with loads of activities, Washington Park is the most visited tourist attraction near downtown. With a zoo, Japanese garden, rose garden, forestry museum, amphitheater and children’s museum within its limits, this park demands an entire day for exploration. Colorful zoo lights and decorations all over the park bring the ultimate festive spirit.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Located along the Willamette River in downtown, this waterfront park offers wonderful view of the city. The famous event of ‘Christmas Ship Parade’ illuminates the river with around 60 festively decorated boats, every year.

Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto

A huge annual festival with concerts, carols, lighting, shows and decorations, this festival is truly one-of-its-kind and wonderful in every way.

Powell’s City of Books

The largest independent bookstore in the world, this spot offers a rich stock of more than 2 million new and used books. With three stories and a large square block in the city, visit to this attraction is highly recommended for its unique experience.

Portland Art Museum

Located in the heart of the city, this oldest museum of the Northwestern region is truly worth exploring. Rich collection of European work, Japanese arts, Native American masterpieces and several new artists mark the ambiance of this must-visit spot.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

With five halls and eight labs of exhibits, interactive models, shows and activities, this museum has something for the entire family. As it mixes education with fun, it cannot get better than this!

Flex your holiday flair

In addition to the spots listed above: Pittock Mansion, Mount Hood, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Christmas tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square, St. John’s Bridge are some other places, worth exploring.

Head over to Flexbook and pick from any of the Portland flex stay hotels. Country Inn and Suites at Delta Park, Hotel Modera, or Holiday Inn can be some good options for a flexible vacation. Make memories for an enjoyable Christmas and bring back laughter, smiles, love and happiness, the flex way!

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Lavanya

With a passion for words, Lavanya loves to pen down her thoughts through blogs and articles. She enjoys writing about travel, lifestyle, motivation, relationships and entertainment. When away from her game with words, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and surfing the television for something interesting! 

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