I hope I am not alone when I say that just yesterday felt like the beginning of my internship and in the blink of an eye we’re suddenly halfway through November and quickly rolling into the holiday season and the end of our internships. For me that means earlier deadlines, hectic schedules and an increased workload. The holidays are already stressful enough for most people, but I sense that we are all especially strained because we have so little time left to make the most of our internships.
As a native Portlander, my advice to you it to make time to enjoy the city while you’re still here. I may be biased, but I firmly belief that there is nothing quite like holidays in the PNW. While we may all have our sights narrowed on finishing our internships on a strong note, we should also take a break and cherish the opportunity we have been given to live in this one-of-a-kind city.
Here are some of my favorite Portland holiday traditions that you can enjoy during your last weeks in Portland!
- Portland Christmas Tree Lighting: Forget Black Friday shopping- why fight crowds of people brawling over flatscreen TVs and iPhones when you could spend the day after Thanksgiving in downtown Portland to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree? Grab a warm drink and some friends and you’ve got yourself an experience that no door-buster prize can beat.
- Peacock Lane: This tiny residential street in Southeast Portland is packed with people during December but for very good reason. Since the 1920s this quaint road has been known as one of the best places in the city to see christmas lights. Be forewarned: because of its popularity, traffic in the area is often a nightmare once the sun goes down. Check their calendar and go on a pedestrian-only night to save time and frustration!
- Stumptown Santacon: Now I’ll admit that this one is a bit on the strange side but bear with me. I think we can all agree that Portland has a bit of a weird streak so it should come as no surprise that there is an annual event that brings together hundreds of people dressed up as Santa to enjoy a drink and celebrate the holiday season. Is it a Christmas bar crawl? Is it an excuse to dress up as Santa Claus in all his jolly goodness? Let’s just say it’s a little bit of both plus so much more.
More than anything, give yourself time to enjoy your last few weeks in this great city and take a break from workplace stress, even if that means donning a fake beard and gathering with a bunch of hipster Santas.