Featured image: Oregon Expo Center in Portland (photo by Cheryl Landes)
Looking for quality, handcrafted gifts? Want to support small businesses?
Do both at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar at the Portland Expo Center for two weekends after Thanksgiving. The event features two halls filled with more than 900 booths of items sold by small businesses, ranging from practical to interesting to unusual. Among the thousands of treasures you’ll find: Flavored soaps, clothing for all ages, journals made from vintage children’s books, fudge, handcrafted Christmas ornaments, original framed photographs, baby blankets, jewelry, log furniture, birdhouses, fishing and golf gear, and pickled garlic.
Handmade wreaths for sale at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar (photo by Cheryl Landes)
Look for Artisan’s Alley in the center of each hall. These booths with the black drapes feature juried handcrafted items.
Hand-sewn aprons and other gift ideas in Artisan’s Alley (photo by Cheryl Landes)
Also walk through Santa’s Village, and grab lunch or a snack in the concession stands or at the Delta Park Café.
This year’s bazaar is Friday-Sunday, November 25-27 and December 2-4. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $8 adults, $3 ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. Bring two cans of food to donate to the Sunshine Division on Friday, December 2, and receive free admission.
The Portland Expo Center is at 2060 North Marine Drive. From I-5 North or South, take Exit 306B and follow the signs. Parking is $8 for cars with up to 2 occupants and $7 for three or more. The MAX light rail’s Yellow Line stops at the parking lot. Plan your trip and view fares by visiting the Tri-Met Trip Planner.