Tourism in Portland

Christmas on The Coast Brings Fun and Free Christmas Events for the Season


It’s the holly jolly season in beautiful and bustling Portland, Texas. This Texas Gulf Coast oasis is ringing its bells and counting its turtle doves in anticipation for one of the most important seasons for visitors and locals to come and enjoy the festivities – Christmas on The Coast! Starting in December through January, this major multi-month festival features twinkling holiday events and dazzling seasonal activities lined-up for all ages. 

Christmas on the Coast kicks off with an all-day affair beginning on December 3rd. This fun-filled day features a unique morning holiday market. Venture from booth-to-booth as you peruse hand-made artisanal crafts and gifts. These are all strictly hand-crafted, with absolutely no reseller items allowed anywhere on the grounds. You’ll know it’s quality when you meet the craftsmen at their booths for yourself! 

In honor of your furry friends, Pooch-A-Palooza will be featured at the morning holiday market. Bring your beloved 4-legged family members, as all dogs are welcomed at the event. Don’t forget to get them in their holiday gear, when you pose them for pictures with Santa for cute family photos to celebrate the holiday season. This event is free to attend. 

The festivities continue into the evening with the grand opening of the Portland Ice Skating Rink. From December 3rd until early January, nothing says celebrate the winter season like ice skating, no matter the weather outdoors! The coolest part? Pay a flat-rate of $10.00 for unlimited skating – from morning to night, skates are included too! 

Evening sets in with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. An honored Christmas tradition to light up your eyes and shine in your spirits for the remainder of the holiday season. 

The days of struggling to find the best holiday decorated homes and businesses in town are over! Portland takes the season to the next level by providing a map route to the best locations for GLOW Portland. GLOW Portland features residents, businesses, and entire neighborhoods participating in this friendly competition to light up the city, earning “bragging rights” for their spectacular holiday creations. This event is free to attend. 

Christmas in Portland is the one-night event of the season, you won’t want to miss! Held at the Portland Community Center on December 10th, this special holiday event creates a winter wonderland for the entire family to embark on. Featuring fun activities like writing letters to Santa, giving your children the opportunity to write Santa their wish lists for Christmas, exciting attractions, and plenty of photo opportunities, you’ll find all your favorite holiday characters ready to bring the magic alive amidst a bundle of faux snow! The miserable ole Grinch, inspiring Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, the big man in red – Santa Claus and his entourage of real live reindeer! 

This special one-night event has a goal to fill up an entire truck bed with unwrapped toys as donations to non-profit organization, Christmas for Kids Year-Around. Make a difference by helping them reach their goal and donating a toy when you come to the event to share in the joy of giving for a good cause for the holidays. This event is free to attend. 

While the kick-start Christmas in Portland event is earlier in the month, the Christmas in Portland Festival will spread the holiday magic throughout the month of December with ongoing live music performances and concerts. This event is free to attend. 

Christmas on the Coast in Portland, TX is the best time of year to rejuvenate and to rejoice in the spirit of the season!