Kids will have a chance to learn what it’s like to be one of Santa’s elves at Elf Academy at the Festival!

They’ll perfect their cookie decorating skills in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, create crafts for themselves or kids in the hospital in Santa’s Workshop, become gift experts as they explore the holiday tree forest to complete a scavenger hunt, and visit Teddy Bear hospital.

Once they complete the required coursework, the studious kiddos will earn their elf ears!

Families and kiddos alike will also have a chance to visit with Santa or meet one of several magical Christmas characters roaming the Festival. Festive photo ops abound in this lighted wonderland.  

Enter to win one of the incredible Festival trees, enjoy live entertainment and pick up a gift or two in our holiday market. Oh, and remember to grab a tasty hot chocolate while you enjoy this magical kickoff to the holiday season (and even take home a commemorative mug).

Special tree lightings will take place throughout Friday and Saturday.

All elves know that giving is the best part of the holiday season, and in keeping with this tradition, all proceeds from the event will benefit children with special needs. Join us for a festive way to get in the spirit!


  • Occurred Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, December 7th, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232


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