Winter In Portland: What To Do, Where To Go, and Local Seasonal Favorites

Winter is such a fun time in our incredible city.  The tourists are mostly gone, so everything is a little bit quieter, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of things to do! We’re going to let you in on some of the must know and must do things in Portland this winter, including:
  • Portland winter weather
  • Indoor Activities
  • Where to eat and drink
  • Seasonal events


Ready? Okay, let’s go!


General Winter Weather

Portland gets chilly in the winter – we don’t get a lot of snow, but it certainly isn’t shorts and tank top weather, either. says that the average high temperature in December is about 44 degrees and the lows at night can get down to about freezing. 


How to dress

If you’ll be out and about on a winter day in Portland, you should always have a warm waterproof rain jacket since chances are it will rain at some point during the day. You should also have a beanie, gloves, and other warm winter clothes. Portland is pretty casual, so don’t worry about dressing to the nines, just be comfortable and stay dry. 


As you well know, we like to keep it local and sustainable, whenever possible. If you are on the hunt for a new winter jacket, swing by the Portland Patagonia for their Worn Wear selection of jackets or Next Adventure’s Bargain Basement.


What to expect


Expect rain all winter. A bright sunny day during the winter is pretty rare. Honestly, the dark gloomy days can seem to drag on and on – but not if you have fun activities planned!  Let’s talk about some of the must-do activities during winter in Portland.