Tienken’s Take – December 2022

Home Hacks for the Holidays

Happy Holidays! With only a week left before Christmas, you may be scrambling to get everything done in time for guests. Here are a few hacks to help you get your home ready and feeling festive!

01 Scent Your Air Filter With Essential Oils

02 Create a Simmer Pot Jar to Have On Hand

03 Create an Emergency Gift Stash

04 Make a Garland Out of Holiday Cards

05 Deep Clean Guest Rooms

06 Add Fresh Flowers and Greenery

07 And most importantly… remember to take time for yourself!


Around Town

Until December 30th: The Grotto’s Festival of Lights A massive holiday display featuring indoor concerts, living history, family entertainment, Christmas-themed puppet shows, life-size nativity scene, and more. It is a walk through event, so be prepared to walk a quarter mile through the decor. It’s open from 4:30 – 9:30 PM.

Location: The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St. Portland, OR 97220

Until December 31st: Lightopia: Hillsboro’s Free Drive-Through Light Display It is open Sun. through Thurs. from 5:00-9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 5:00-10:00 PM On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, it is open from 5:00-8:00 PM and is closed on Christmas Day. December 19th from 7:00-9:00 PM will be a pedestrian-only night. Reservations are required.

Location: Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, 4450 NE Century Blvd. Hillsboro, OR 97124

Until December 31st: Winter Wonderland: Drive-Through Light Show – Proceeds benefit the Sunshine Division. You’ll enjoy the show from the comfort of your car, viewing colorful light sets and many animated scenes. Hours are Monday – Thursday 5:00 – 10:00 PM, Friday – Sunday 4:30 – 11:00 PM, and special hours December 16th – 25th 4:30 – 11:00 PM.

Location: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd. Portland, OR 97217

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