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10 Festive Quarantine Holiday Ideas

Who says you need to leave the house to have a day full of cozy, creative activities?


1) Assemble a make-ahead breakfast

Opening presents takes a lot of energy, and so you'll want to refuel afterward with a hearty breakfast.
Get the recipe for Blueberry Sweet Rolls With Lemon »


2) Decorate as festively as possible

You're going to spend a lot of time at home this holiday season, so you might as well make your space the winter wonderland of your dreams. Set a budget and pick up some new decorations or open your craft bin and make some DIY ones.


3) Mix a cozy cocktail

There are so many festive winter flavors that taste incredible in cocktails. A warm stovetop option is a cozy way to celebrate the season.
Get the recipe for warm tea and cider punch at Country Living »

4) Put together a holiday puzzle

Doing a puzzle is a relaxing way to spend Christmas day or night. While you work, be sure to set the mood with a fire or candle.

5) Make a commemorative ornament

The 2020 holiday season is bound to be unique — so why not make an ornament to remember it by? Mix a salt dough recipe (all you need is flour, salt, and water) and make a handprint or cookie-cutter ornament. Don't forget to write the year in paint.
15 Best Salt-Dough Ornaments to DIY


6) Mail a gift to a loved one

If you're not seeing certain loved ones this year due to safety concerns, make sure to send them a gift in the mail to show them they're in your thoughts. You can never go wrong with something edible.
30 Unique Christmas Gifts to Surprise Friends and Family


7) Host a virtual party

Just because you can't get together in person doesn't mean you can't see your friends and family on Christmas. Send everyone a Zoom link and host your party online. Make sure you've got a few games and conversation starters ready too.


8) Ask conversation starters

This simple card game is the perfect way to get the conversation flowing around your dinner table or on Zoom. You might learn things about your family members that you would've never thought to ask them yourself.


9) Cook a festive meal

Dinner is the main event on Christmas. And just because you have fewer people to feed this year doesn't mean you should give it any less effort. Decide on a menu ahead of time and make sure you have all the ingredients necessary to put together a proper feast.
Get the recipe for Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce »


10) Attend a socially distanced outside event

Check your town's newspaper or website to find a list of local holiday happenings. You might be able to visit an outdoor Christmas tree or holiday market, or some other socially distanced outdoor event.

ScanFair Market (virtual)
Shop: December 1-6, 2020
Pick-Up: December 11-12, 2020
Virtual / Nordia House
8800 SW Oleson Rd.
Portland

Crafty Wonderland (virtual)
December 1-12, 2020
11:00am-2:00pm

Winter Wonderland
December 1-31, 2020
Portland International Raceway
Portland

38th Annual Safeway Providence Festival of Trees (virtual)
December 3, 2020
Gala Auction & Livestream: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Christmas Special on KATU: 8:30pm

Portland Night Market
(check site for COVID-19 regulations)
December 3-6, 2020
4:00pm-10:00pm
100 SE Alder Street
Portland

Christmas Ship Parade
(check site for COVID-19 regulations)
December 4-22, 2020
Willamette & Columbia Rivers
Portland

Festival of Trees Elf Academy (virtual)
December 5, 2020
8:30pm
Broadcast Live on KATU

Virtual OMSI After Dark: Beyond the Bottle (virtual)
December 11, 2020
7:00pm-9:00pm

Best Holiday Movies


1) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Netflix)
2) Holidate (Netflix)
3) The Holiday (Amazon Prime Video and iTunes)
4) The Last Holiday (Netflix and rent on Amazon Prime)
5) The Polar Express (Amazon Prime)
6) The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix)
7) A Christmas Prince (Netflix)
8) The Princess Switch (Netflix)
9) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Netflix)
10) Elf (Hulu)

Still Have Most of Your 2020 Vacation Days? Here's How to Use Them

Don't let your vacation days go to waste this year.


As the world begins to open back up, you might be wondering where to go — and how to spend those vacation days you’ve saved up. No matter which policy you have, you deserve a break, so it’s time to plan to take your days before the end of the year — use that extra time to rest and recharge or spend time with family.

2 Days:

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Avid travelers sometimes overlook all that their hometowns have to offer. Use this time to explore a new neighborhood or visit that attraction you always meant to check out. You can create a hotel-inspired atmosphere with plush, resort-like amenities, like cozy robes or luxurious linens, and order takeout from those restaurants you’ve wanted to try. Or, book a room at a local hotel — staying in a different neighborhood can give you a new outlook on your hometown, and the slight change of scenery might be just what you need.

5 Days:

Hit the Beach and Soak Up the Sun
After spending months inside, nothing sounds better than stretching out on the sand or swimming in the ocean. Thankfully, island destinations have started to reopen, welcoming guests back to their sunny shores (with appropriate health and safety precautions in place, of course). Aruba, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos reopened to tourists this summer, and other islands like Anguilla, voted the top island among the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2020 World’s Best Awards, are set to reopen soon. Book a stay at one of the many incredible resorts and spend your days lounging on the beach, swimming in a pool, or enjoying other on-site amenities.

10 Days:

Explore the Open Roads Near Home
If lounging at a resort isn’t your style, opt to explore by car — no matter where you live, there’s an amazing road trip near you. East Coasters will want to visit charming northeastern towns on a trip from Acadia National Park in Maine to Boston, or take a scenic drive down from the Outer Banks to Savannah, Georgia, stopping in Charleston along the way. Highway 1 is an iconic drive for those on the West Coast, and 10 days gives you plenty of time to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a leisurely road trip. Check out the Great Lakes on a Midwestern journey, drive through the Pacific Northwest, or head out on the ultimate Colorado road trip — the options are endless.

14 Days:

Explore the Country’s Best National Parks on a Southwestern Road Trip
If you’ve barely touched your 2020 vacation days, you might want to plan a big trip before the end of the year. Why not take that time to enjoy some of the country’s most beautiful national parks? RVs are increasingly popular among American travelers, so rent your recreational vehicle of choice and bring back the great American road trip. Explore the American Southwest on a trip through Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and California, passing through national parks like Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. Of course, road trips are completely customizable, so you can plan this drive according to your departure city or interests to create an epic, once-in-a-lifetime road trip.

Saturdays:


Hollywood Farmers Market

April – September: 8am – 1pm

October – November: 9am – 1pm

December: 1st & 3rd Saturdays,

9am – 1pm

NE Hancock St., between 44th Ave.

and 45th Ave.

hollywoodfarmersmarket.org

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP ($10 match), and FDNP


Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University

April – October: 8:30am – 2pm

November – December: 9am – 2pm 

South Park Blocks between SW Hall St.

and Montgomery St.

portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP, and FDNP


St. Johns Farmers Market

May 18 – October 26: 9am – 2pm

St. Johns Plaza, N. Lombard St. and Philadelphia Ave.

stjohnsopportunity.org/stjohnsfarmersmarket

Accepts cash, credit/debit, and SNAP

($10 match)


Woodlawn Neighborhood Farmers Market

June – October: 10am – 2pm

NE Dekum St. and Durham Ave.

woodlawnfarmersmarket.org

Accepts cash, credit/debit, and SNAP

($10 unrestricted match), and FDNP


Sundays:


16th Ave Farmers Market

June – October: 9am – 1:30pm

NE 16th Ave between Broadway

and Weidler

16thavefarmersmarket.com


Hillsdale Farmers Market

March 3, 17, 31 and April 14weekly April 28 - November 24December 8 and 22: 9am – 1pm

SW Capitol Hwy. and Sunset Blvd.

hillsdalefarmersmarket.com

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


King Portland Farmers Market

May – November: 10am – 2pm

NE 7th Ave. and Wygant St. 

portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/king/

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


Lents International Farmers Market

June – November: 9am – 2pm

SE 91st Ave. and Foster Rd.

portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/lents-international

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


Montavilla Farmers Market

Every Sunday May through October; Nov 24Dec 22; Jan 26; Feb 23: 10am – 2pm

7700 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood.

montavillamarket.org

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


Woodstock Farmers Market

June – October: 10am – 2pm

S.E. 46th Ave. and Woodstock Blvd. 

woodstockmarketpdx.com

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


Tuesdays:


Lloyd Farmers Market

Year-round (closed December 25 and January 1): 10am – 2pm

NE Holladay St between 7th Ave.

and 9th Ave.

lloydfarmersmkt.net

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


OHSU Farmers Market

June – September: 10am – 2pm

OHSU Auditorium Courtyard near the fountain, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.

ohsu.edu/farmersmarket

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($5 match), and FDNP


Wednesdays:


Kenton Portland Farmers Market

June – September: 3 – 7pm

N. McClellan St. and Denver Ave.

portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/kenton/

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($10 match), and FDNP


Moreland Farmers Market

May – October: 2 – 7pm

SE Bybee Blvd. and SE 14th Ave.

morelandfarmersmarket.org

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($5 match), and FDNP


People's Farmers Market

Year-round: 2 – 7pm

3029 SE 21st Ave.

peoples.coop/farmers-market

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

($5 match), and FDNP


Portland Farmers Market at

Shemanski Park

May – October (closed July 4);

November 27: 10am – 2pm

Shemanski Park, SW Park & Salmon

portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/shemanski-park

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP,

and FDNP


Thursdays:


Cully Farmers Market

June – September: 4 – 7pm

NE 42nd Ave., between Alberta and Sumner

cullyfarmersmarket.org

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP

(up to $10 match), and FDNP


South Waterfront Farmers Market

June – October (closed July 4): 2 – 7pm

Elizabeth Caruthers Park

3508 SW Moody Ave.

southwaterfront.com/farmers-market

Accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP,

and FDNP

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