News & Events

If you are looking for the best ways to enjoy your time in the City of Roses, our news and events section is a great way to stay up to date. With so much going on throughout the city and region, let the

Benson be your home away from home, and your base to explore all that we have to offer. Below are a few select opportunities that will make your stay with us that much more exceptional.

November Sipping Hour

Join us each evening from 5-6pm for Sipping Hour at the Benson Hotel! Featuring a new local winery or distillery, these nightly tastings will be offered complimentary to guests and the public.  


Zoo Lights

Using 1.5 million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo into a winter wonderland of lighted trees, animal silhouettes, and moving sculptures, Zoo Lights is one of the area’s most popular holiday attractions. Closed November 22, 27, 28, December 24 and 25. November 21 –…


Thanksgiving Buffet

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Benson. Featuring an assortment of chilled seafood, freshly carved turkey & baron of beef, delicious salads & traditional accompaniments, plus a huge selection of pies & cakes. For Reservations call 503.295.4100


Christmas Tree Lighting

The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Portlanders will gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square to celebrate the annual lighting of the spectacular 75ft Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. With a big tree, over 14,000 colorful lights and Portland’s largest community sing-a-long, this is an…


Holiday Toy Drive

Spread the joy to some very deserving families this holiday season. From November 25- December 16, donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing for infants to children up to 17 years of age can be dropped off at the Benson Hotel benefiting Human Solutions, a local…


America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar

Over 400 booths of juried handcrafted items and 500 booths of commercial holiday products at the Portland Expo Center. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. November 23 – Dec. 2, 2018


Winter Wonderland 2018

Billed as the largest drive-through holiday light show in the Northwest, Winter Wonderland has 250 colorful displays at Portland International Raceway. November 23 – Dec. 26, 2018


Holiday Ale Festival

‘Tis the holiday season and beer lovers rejoice. This quintessential Portland event has earned a reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast. Held at Pioneer Courthouse Square, over 50+ big, bold craft beers offer the gift of great beer to…


Annual Gingerbread Unveiling

The holidays are a special time of year at The Benson Hotel. Join us November 28th for our 47th Annual Gingerbread Masterpiece unveiling, a royal pageantry inspired by some of the world’s most renowned architectural achievements. Over 150 lbs of house-made gingerbread, 20 lbs of…


New Year’s Eve

Join us New Year’s Eve in the historic Benson lobby and Palm Court with music from local jazz musician Tom Grant. We’ll ring in the new year with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight!


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