Foster Area

We’re lighting up Foster and shopping local this holiday season! Join Foster Area businesses as we make the neighborhood merry and bright.

What does it mean to Foster the Holidays?

First and foremost, it means supporting your local businesses as you eat, drink, and shop Foster this holiday season. Remember, ‘foster’ is a verb!

How are we Fostering this holiday season, you ask?

Lighting up Foster! Several local businesses will be lighting up their storefronts and adjacent sidewalks to make Foster extra festive for the holidays.

Shopping local! Foster is home to many shops and diverse businesses. Keep your money in the neighborhood by shopping local.

Find the tree! We’re making it extra fun to visit your local businesses this holiday season. Stay tuned as we post clues on where our “Foster Christmas Tree” is as it travels through the various shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants between December 1 – 24. If you find the tree, make a purchase from the business it’s in, take a picture, and post it on Instagram (tagging fosterareapdx)–your post will automatically enter you to win gift cards from some of your favorite Foster businesses. Follow us on Instagram to learn more and stay up to date on the tree’s location.

Hot chocolate and Christmas carols! Yes, we’re getting into the spirit BIGLY this year. Join us on Saturday, December 10, as we give out free hot chocolate and host carolers on Foster. Make the day extra special by shopping at your favorite Foster businesses, taking in the ambiance of Christmas carols, then dining/drinking at one of our many restaurants and/or bars. Stay tuned to our Instagram account for exact times and locations. Hot chocolate and caroling will be roughly between 4-6pm on December 10.

We’re excited to collaborate with our local business community and support our independent retail shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and service providers. If you’re a local business and want to get involved, email