Have you been good this year, Portland? Left your raw denim unwashed for a full 12 months? Gentrified a previously affordable neighborhood while praising its walkability and, like, cider bars? Talked about, and possibly even eaten, kale?

Well, for goodness’ sake: meet the Christmas cheer-maker the world’s named Hipster Santa. Portland’s very own holiday icon made his second appearance at Pioneer Place on Thursday night: judging by the photos, he brought along a PDX carpet chair, a bike, a typewriter (?!) and what appear to be black Converse high-tops. He wore a cardigan rather than his usual red coat and added a man-bun atop his great bushy beard. Well, moderately bushy. Might want to work on that, Santa.

Still, this Hipster Santa looks a lot better than a Portland design studio imagined him in 2012. The mall is dubbing it “a unique Portland Santa experience,” which, why not. This fresh, Millennial-inspired #Santa will be back at the mall for scheduled meet-and-greet appearances on Dec. 10 and 17 from 4:30 p.m. until closing. Reservations to ask about his beard oil and the new Animal Collective single are still available.

Pioneer Place is also offering a boring, hat-wearing Santa, whose lap you can reserve for your child to sit in every day until Christmas, though reservations (and photo purchases) are not required.

— David Greenwald
dgreenwald@oregonian.com
503-294-7625; @davidegreenwald

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