PDX Kids Calendar’s 2012 Holiday Events Guide

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Welcome to PDX Kids Calendar’s 2012 Holiday Guide!  Inside you will find some of the holiday’s best traditions, including:

Theater and Music
Food
Lights and Parades
Santa Sightings
Trains and Boats
Bazaars and Crafts
Hanukkah Resources
Volunteer/Give Back
New Year’s Family Style
… and lots more!

As always, we try to make this a dynamic resource- so please let us know what we’ve missed!

Happy holidays!

Theater and Music

What: A Holiday tradition for 50 years – the Singing Christmas Tree, a choral Christmas extravaganza with 300 voice choir, live orchestra, and special guests.
Where:   Where: Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay
When: November 24-December 2
Cost: $12 and up

What: Jewish Theatre Collaborative & PJ Library Present Power of Light—2 heartwarming PJ Library stories by Eric Kimmel & Patricia Polacco brought to life in play format
Where/When: Sundays, Nov 25, Dec 2 & Dec 9, 11 am @ Miracle Theater AND December 9, 4 pm at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (in conjunction with Portland Jewish Academy)

What: Portland Revels Christmas Show.  Expect beautiful early American songs and carols, toe-tapping tunes, and high-energy clogging and square dancing to chase the winter darkness away.
Where: Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison
When: Weekends December 7-December 16
Cost: Children start at $7, students $12, adults $18

What: Oregon Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker.   Enthrall your children with this holiday classic.
Where: Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay
When: December 8-23
Cost: $24 and up

What: Oregon Children’s Theatre Young Professionals Company presents A World War  II Radio Christmas.  Travel back in time and join the audience of a live radio show broadcast from Portland during World War II. Inspiring true stories, comedic sketches and commercials, swinging Christmas tunes, live folly sound effects, and the songs that shook the airwaves make a lively holiday celebration.  For ages 6 and up.
Where: OCT’s Black Box Studio, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd
When: Saturdays and Sundays, December 8-16
Cost: $5-10 in advance, $7-12 at the door

What: Northwest Dance Theater presents A Nutcracker Tea. A Nutcracker Tea is an abridged, family-friendly adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet for ages 4 and up.
Where: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Ave
When: December 15, 16, 22, 23 at 2 and 7
Cost: $13-29

What: The Most Wonderful Season.  Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will light up the Newmark with its annual celebration of the holidays. The full spectrum of PGMC’s performance charisma will be on display in a rich array of tuneful fare from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and the New Year. A treasured Portland tradition for all families.
Where: Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway
When: December 14-16
Cost: $20 and up

What: Posado Milagro at Miracle Theater.  This community celebration filled with Latin American traditions reflects upon the journey of Mary and Joseph in their search for refuge and is day of fun for the whole family!
Where: Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark
When: December 16, 1-5
Cost: Free, but tickets needed (first come first served)

What: Portland Youth Philharmonic presents PYP Concert at Christmas. Music by theatrical composers will be featured at this annual celebration. The alumni will gather for Offenbach’s Overture to La Belle Hélène and the Philharmonic Orchestra will perform dazzling familiar works by Glière and Saint-Saëns. A work of deep emotion from Puccini’s student years will receive its PYP premiere.
Where: The Schnitz, 1037 SW Broadway
When: December 26
Cost: $22.25 and up

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Food

What: Tea at the Heathman Hotel.  Get all dolled up with your little one for a holiday tea at the Heathman.  Advance registration required.  503 790 7752.
Where: Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway
When: November 23-January 6
Cost: $14 for little sippers, $32 for adults

What: Breakfast with Santa at Skamania Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Claus make a trip to Skamania Lodge to take pictures with guests. Enjoy a special breakfast menu just for kids.
Where: Skamania Lodge, 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson WA
When: November 24, 9 AM
Cost: $12 kids, $15 adults

What: Cookies with Santa at the Children’s Museum.  Join Portland Children’s Museum for a night of ornament decorating, museum play, arts and crafts, and an opportunity to meet Santa Claus himself. Each family will have a photo* opportunity (bring your own camera) and a private meet and greet with St. Nick!
Where: Portland Children’s Museum
When: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 5:30-8
Cost: $9 members, $18 nonmembers.

What: Breakfast with Santa at one of the many McMenamins around town. Bring your list for Santa and enjoy breakfast with the family!
Where: A McMenamins near you!
When:  December 1-16
Cost: $17 adults, $12 kids 10 and under.  Advance purchase recommended.

What: Brunch with Santa – plus activities, crafts and more fun – at this fundraiser for Clackamas Women’s Services.
Where: Oregon Golf Club, 25700 SW Pete’s Mt Rd, West Linn
When: December 9, 10:30-2
Cost: $10 (prepaid) or $12 at the door

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Lights, Parades, and Festivals

What: Lighting of Maddax Woods.  Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted accessible path through the Woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette.
Where: Maddax Woods. 5785 River St., West Linn
When: November 17-December 31, 4-9
Cost: Free!

What: The holiday decorations come out at Pittock Mansion, with hundreds of ornaments adorning more than 15 festive trees.
Where: Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Dr
When: November 19-January 1
Cost: Free with admission ($6-9.50, free 5 and under)

What: Macy’s Holiday Parade.  Costumes, bands, floats – you know, a parade!
Where: Downtown Portland.  Full route available here.
When: Friday, November 23, 9 AM
Cost: Free!

What: Portland Courthouse tree lighting in Pioneer Courthouse Square, with entertainment by Pink Martini!
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th
When: November 23, 5:30
Cost: Free!

What: The Lighting of the Streets at the Streets of Tanasbourne. Live holiday music, Santa, lighting of the holiday tree, laser light show, free carriage rides.
Where: The Streets of Tanasbourne, NW Cornell Rd. and Stucki Ave, Hillsboro
When: November 23, 5:30-9
Cost: Free!

What: Grotto Festival of Lights.  With over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate this is a special event for the whole family.
Where: The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore
When: November 23-December 30 (not Christmas)
Cost: $9 general admission, $8 seniors,  $4 ages 3-12, 2 and under free

What: Lake Oswego Holiday Tree Lighting.   Enjoy an extraordinary evening of holiday  lights, caroling, music, and refreshments.
Where: 5th Street and A, Lake Oswego
When: November 23, 5 PM
Cost: Free!

What: Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway.  Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle.
Where: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.
When: November 22-December 25 (some date closures)
Cost: $6-16

What:  Zoolights at the Zoo.  See the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland aglow with a million lights!
Where: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd.
When: November 23 through December 31
Cost:  $3.50-$12.50, depending on age and package purchased

What: Alberta Main Street presents Tannenbaum Madness.  Shop local, and see the Alberta tree.
Where: NE Alberta neighborhood.
When: November 23-January 1.  Opening celebration November 23 from 4 to 8.  Tree lighting December 1.
Cost: Free!

What: Mississippi Avenue’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, with music by Mr. Ben, Ms. Tyleena, and the Sugarplum Elves!
Where: Mississippi Commons, 3731 N Mississippi
When:Saturday, November 24, 4-6 PM
Cost: Free!

What: Providence Festival of Trees.  Visitors can stroll through a magical festive village decorated with more than 100 trees, wreaths, and holiday vignettes.  Stop in at the Bear Hospital and Santa’s Workshop and take part in other festival events and features.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK
When:November 30-December 1
Cost: $6 adults, 5 seniors, $4 ages 3-12

What: Woodstock Winter Wonderland Celebration.  Pictures with Santa at Papaccinos from 1 to 4, followed by a Mingle All The Way Party at Homestead Schoolhouse, a Mingle all the way party from 4-6, and neighborhood Tree Lighting at 6.
Where: Woodstock Neighborhood – SE 40s and Woodstock
When: December 1, 1-6
Cost: Free!

What: West Linn Holiday Tree Lighting.  This year feautring Chugga Chugga Choo Choo train that will provide rides for children.
Where: West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salamo Rd
When: Friday November 30, 6 PM
Cost: Free!

What: Gresham Spirit of Christmas.  Join us for food, live music, hot cocoa, caroling, Santa, a tree-lighting, and more! This free event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Arts Plaza.
Where: Arts Plaza, 401 NE Second St
When: December 1, 5-6
Cost: Free!

What: Hillsboro Holly Days and Tree Lighting.  Come enjoy special holiday music while you wait to tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Join Santa for the much anticipated tree lighting ceremony and watch as the tree brightens up Main Street and illuminates the city throughout the holiday season.
Where: Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main St.
When: December 1, 2-6
Cost: Free!

What: Portland Christmas Ship Parade. The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets.  Both fleets will be out every night for two weeks beginning December 7, 2012 and running nightly through December 21, 2012. The fleet will do a special performance in Camas, WA on Dec. 1st.  As we are an all volunteer organization, not all the boats make it out every night.
Where: Various locations along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers
When: December 1 and 7-21
Cost: Free!

What: Milwaukie Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting. Decorate an umbrella and take part in the parade!  Santa will be there.
Where: Start at the Milwaukie Waldorf School, 21st and Monroe
When: December 1, 4-5. (Parade assembles at 3:30 at city hall)
Cost: Free!

What: Sherwood tree lighting and parade.  Santa, hot dogs, cocoa, free kids activities, and lots more.
Where: Sherwood Old Town
When: December 1.  Parade starts at 4; check in by 3:30 if you wish to participate.
Cost: Free!

What: Happy Valley Tree Lighting. Visit with Santa, go for a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy holiday music, cocoa and cookies.
Where: Happy Valley City Hall, 16000 SE Misty Dr
When: December 2, 4-6
Cost: Free!

What: Annual Lighting of the 747 at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way McMinnville
When: December 6, 5:45-7
Cost: Free!

What: Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy.  Dairyville gets all dolled up for the holidays!  plus carols, movies, and of course- Santa!
Where: Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Road
When: Fridays-Sundays December 7-23, Fridays from 3-6, Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6
Cost: Free! Extra cost for Santa photos.

What: Fremont Festival of Lights.  Various tents will host special themes like A Celtic Christmas and a Children’s Craft Tent, where children can come and spend time making a holiday craft to take home with them. Plus Santa.
Where: Beaumont Village, NE Fremont between 40th and 50th
When: December 7, 5-9
Cost: Free!

What: Reindeer Magic at Seven Dees.  Bring the whole family to visit Santa’s reindeer and create magical holiday memories. Kids will enjoy festive make-n-take activities, cookies, hot cocoa & cider while enjoying the magical company of Santa’s Reindeer and listening to holiday tunes. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a festive photo opportunity!
Where: Various Seven Dees locations
When: December 7-9
Cost: Free!

What: Beaverton Tree Lighting and holiday open house.  Activities include a children’s holiday workshop, visits with Santa, and the tree lighting.
Where: Beaverton Library and Beaverton City Park
When: December 7, 5-9
Cost: Free, with a theater performance at 8 for $5-15

What: West Linn Holiday Parade.  The annual holiday parade through the Historic Willamette Distrcit is a beloved tradition for family and friends to celebrate the joy and generosity of the season.  Bring new unwrapd toys for distribution to families in need.
Where: Historic Willamette District – Willamette Falls Drive
When: Saturday, December 8, 10-12
Cost: Free!

What: Christmas at Fort Vancouver.  Experience first-hand the traditional festivities – the sights, smells and sounds of the holiday season inside Fort Vancouver. This fun-filled event only takes place once a year
Where: Fort Vancouver, 612 E Reserve St., Vancouver
When: December 8, 10-3
Cost: Free with admission (free under 15, $3 adults)

What: Christmas at the Pearson Air Museum.  Bring your cameras and have your photo taken with Santa Claus in the cockpit of a vintage 1941 Ryan PT21. Children post letters to Santa in the North Pole mailbox and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. This event is the same day as Christmas at Fort Vancouver, so bring your family for a fun day at the historic site.
Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth, Vancouver
When: December 8, 10-3
Cost: Free with admission ($5-7, free under 6)

What: Peacock Lane’s light displays continue – a tradition since the 1920s.
Where: SE Peacock Lane, between Belmont and Stark
When: December 15-31, 6-11 PM.  Please note that December 15 and 16 are PEDESTRIAN ONLY – no cars!
Cost: Free!

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Santa Sightings

What: The Mt. Hood Railroad presents The Polar Express!  Read along with the story as the train makes its magical journey to the North Pole.  Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child.  Wear your pjs!
Where:  Mount Hood Railroad, 110 Railroad Ave, Hood River
When: Various dates between  November 10 and December 28
Cost: $18-38 ages 2-12, $26-46 adults

What: Santa’s Workshop at the Oregon Garden. Live reindeer, crafts, artisan vendors, and more.
Where; Oregon Garden, 879 W Main Street, Silverton
When: November 30-December 2, 12-8
Cost: Free with admission ($11 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students 12-17, $5 kids 5-11, free 4 and under)

What: Santa comes to Washington Square Mall.  Get your photo taken with the man himself!
Where: Washington Square Mall, 9585 SW Washington Sq Rd
When: November 10-December 24
Cost: Free to visit, photos are an additional charge.

What: Macy’s Santaland.  Santa Claus will take his holiday post at Santaland for the holiday season at Macy’s for pictures.  The famous Monorail and train garden will also be on display next to Santaland for candid family photo opportunities.
Where: Macy’s, Level A, 621 SW 5th
When:November 23-December 24.  Call 503-248-4515 for Santaland daily hours.
Cost: Varies based on photograph package

What: See Santa at Cedar Hill Crossing.
Where: Cedar Hill Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
When:November 23-December 24.  Monday-Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11-6
Cost: Not specified.

What: Photos with Santa at Paddy’s.  Super cute ‘Real’ Santa and silly hats & dress-up flair to make your Family Santa Photo Unique!
Where: Paddy’s, 65 SW Yamhill
When: December 1, 2
Cost: $20 for pictures, or bring your own camera

What: Cookies with Santa at the Children’s Museum.  Join Portland Children’s Museum for a night of ornament decorating, museum play, arts and crafts, and an opportunity to meet Santa Claus himself. Each family will have a photo* opportunity (bring your own camera) and a private meet and greet with St. Nick!
Where: Portland Children’s Museum
When: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 5:30-8
Cost: $9 members, $18 nonmembers.

What: Breakfast with Santa at one of the many McMenamins around town. Bring your list for Santa and enjoy breakfast with the family!
Where: A McMenamins near you!
When:  December 1-16
Cost: $17 adults, $12 kids 10 and under.  Advance purchase recommended.

What: The Santas you know and love from Macy’s from years past is at Pioneer Courthouse Square this year.  Come check him out and get your photo taken with the man himself!
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square Santa House
When: December 7-23, 9 AM – 9 PM, December 24, 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost: Not specified.

What: Storybook Lane at Alpenrose Dairy.  Dairyville gets all dolled up for the holidays!  plus carols, movies, and of course- Santa!
Where: Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 SW Shattuck Road
When: Fridays-Sundays December 7-23, Fridays from 3-6, Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6
Cost: Free! Extra cost for Santa photos.

What: ORHF’s Holiday Express!  Take a magical train ride along the beautiful Willamette.
Where: Along Oaks Bottom
When: November 30-December 2, December 7-9, 14-16
Cost: $11 children, $17 adults, or $47 for 2 adults and 2

What: Santa and a Movie at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Santa reads the book Polar Express, then watch the movie on the big screen in the Evergreen Theater! An opportunity for photos with Santa will be available during the event.
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way McMinnville
When: December 8, 9:30-12
Cost: $10/person

What: Meet firefighters from the Newberg Fire Department who are coming to collect the toys.  Get your picture taken with Santa on his tricked out Airstream “sleigh”.  Bring a new, unwrapped present and receive a free tasting flight.
Where: Penner-Ash Wine Cellars,  15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Rd, Newberg
When: December 14, 2-6

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Trains and Boats!

What: The Mt. Hood Railroad presents The Polar Express!  Read along with the story as the train makes its magical journey to the North Pole.  Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child.  Wear your pjs!
Where:  Mount Hood Railroad, 110 Railroad Ave, Hood River
When: Various dates between  November 10 and December 28
Cost: $18-38 ages 2-12, $26-46 adults

What: ORHF’s Holiday Express!  Take a magical train ride along the beautiful Willamette.
Where: Along Oaks Bottom
When: November 30-December 2, December 7-9, 14-16
Cost: $11 children, $17 adults, or $47 for 2 adults and 2

What: Portland Spirit’s Cinnamon Bear cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music and magic. Have your picture taken with the Cinnamon Bear himself atop his magical throne.
Where: Salmon Street Springs Fountain in Tom McCall Waterfront Park
When: Various dates December 2-27
Cost: $25 adults, $15 ages 1-12

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Bazaars and Crafts

What: Hip Happening Fall Holiday Bazaar. Start your gift shopping early at the Hip Happening. Over 40 artisans selling their unique one-of-a-kind creations.
Where: Boys & Girls Club, 7119 SE Milwaukie Ave
When: November 10 and December 8
Cost: Free!

What: Chanukah Fair. One-stop shopping for all your Chanukah needs
Where :Congregation Shaarie Torah
When: Sunday, November 18, 11 am – 3pm

What: Portland Expo Christmas Bazaar.  This colorful holiday event has been produced by the same small local company for 30 years.
Where: 4001 NE Halsey
When: November 23-25, November 30-December 2
Cost: Free!

What: Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar. The Tenth Annual Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar! Enjoy a variety of vendors that offer unique affordable, and often hand-made gifts sure to please friends and family.
Where: Sellwood Community Center
When: December 1, 9-4; December 2, 10-3
Cost: Free!

What: Trillium Charter School arts & crafts spectacular.  Featuring work from local artists, all of whom will donate 30% of their proceeds to the school.  There will also be student performances and food by Kids for Kenya.
Where: Trillium Charter School, 5420 N. Interstate Ave.
When: December 1, 10-6; December 2, 10-4
Cost: Free admission

What: 8th Annual Holiday Forest Market.  Browse the wares of many of our talented local vendors, and visit the holiday nature gift store. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of Tryon Creek’s education and restoration programs.
Where: Tryon Creek, 11321 SW Terwilliger
When: December 1-2, 9-4
Cost: Free to enter

What: Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar.  heck out the best holiday shopping from over 70 local artisans, along with amazing raffle prizes, photo booth, baked goodies, and hot food.  Pick up awesome items from Deborah Funches, Chet and Dot, Style Sister Studio, Magpie Ethel, Dolcetti Jewelry, Ginza Girl, and more!
Where: Laurelhurst School, 840 NE 41st Ave
When: December 2, 9-4
Cost: Free admission

What: Lake Oswego Mothers Club Holiday Bazaar.  Features photos with Santa, kids art projects, holiday music, cookie decorating, local artisans and vendors selling hand made crafts, direct sales items and gifts, and food carts.
Where: Willamette Room at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, LO
When: December 7, 2:30-7:30
Cost: Free admission

What: Leach Botanical Gardens Holiday Bazaar & Artist Market. You’ll find freshly made wreaths, swags, centerpieces, and cut greens to turn your home into a Winter Wonderland.  Plus the new holiday artist market, featuring local glass, ceramic, metal and fabric artists.
Where: Leach Botanical Gardens, 6704 SE 122nd Ave
When: December 7-8
Cost: Free!

What: Junior League of Portland’s Between the Lines committee hosts a holiday book fair.  A portion of all sales will help the committee purchase books for kids who are separated from their parents due to incarceration of military deployment.  There will also be holiday crafts, stories, and songs.
Where: Barnes & Noble at Bridgeport Village
When: December 8, 11-4
Cost: Free to attend

What: French International School Holiday Market.  Don’t miss this holiday market with its distinctly international atmosphere.  Sample crepes, wine, and cheeses while shopping.  Other 45 local vendors.
Where: FAIS Campus, 8500 NW Johnson St.
When: December 8, 9-4
Cost: Free admission.

What. Gift Making Sale at Micha-el School. Enjoy creating a variety of Waldorf holiday crafts with your children in a warm, festive environment  Leave with gifts wrapped and ready to share.  Suitable for ages 4 and up. Please register by checking the website.
Where: Micha-el School, 13515A SE Rusk Rd, Milwaukie
When: December 8, 10-1
Cost: $4/craft table, $14 for 4.

What: Crafty Wonderland holiday sale.  See some great local vendors’ wares – just in time for holiday shopping.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777  NE MLK
When: December 8 and 9
Cost: Free admission!

What: Carver School Holiday Bazaar.  Handmade and commercial items, raffle, silent auction, pictures with Santa to benefit Carver School.
Where: 16077 SE Hwy 224, Damascus
When: December 8 & 9, 9-5
Cost: Free admission

What:Stephenson Elementary Winter Arts Festival.  Enjoy music, snacks, create lots of fun crafts (cookie decorating, paper crafts, and shrinky dinks), and shop!  A portion of proceeds will benefit the Stephenson Elementary School PTA.
Where: 2627 SW Stephenson St, Portland
When: December 8, 10-4
Cost: Free admission

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Hanukkah Resources

Thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland for this compilation.  Please check the community calendar for further details and cancellations/changes.

What: Jewish Family & Child Service Mitzvah Menorah. An opportunity to help families in need have a happier Hanukkah
When: Ongoing thru mid-December
Please see the website for all details.

What: Chanukah Fair. One-stop shopping for all your Chanukah needs
Where: Congregation Shaarie Torah
When: Sunday, November 18, 11 am – 3pm

What: Hanukkah Helper. A one-time class to learn how to create a meaningful Hanukkah for the whole family. For parents of any religious background raising Jewish children. Co-hosted by The Mothers Circle, PJ Library & Congregation Shir Tikvah. RSVP to nashiraprojectdirector@shir-tikvah.net or 503-473-8227
Where: Congregation Shir Tikvah
When: November 29, 6:30 pm

What: Jewish Theatre Collaborative & PJ Library Present Power of Light—2 heartwarming PJ Library stories by Eric Kimmel & Patricia Polacco brought to life in play format.  Tickets available here.
Where/When: Sundays, Nov 25, Dec 2 & Dec 9, 11 am @ Miracle Theater AND December 9, 4 pm at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (in conjunction with Portland Jewish Academy)

What:Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Director Park. Join Chabad of Oregon for the nightly lighting of the Menorah. On December 20, there will be free latkes and dancing.
Where: Director Park, 815 SW Park
When: December 8-15.  Most nights at 5:30
Cost: Free!

What: Chanukah Wonderland on Portland’s East Side. Fun for the whole family! Chanukah crafts, refreshments, gift shop, entertainment and more!
Where:Beverly Cleary School 1915 NE 33rd
When: Sunday, December 9, 1:30-4:30 pm

What: Community Chanukah Celebration-Clark County/Vancouver, WA.  For more info, contact Tzivie Greenberg, 360-993-5222 info@jewishclarkcounty.com
Where: Hilton Vancouver
When:  December 9, 4:30-6 pm

What: Chanukah Jewish Celebration Night Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors. Tickets Everything Jewish 503-246-5437 or Joe Isse at 503-963-3974. Promo Code: Chanukah
Where: Portland Rose Garden
When: December 10,6 pm food, 7 pm tip-off

Volunteer/Give Back

Hand On Greater Portland is a fantastic site for finding family-friendly volunteer opportunities.  You can search to find opportunities to volunteer with your kids here.

Help Northwest foster kids by taking part in a Secret Santa Toy Drive for foster kids.  For more information on how to be a secret santa and drop locations, check here.

Now in its fifth year, Macy’s “Believe” campaign invites children of all ages to mail letters to
Santa using Macy’s Santa Mail letterboxes. For each letter collected now through
December 24th, Macy’s donates $1 for each letter mailed in store, up to $1 million,
to Make-A-Wish®. For more information, check here.

Portland Parks & Rec always has great opportunities for volunteering with the whole family.  Check their website here.

Jewish Family & Child Service Mitzvah Menorah is an opportunity to help families in need have a happier Hanukkah.  Check the details on their website.

What: Shopping for a Cause at the Oregon Food Bank, presented by the MOMS Club of Portland West Hills.  Admission is 1 can of food or $1 donation to the food bank. Additional cans of food = tickets for a chance to win prizes. Small activities will be available for kids.
When: November 15, 9:30-11:30
Where: The Oregon Food Bank, 1870 NW 173rd Ave, Beaverton

New Year’s Family Style

What: New Years at PCM. Ring in the New Year with Museum favorites, Greasy Kids Stuff as they spin groovy tunes! Join us for multiple New Years countdowns, noisemakers creations, and dance party.
Where: Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd
When: December 31, 9:30-1:30
Cost: Free with admission.

What: New Year’s Eve at Skamania Lodge. The celebration will have live music, party favors, and a balloon drop.
Where: Skamania Lodge, 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson WA
When: December 31, 7 PM – 1 AM
Cost: Not specified

Mr. Ben rings in the New Year Rio De Janeiro time for an all-ages, family-friendly show. Only $5.
5pm-6pm. More info here: http://nyemrben.brownpapertickets.com/

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Tabitha Rhodes

I am an explorer at heart – getting out and experiencing all that life has to offer is what I do best. Before I had a family, I traveled, played and explored — now that I have a family I enjoy doing those things with them. I’m happy to live in a place that let’s us do just that.

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Tabitha RhodesI am an explorer at heart - getting out and experiencing all that life has to offer is what I do best. Before I had a family, I traveled, played and explored -- now that I have a family I enjoy doing those things with them. I'm happy to live in a place that let's us do just that.View all posts by Tabitha Rhodes →