PDX Kids Calendar’s 2013 Holiday Events Guide

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There’s no better time for family fun than the winter holiday season. From theater, music and ballet to visits with Santa, holiday light displays, craft bazaars and more, you’ll find exciting events and activities throughout the area all month long.

We’ve showcased some of our favorite seasonal events and diversions here. There’s a lot going on in downtown Portland, so be sure to check downtownportland.org for more.

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

Happy holidays!

Theater, Dance and Music
Holiday Light Displays
The Nutcracker
Holiday Trains, Ships & More
Visit With Santa
Holiday Shopping & Gift Making
Trees & Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Historic & Multicultural Holiday Events
Volunteer and Give Back this Holiday
New Year’s Eve

In most cases, only opening and closing dates are listed in the guide. Check websites for details on show dates and times.

Theater and Music

FEATURED LISTINGS

Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre
What: All-new production of The Peppermint Bear. Breakfast begins 20 minutes before the show.
When: 9, 11 am December 7, 14, 21
Cost: $12
Where: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State, Lake Oswego. 503-635-3901
lakewood-center.org

Frogz at the Imago Theatre - December 13 - Jan 5, 2013Imago Theatre presents FROGZ
What: Imago Theatre’s signature piece features crazy critters and fantasy aplenty. Best ages 4+.
When: December 13-Jan. 5
Cost: $31 adults, $27 youth, $16 kids
Where: 17 SE 8th. 503-231-9581
imagotheatre.com

 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
What: Delightful musical based on the beloved 1954 movie about a group of friends saving a Vermont resort.
When: December 13-29
Cost: $20-$36
Where: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State. 503-635-3901
lakewood-center.org

Northwest Children’s Theater presents Holiday Musical Reviews
What: Northwest Children’s Theater students perform North Pole Adventures and Sentimental Seasons.
When: 7 pm December 10, 11
Where: 1819 NW Everett. 503-222-2190
nwcts.org

Oregon Children’s Theatre present A WWII Radio Christmas: 1943 Edition
What: Oregon Children’s Theatre Young Professionals Company performs this back-in-the-day holiday radio show. Best ages 8+.
When: Dec 6-8, 13-15
Cost: $15 at door
Where: 1939 NE Sandy. 503-228-9571
octc.org

The Portland Ballet presents The Enchanted Toyshop and Firebird
What: The Portland Ballet performs two magical works, accompanied by the Portland State University (PSU) orchestra.
When: 1, 4 pm December 1
Cost: $5-$35
Where: PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park. 503-725-3307
theportlandballet.org

Portland Revels’ Christmas Revels
What: Portland Revels’ annual holiday favorite features broad humor, fun music and blessings of the season.
When: December 6-15
Cost: $7-$39
Where: Scottish Rite Center Theater. 1515 SW Morrison. 503-274-4654
portlandrevels.org

Singing Christmas Tree
What: This PDX tradition features a 300-voice choir, orchestra and special guests. Best ages 6+.
When: Nov. 30-December 1, December 6-8
Cost: $24-$84
Where: Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay. 503-557-8733
singingchristmastree.org

Tears of Joy Theatre presents "The Shoemaker and the Elves" - December 14-23, 2013Tears of Joy Theatre presents The Shoemaker and the Elves
What: Tears of Joy Theatre’s enchanting puppets update a well-loved tale.
When: December 13-22. Free puppet crafts an hour before weekend performances.
Cost: $18 adult, $15 student, $13 ages 0-13.
Where: Markham School, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy. 503-248-0557
tojt.org

 

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents A Christmas Carol
What: Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents a two-actor version of the holiday classic, followed by a Q&A with the actors. Best grades K-6.
When: 10:30 am December 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $5, free ages 0-2
Where: Artist Rep Theatre Lobby, 1516 SW Alder. 503-241-1278
travelinglantern.com

Tuba Christmas
What: More than 200 tubas play holiday favorites.
When: 1:30 pm December 14
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square. 715 SW Morrison. 503-223-1613
thesquarepdx.org

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Bad Reputation Productions presents Rudolph On Stage
What: Bad Reputation Productions presents a live version of the classic animated TV show.
When: 2 pm December 14, 21
Cost: $15
Where: Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh
badreputationprods.com

Beaverton Civic Theater presents If It’s Monday, This Must Be Christmas
What: Beaverton Civic Theater presents this holiday whodunit.
When: December 1, 6-8
Cost: $15 adults, $12 students, $5 ages 0-10
Where: Beaverton Library, 12375 SW 5th. 503-754-9866
beavertoncivictheatre.org

Broadway Rose Theatre presents Plaid Tidings
What: Broadway Rose Theatre’s 1960s-style quartet harmonizes some holiday cheer. Ages 8+ (no one under 6 admitted).
When: Through December 22
Cost: $20-$37
Where: New Stage, 12850 SW Grant, Tigard. 503-620-5262
broadwayrose.org

Evergreen Museum Holiday Movies
What: All movies play at 6 pm. December 6: Christmas Vacation
When: December 13: Elf; December 20: White Christmas.
Cost: $11 adult, $9 ages 5-16, $5 members
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way (Hwy. 18), McMinnville; 503-434-4185
evergreenmuseum.org

Junior Symphony of Vancouver
What: Young musicians perform Haydn, Mozart and Christmas carols, with dessert, hors d’oeuvres.
When: 3 pm December 15.
Cost: $20
Where: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. 360-696-4084
oregonchamberplayers.org

Miracle Theatre presents Posada Milagro
What: Bilingual Christmas celebration with a Latin American twist featuring theater, music, dance, arts and crafts, storytelling, piñatas, more.
When: 1-5 pm December 15. Stage performances 2, 4 pm (tix available 1 pm).
Cost: Bring donations of non-perishable foods for the Oregon Food Bank.
Where: Miracle Theatre, 537 SE Stark. 503-236-7253
milagro.org

Pacific Youth Choir
What: Holiday concerts
When: December 22. Younger choirs, 2 pm; high school choirs, 5 pm.
Cost: $12-$30
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th. 503-780-1675
pacificyouthchoir.org

Piano Santa Foundation Recital
What: Students perform
When: 1:30 pm December 7
Where: Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st. 503-245-6269
pianosanta.org

Polar Express at Evergreen
What: Watch the movie along with the following special events.
When: Doors open at 9:15, film starts at 10 am. Dec 7, hot cocoa bar ($20; members $5 off). December 14: See Santa fly in on a helicopter and read The Polar Express, plus cookies, cocoa and the movie ($17, members $2 off). December 21: Wear your jammies to watch the movie
Cost: $11 adults, $9 kids, $7 members
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way (Hwy. 18), McMinnville; 503-434-4185
evergreenmuseum.org

Portland Playhouse presents A Christmas Carol
What: Portland Playhouse presents Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.
When: December 5-29
Cost: $15-$30
Where: 602 NE Prescott. 503-488-5822
portlandplayhouse.org

Portland Symphonic Girlchoir
What: Two family-friendly concerts.
When: Jingle Bear, 3 pm December 14. Holiday Concert, 3 pm December 21.
Cost: $21 adult, $17 student
Where: Zion Lutheran Church, 1015 SW 18th. 503-226-6162
girlchoir.com

Portland Youth Philharmonic presents Concert at Christmas
What: Portland Youth Philharmonic performs.
When: 7:30 pm December 26
Cost: $17-$40
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 503-223-5939
portlandyouthphil.org

Stumptown Stages presents It’s A Wonderful Life
What: Stumptown Stages presents a musical version of the holiday favorite
When: Through December 22
Cost: $29.25-$46.25
Where: Brunish Theater, 1111 SW Broadway. 503-248-4335
portland5.com

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Holiday Light Displays

Featured Listings

Oregon Zoo - ZooLights November 29 2013 - January 5, 2013ZooLights
What: More than 1 million LED lights turn the Oregon Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland. Note: No zoo train this year.
When: 5-8 pm Sun.-Thurs., 5-8:30 Fri., Sat. Nov. 29-Jan 5 (except December 24, 25).
Cost: $10 adults, $7 ages 3-11, free ages 0-2.
Where: 4001 SW Canyon. 503-226-1561.
oregonzoo.org

 

The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights - December 2013Grotto Festival of Lights
What: Twinkling lights, 160+ indoor concerts, outdoor caroling, puppet shows, petting zoo, more.
When: 5-9:30 pm Nov. 29-December 30 (closed December 25).
Cost: $9, $4 ages 3-12, free ages 0-2.
Where: NE 85th & Sandy. 503-261-2400
thegrotto.org

 

Christmas in the Garden
What: Holiday market, live music, light displays and more at the Oregon Garden.
When: 4-9 pm Fri.-Sun. Nov. 29-December 22. Live reindeer and photos with Santa Dec 6-8 (bring your own camera). Pony rides December 14. Traveling Lantern’s A Christmas Carol 5 pm December 15.
Cost: $5, $4 members, free ages 0-4, member discount.
Where: 879 W Main, Silverton. 503-874-8100
oregongarden.org

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PIR Winter Wonderland
What: Spectacular drive-through light display. Check website for more special events.
When: 5-9 pm Sun.-Thurs., 5-11 pm Fri., Sat. Nov .28-December 25. $16 car,
Cost: $18 van, cash or check only. Wed. is bus night. Two car-free nights: Dec 2 (walk night), December 9 (bike night).
Where: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory. 503-232-3000
globaleventsgrouppdx.com

Pittock Mansion
What: The historic Portland home will be decked out with A Locally Crafted Christmas theme.
When: 11 am- 4 pm through Jan. 2 (closed December 25).
Cost: $8.50 adults, $5.50 ages 6-18, free ages 0-6.
Where: 3229 NW Pittock. 503-823-3623
pittockmansion.org

Fantasy Trail
What: Take a festive walk down a twinkling wooded path with a 40-foot castle, more. Bonfire nightly.
When: 6-9 pm daily December 2-30 (closed December 24, 25).
Cost: $5 adult, $4 ages 0-12.
Where: Wenzel Farm, 19754 South Ridge, Oregon City. 503-631-2047
fantasytrail.com

Sea of Lights
What: Live holiday music, Santa and twinkling lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
When: 6:30-9:30 pm December 6, 7.
Cost: $5, or $2, plus two cans of food, pet food or unwrapped toy. Beginning December 8, festive lights sparkle every Sat., Sun. from 5-8 pm ($8 person).
Where: 2820 SE Ferry Slip, Newport. 541-867-3474
aquarium.org

Christmas Ships
What: Volunteers festoon their boats with lights and glide down the Columbia and Willamette rivers.
When: Parade starts between 5 and 7 pm nightly, Dec 6-21 (no parade December 9). Check website for detailed schedule and recommended public viewing spots.
christmasships.org

Peacock Lane
What: As always, this charming little street will be decked out in its shimmering finest. Avoid the vehicle congestion by parking a few blocks away and walking down the lane, but please be respectful of the neighbors.
When: 6-11 pm December 15-31. Closed to vehicles December 15, 16.
Cost: FREE
Where: SE Peacock Lane between Stark & Belmont
peacocklane.net

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The Nutcracker

Featured Listings

Northwest Dance Theatre
What: A Nutcracker Tea is a family-friendly, abridged version of the holiday classic. Ages 4+.
When: December 14-15, 20-22
Cost: $14-$30
Where: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th. 503-925-3898
nwdt.org

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Northwest Classical Ballet
What: Professional and pre-professional dancers perform the classic holiday ballet. Ages 4+.
When: December 6-8
Cost: $15
Where: Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E 18th, Vancouver. 888-487-7454
northwestclassicalballet.com

Classical Ballet Academy
When: December 13-15
Cost: $16-$22
Where: Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park. 503-890-6101
classicalballet.net

Oregon Ballet Theatre
What: OBT presents George Balanchine’s choreography. Some performances feature a live orchestra. Ages 4+.
When: December 14-24
Cost: $25-$144
Where: Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay. 503-222-5538
obt.org

Portland Festival Ballet
When: December 21-24
Cost: $30 adult, $25 student
Where: Arts & Communication Magnet Academy Performing Arts Center, 11375 SW Center, Beaverton. 503-245-5269
portlandfestivalballet.org

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Holiday Trains, Ships & More

Featured ListingS

The Polar Express
What: Wear your jammies, hear the story, sing carols, meet Santa and get a special treat.
When: Four departures daily, through December 29.
Cost: $18-$46. Advance purchase recommended; trips sell out quickly.
Where: Mt. Hood Railroad, 110 Railroad, Hood River. 800-872-4661
mthoodrr.com

Holiday Express
What: A 45-minute ride along the Willamette River in vintage rail cars pulled by a live-steam locomotive.
When: Multiple departures Nov. 29-December 15.
Cost: $18 adult, $12 ages 2-12, $54 family of 4. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Where: Departs Oaks Station, 7806 SE Oaks Park Way. 503-233-5777
orhf.org

Cinnamon Bear Cruise November 30 - December 7, 2013Cinnamon Bear Cruise
What: Be transported to the nostalgic world of Maybeland during this enchanting two-hour cruise. Enjoy story time with Queen Melissa, magic from Presto the Magician, sailor training with Captain Taffy, silliness with Crazy Quilt Dragon and photos with the Cinnamon Bear atop his magical throne.
When: Multiple departures Nov. 30-December 27.
Cost: $30 adults, $22 ages 1-12.
Where: Board at SW Salmon
cinnamonbearcruises.com

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Holiday Steam Up
What: Staver Locomotive shows off model trains and takes donations for Friendly House. Kiddo crafts, music. Dress warmly; unheated space.
When: 2-5 pm December 1
Cost: Free, donations appreciated.
Where: 2537 NW 29th. 503-222-3223
staverlocomotive.com

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Visit with Santa

Featured Listings

Macy’s Santaland
What: The historic Monorail and train garden are on display, and photo packages are available.
When: Santaland is open most store hours through December 24.Get a photo with Santa and the family pet on Pet Nights, 6-8 pm December 5, 12.
macys.com/holidayevents

A Visit with Santa
What: Enjoy a night of play at the Portland Children’s Museum. Meet Santa and get a professional photo with him.
When: 5-8:30 pm December 7, 13, 14, 20, 21.
Cost: $20; $15 members
Where: 4015 SW Canyon. 503-223-6500
portlandcm.org

Santa House on the Bricks
What: Visit with Santa at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
When: 9 am-9 pm December 12- 24. Reserve your place in line via web, text, phone or in person and receive an approximate return time; check website for details.
Where: 715 SW Morrison. 855-411-4646
portlandsanta.com

Santa Parties at Play Boutique
What: Take photos with Santa; make ornaments, handprints and gifts; decorate cookies; more.
When/Where 11 am-1 pm December 7: 464 First, Lake Oswego, 503-675-7529. 11 am-1 pm December 14: 12345 SW Horizon, Beaverton, 503-352-5202.
Cost: $15 per child
playboutique.squarespace.com

Santa & Reindeer at Dennis’ 7 Dees December 6, 7, 8, 2013Santa & Reindeer at Dennis’ 7 Dees
What: Crafts, cookies, cocoa and cider plus Santa and live reindeer. Bring your own camera.
When/Where: Reindeer 10 am-5 pm; Santa noon-4 pm. December 6: 1090 McVey, Lake Oswego; December 7: 6025 SE Powell; December 8: 10455 SW Butner.
Cost: Bring a new or a gently used blanket, jacket or pillow to donate to Human Solutions
dennis7dees.com

McMenamin's Breakfast with Santa - December 2013McMenamins Breakfast with Santa
What: Enjoy a nice breakfast while your kids chat with the Jolly Old Elf. Bring your own camera.
Cost: $17 adults, $12 kids; purchase in advance at mcmenamins.com.
Dates/locations: 9 am, 11 am December 7, 8: Kennedy School, Grand Lodge, Hotel Oregon; 8 am, 10 am December 14, 15: Cornelius Pass Roadhouse; 9 am, 11 am December 14, 15: Edgefield; 8 am, 10 am December 15: St. Johns Theater and Pub; 9 am, 11 am December 21: Wilsonville Old Church; 9 am, 11 am December 21: Crystal Ballroom.
Visit mcmenamins.com for addresses and tickets.

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Christmas in Dairyville
What: Alpenrose Dairy’s traditional Storybook Lane features 300+ decorated trees, live animals, train displays, holiday movies, music, professional photos with Santa, more.
When: December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22.
Cost: Free admission.
Where: 6149 SW Shattuck. 503-244-1133
alpenrose.com

Story Time with Mrs. Claus
What: Al’s Garden Centers hosts the good wife reading holiday stories. Bring your camera.
When/Where: 10:30 am. December 7: Woodburn, 1220 N Pacific Hwy. December 14: Sherwood, 16920 SW Roy Rogers. December 21: Gresham, 7505 SE Hogan. 503-726-1162
Cost: FREE
als-gardencenter.com‎

Santa Brunch
What: MOMS Club of West Linn hosts a continental breakfast, photo with Santa, crafts, face painting, silent auction, more.
When: 10:30 am-2 pm December 15.
Costs: $12, free ages 0-2. Fundraiser for Clackamas Women’s Services for victims of domestic violence.
Where: Oregon Golf Club, 25700 SW Pete’s Mt. Rd. 503-970-6652
momsclubowestlinn.org

Santa Fly-In at Evergreen
What: Santa Claus will fly in on his helicopter and read The Polar Express, then watch the movie with cookies and cocoa after.
When: 10 am December 14.
Cost: $17, members $2 off (includes movie).
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way (Hwy. 18), McMinnville; 503-434-4185
evergreenmuseum.org

Santa Safety Saturday at Belmont Firehouse
What: Learn about holiday safety, take a photo with Santa, refreshments. (Bring your own camera or they’ll take a photo.)
When: 10 am-4 pm December 14
Cost: $5
Where: Belmont Firehouse, 900 SE 35th. 503-823-3615
jeffmorrisfoundation.org

Hagg’s Tree Farm
What: U-cut trees, farm animals, holiday shop, more. Santa visits 11 am-3 pm first two weekends in December. Weekend hayrides.
When: Open 10 am-5 pm Mon-Fri., 9 am-5 pm Sat., Sun.
Where: 18175 SW McCormick Hill, Hillsboro. 503-628-1007
haggsfarm.com

Santa on Alberta Street
What: Velour Photography offers photos with Santa
When: 11 am-6 pm Fri., Sat., Sun. December 6-22.
Cost: $20 for 2-5x7s, 8 wallets. Pre-purchase online for free digital download.
Where: 1627 NE Alberta. 503-812-0016
velourphotography.photoshelter.com

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Holiday Shopping & Gift Making

Featured Listings

Cedarwood Waldorf School Winter Faire
What: Grown-ups can shop the market and kids can visit the crystal cookie cave, make crafts, play games, more.
When: 10 am- 6 pm December 7
Where: 3030 SW 2nd. 503-245-1477
cedarwoodschool.org

Sauvie Island Farms
What: U-cut Christmas trees.
When: 10 am-5 pm though December 21. (Bring the ad from the December issue of Metro Parent for $5 off).
Where: 19818 NW Sauvie Island. 503-621-3918
sauvieislandfarms.com

Drop & Shop at Play Boutique
What: Drop the kids off for holiday gift making, lunch and activities while you shop.
When/Where: 9:30 am-12:30 pm. December 7: 464 First, Lake Oswego, 503-675-7529. December 14, 21: 12345 SW Horizon, Beaverton, 503-352-5202.
Cost: $30 first child, $15 each additional child.
playboutique.squarespace.com

Micha-elSchool_HH13Make-A-Gift Faire
What: Kids ages 3-11 can craft unique holiday gifts.
When: 10 am-2 pm December 14.
Cost: $4/craft, $14/four crafts
Where: Micha-el School, 13515A SE Rusk. 503-882-3322
micha-elschool.org

 

Lake Oswego Holiday Market
What: LO Mothers Club sponsors this shopping extravaganza with entertainment, Friday happy hour, Saturday kiddo activities including pictures with Santa, more.
When: 5-8:30 pm December 6, 10 am-4 pm December 7.
Cost: Free admission; charge for some activities.
Where: West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way
lomoms.com

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Decorative Wrapping Paper
What: Make cards, gift bags and paper with help from an artist.
When: 3:30-5 pm December 5.
Cost: FREE
Where: Belmont Library, 1038 SE Cesar E Chavez. 503-988-5382
multcolib.org

Multnomah Arts Center Winter Arts & Crafts Sale
What: Hand-crafted items by instructors and students from Portland Parks & Recreation’s Multnomah Arts Center. Proceeds support local arts education and participating artists.
When: 9 am-9 pm December 5, 6; 9 am-4 pm December 7.
Where: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. 503-823-2787
multnomahartscenter.org

Capitol Hill School Holiday Market
What: School fundraiser with local artisans.
When: 5-8 pm December 6, 10 am-4 pm December 7.
Where: 8401 SW 17th
holidaymarketpdx.blogspot.com

Friends of Tryon Creek Forest Market
What: Eco-friendly and sustainable crafts and edibles from local artisans. Proceeds benefit Friends of Tryon Creek.
When: 9 am-4 pm December 7, 8.
Where: Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger. 503-636-4398
tryonfriends.org

French American International School
What: More than 45 vendors with distinctive goods, plus entertainment, wine, cheese, pastries, more.
When: 9 am-4 pm December 7.
Cost: Free admission; benefits the school.
Where: 8500 NW Johnson. 503-292-7776
faispdx.org

Decemberville
What: Gifts to buy, pictures with Santa, double-decker bus rides, puppet show, a toy drive for Raphael House and more at participating businesses in Sellwood-Westmoreland. Free movie at the Moreland Theater at 11 am.
When: 11 am- 6 pm December 7
sellwoodwestmoreland.com

Holiday in the Grove
What/When: Holiday activities and artisan market December 7. Breakfast with Santa at Main Bistro 8:30 am; ends at dusk with a lighted parade.
Where: Main, Forest Grove
fgcityclub.com

Lewis Elementary School
What: Tree sale, holiday bazaar to benefit Lewis Elementary.
When: 10 am-4 pm December 7.
Where: 4401 SE Evergreen
pta.lewiselementary.org

da Vinci Arts Fair
What: Arty one-of-a-kind gifts plus music, hands-on activities.
When: 10 am-5 pm December 7, 10 am-4 pm December 8
Cost: Free admission; benefits da Vinci Arts Middle School.
Where: 2508 NE Everett. 503-916-5356
pps.k12.or.us/schools/davinci/

Peninsula School Holiday Bazaar
What: Celebrate Latino traditions and art with handmade gifts, music, food, raffle, face painting, ornament decorating, more. Benefits the Peninsula School PTA.
When: 9:30 am-3 pm December 7.
Where: 8125 N Emerald
pps.k12.or.us/schools/peninsula

Trillium Arts and Crafts Spectacular
What: More than 40 talented artists selling everything from handmade soap to tutus, plus food, music.
When: 10 am-5 pm December 7, 8.
Where: Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate. 503-285-3833
trilliumcharterschool.org

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Trees & Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Gresham Tree Lighting & Holiday Festival
What: Santa and hot beverages. Bring non-perishable food for SnowCap.
When/Where: Nov. 30. 5 pm music, 6 pm tree lighting (Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd). More activities around town all day: 10 am-4 pm photo with Santa, crafts at Gresham History Museum. 11 am-4 pm: music, games, fun with Radio Disney on Main; gingerbread decorating at iCandy; cupcake decorating at Bella Cupcake; more.
GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsPlaza

Beaverton Tree Lighting
What: Library open house, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Radio Disney, more.
When: December 6. 5-7 pm; 7 pm tree lighting.
Cost: FREE
Where: Beaverton Library and Park, 12375 SW 5th. 503-526-2222
beavertonoregon.gov

Tualatin Tree Lighting
What: Carolers, refreshments, Santa, kiddo activities, more.
When: 5:30-9 pm December 6
Cost: FREE
Where: Lake at Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg. 503-691-3076
tualatinoregon.gov

Providence Festival of Trees
What: More than 100 decorated trees, entertainment, Santa, cookie decorating, crafts, teddy bear hospital, more.
When: 10:30 am-5 pm December 6. 9 am-5 pm December 7.
Cost: $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12, free ages 0-2.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. 503-216-6625
oregon.providence.org

Milwaukie Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting
What: Decorate an umbrella and march with the band to City Hall for holiday tree lighting with Santa.
When: Staging 3:30 pm, parade 4 pm, tree lighting 4:30 pm, December 7.
Where: Meet at Portland Waldorf School, 2300 SE Harrison. 503-786-7568
milwaukieoregon.gov

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Historic & Multicultural Holiday Events

Heritage Holidays in Oregon City
What: Celebrate 1850s-style with music, parlor games, more.
When: 2-6 pm December 1
Cost: FREE
Where: Barclay House, 719 Center, and McLoughlin House, 713 Center. 503-656-5151
nps.gov/fova

Holiday Gathering
Holiday storytelling and music, cookie decorating, crafts.
When: 1-4 pm December 7.
Cost: $5 to park.
Where: Champoeg State Heritage Area, 8239 Champoeg NE, St. Paul. 503-678-1251
champoeg.org

Scan Fair
What: Scandinavian entertainment, crafts, kids’ area, Finnish Santa, more.
When: 10 am-5 pm December 7, 10 am-4 pm December 8.
Cost: $7 adult, $5 student, free ages 0-12.
Where: Memorial Coliseum, 330 N Winning Way. 503-977-0275
scanheritage.org

Christmas in the Country
What: Cookies, cider, traditional music, Santa.
When: 11 am-4 pm December 7, 8.
Cost: $5 person, $20 family.
Where: Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy. 211, Eagle Creek. 503-637-6324
philipfosterfarm.com

Kwanzaa
What: Celebrate Ujima, collective work and responsibility.
When: 12-2 pm December 28
Cost: FREE
Where: North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth. 503-988-5394
multcolib.org

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Volunteer and Give Back this Holiday

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.

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

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New Year’s Eve

New Year’s @ Noon
What: Celebrate at the Portland Children’s Museum.
When: Countdowns at 11, 11:30 am, 12, 12:30 and 1 pm December 31. Dance party. Create a noise maker 9:30 am-noon.
Cost: Free w/admission $10.
Where: 4015 SW Canyon. 503-223-6500
portlandcm.org

New Year’s Eve Skate
What: All ages party, special activities, prizes, DJ, glow skate.
When: 7 pm-1 am December 31.
Cost: $20 per skater.
Where: Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 503-233-5777
oakspark.com

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