Take advantage of the tons of holiday events occurring this weekend to create some magical memories! To start off, why not visit the Cinnamon Bear Cruise aboard The Portland Spirit? One of Santa’s reindeer awaits you at Dennis’ 7 Dees nursery; the majestic animal has made the long journey from the North Pole just to say hello to you! Breakfast with Santa in Vancouver is a treat you just can’t miss; take advantage of the weekend to listen to a reading and see a showing of The Polar Express. Penny’s Puppet Productions is performing “The Mitten” this weekend; the Mudeye Puppet Company is holding an Open House. Anna Antonia Giedwoyn would love for you to celebrate the release of her new album with her, but keep an eye on the wilderness – Tryon Creek State Park is holding their annual Forest Market Sustainable Holiday Fair.

The Laurelhurst Winter Artisan Bazaar takes place this Saturday; the bazaar itself incorporates items crafted by more than 50 local artisans as well as events like a raffle and a silent auction of artists’ interpretations of wreaths. Delicious food and a variety of activities just for kids make this a great way to get some holiday shopping done while supporting the Laurelhurst School.

Eastside

Reindeer Magic!
Come meet a live reindeer! Sip apple cider and nosh on cookies while checking out the trees and wreaths for sale at Dennis’ 7 Dees; take a picture with Frosty and his reindeer pal. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

The Mitten
Penny’s Puppet Productions presents “The Mitten”, a reinterpretation of a traditional Ukrainian story about Rough and Tumble and their adventures in a winter sledding party. Penny’s shows are a local favorite; expect audience participation, music, and a great time! Fri., 10:00 a.m., Portland, $5 per person, $17 for four people, under 1 free. Event details.

CD Release Party
Anna Antonia Giedwoyn appeals to all ages; her music is sophisticated enough for adults, but silly enough for children! It’s time to celebrate Giedwoyn’s new album – Goldfish Don’t Eat Pizza – with live music, face-painting, balloon animals, dancers, prizes, refreshments and more. Sat., 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Mudeye Puppet Company Open House
Planning a trip to the Cathedral Park Place Holiday Sale? You’re in luck! The Mudeye Puppet Company will be hosting a corresponding Open House, complete with arts and crafts, a chance to meet your favorite puppets, and some surprises! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Westside

Cinnamon Bear Cruise
You can meet the Cinnamon Bear this weekend at a two-hour cruise on The Portland Spirit! Enjoy a sumptious spread of 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! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – noon and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun., 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, $28 13+, $20 1-12, under 1 free. Event details.

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Forest Market Sustainable Holiday Fair
Come and spend the day at Tryon Creek State Park! Peruse handmade crafts and listen to local authors speak – there’s something for every here! A guided nature hike is scheduled for Saturday morning and an activity on making magnets and ornaments from recycled materials is planned for the afternoon; a class on Japanese reusable wrapping fabric is offered Sunday afternoon. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Suburbs

Breakfast with Santa
A magical morning for children of all ages! Enjoy a yummy breakfast, take in Ronald McDonald’s Big Red Shoe Show, and work on holiday crafts before meeting thethe jolly old elf himself! All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Sat., 8:00 a.m., Vancouver, $8 per ticket, under 2 free with purchase of one adult admission. Event details.

The Polar Express Pajama Day
Jump out of bed and hop on The Polar Express at the Evergreen IMAX Theater! The family can spend a fun-filled morning making holiday ornaments, listening to a reading of The Polar Express by Amy from 99.5 The Wolf, and watch the 3D movie on the largest IMAX screen in the Northwest. Sat., 9:30 a.m., McMinnville, $12 per ticket, $2 discount if you wear pajamas. Event details.