“There is no place like home.” The Wizard of Oz isn’t technically a holiday movie, but it overflows with wonder and holiday spirit. An all-ages Wizard of Oz sing-a-long is just one of the family traditions you can begin this weekend—from a Nutcracker production that’s sized down for children to a Christmas Ship Bonfire to the newest treat from Tears of Joy Theatre, Ride the Red Mare. There are also several opportunities for kids to get messy and create art at local studios—perfect for holiday gifts!

West side

Prints for Kids Workshop (pictured)
Send your kids down for a hands-on day at the presses. They’ll learn the basics of monoprinting in this fun and messy workshop, and go home with a stack of handmade, one-of-a-kind artworks. Sat. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. PICA at LUX. $15 PICA members/$20 general. 3-13. Event details.

Tears of Joy Ride the Red Mare
A brave girl sets out through the snowy woods to rescue her little brother from the trolls. She’s helped by her wooden horse, a small toy that’s transformed into a powerful mare to carry her through the darkness. Accompanied by an elegant music score, this play is a magical holiday treat. Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 11:00am, and Sunday at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm. $17, children; $20, adults. Best enjoyed by ages 3 and up. Event details.

A Nutcracker Tea
A Nutcracker Tea is an abridged, family-friendly 90-minute adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet. The classic story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince is told with beautiful music, colorful costumes, and delightful dancing. Fri-Sun. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm. PCC Sylvania. $12-$28. All. Event details.

East side

Wizard of Oz Sing Out
This annual holiday event is especially fun for the little ones because they are allowed to sing, dance and interact with the film. Costumes and fancy dress are encouraged and all dressed up guests can join Glinda and The Wicked Witch of The West for a costume parade before the film. Sat. 1-00 pm – 3:00 pm. The Bagdad Theater. $3. All. Event details.

Christmas Ships and Winter Solstice Bonfire
Haven’t seen the Christmas Ships yet this year? Now’s your chance! Both Christmas ship fleets will pass by Milwaukie around 5:30 pm. View The Christmas Ships, enjoy food and drink, and 
listen To the Dickens Carolers as you warm by the bonfire. Sat. 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Milwaukie Riverfront. Free. All. Event details.

Vibe: Art Open Studio
Vibe is opening it’s Creative Outlet Art Studio so your young artists can work on a variety of different art projects for the holiday season. All projects are take home ready at the end of the day and provide a snapshot into the classes that Vibe offers at the studio each quarter. Sat-Sun. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. TaborSpace. Free. 3-14. Event details.

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-Cheyenne Terbrueggen