December is here and it’s getting chilly outside. No reason to fret—as always Portland is packed with fun seasonal events and activities for your family. Feeling festive? Check out one of the holiday bazaars or get crafty and make a gingerbread house. Feeling restless? Sign up for the Jingle Bell Run! Read on to find out more about what Portland has in store for you this weekend.


photo: Charlie Kuehn via Flickr

N Portland

Visit The Christmas Bazaar
Take your kids to visit Santa and get your holiday shopping done at the same time. Visit with Santa in Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village is a large, walk-through display that changes every year. Santa of course, is the star and photos can be taken with your own cell phone or you can purchase a printed version to take with you. Santa’s Village is in Hall D (the slightly smaller building). Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Catch Caspar Babypants Holiday Show
Caspar Babypants is making his way down to Portland, with a new holiday record out. Come join in this once in a lifetime festive show. You and your littles will love singing and dancing your afternoon away.Doors Open 30 min before show times. Food/Drinks for the whole family will be available for purchase in the Village Ballroom bar thanks to The Oregon Public House. Sun. Event Details.

NW Portland

Travel Over the Rainbow to The Wizard of OZ
There’s no place like Oz! This holiday season, travel over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, and wizards. Join four unlikely friends as they set out to discover wisdom, compassion, courage, and the way home. Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Create Your Own Worry Doll
In Guatemala, Worry Dolls were created many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. Learn about the tradition and magic of worry dolls and then make your own tiny doll with the team from Keep Oregon Well. Keep Oregon Well is a public advocacy campaign designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health and stand with those who may be struggling with theirs. Fri. Event Details.

Join the Jingle Bell Run
The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say Yes to furthering a great cause. Put on your reindeer antlers and running shoes- and bring your friends and family to a fun-filled day of holiday cheer. If you’d rather walk, no problem! Sun. Event Details.

Spend the Morning with Santa
Skip the lines at the mall and come to the Museum for a private meet-and-greet with the man of the hour, Santa! Your visit includes play time in the Museum, professional photos in front of a winter wonderland backdrop with St. Nick, and complimentary coffee and hot cocoa. There’s no waiting in line, we’ll find you when it’s your turn. See you at Morning with Santa! Sun. Event Details.


Craft a Gingerbread House
Make your very own gingerbread house. No frosting required this year, though the staff will provide an assortment of candy treats to decorate The Craft Factory way – with a glue gun! Your candy will be extra secure as you decorate your seasonal house. While you can’t eat your house, you can enjoy some delicious gingerbread treats. Sat. Event Details.


Shop a German Holiday Market
Experience an authentic, tented German Holiday Market. You can shop for all the German classics like nutcrackers, advent calendars, and both local and imported handmade holiday decorations. You and your kids will also be able to experience German food, culture, entertainment, and visit the booths of over 30 craft and local artisan vendors. Fri. Event Details.


Enjoy Exploring Art
Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School is hosting their Fourth Annual Explore Art! Community Event. This free event is open to the community. This year’s theme is ‘Written and Spoken Word in this Geographical Place.’ You will find artwork and workshops that explore the connections between local artisans, authors and storytellers. Join us for an art gallery, live performances, mini-classes, and shopping the art market. If all this art whets your appetite, for a small fee, enjoy dinner and dessert. Fri. Event Details.

Eagle Creek

Celebrate Christmas in the Country
This free event is a gift to your Family! Meet with Santa in the parlor, enjoy some pioneer hospitality, traditional music, and get your Christmas tree while you’re here! Visit the store for an interesting variety of books, toys, games, and crafts. Sat. Event Details.

What’s your favorite early winter family event? Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Annette Benedetti