From gingerbread adventures to nights spent in enchanted toy shops, the season of magic has arrived and with it comes events you’ll want to fill your weekend calendar with. If your little elves just can’t wait to see Santa, we know where to find him. Does an extraordinary cruise aboard a ship or train sound perfect? Then read on to find out more.

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photo: Seth Long via Flickr

SE Portland

Meet the Amazing Bubble Man
Take your kids and grandkids to the Clinton Street Theater and give them a treat they’ll never forget–The Amazing Bubble Man! Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Go on a Gingerbread Adventure at Omsi
Run, run as fast as you can to Gingerbread Adventures, an exhibit that takes a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday activity—gingerbread houses! With giant sculptures and fun activities, Gingerbread Adventures is a treat for the whole family this holiday season. Sat. & Sun. Event Detail.

SW Portland

Take a Trip to The Enchanted Toyshop!
You don’t want to miss The Enchanted Toyshop by John Clifford, and, with the PSU Orchestra, the world premiere of Gift Box by Anne Mueller.The Enchanted Toyshop is TPB’s signature showpiece, an enduring favorite. The magic begins when two children are accidentally locked all night in a toyshop, and Pinocchio reigns over a parade of playful toys that come to life to entertain the guests. Gift Box, will be performed by pre-professionals and advanced students, and accompanied by the Portland State University Orchestra, under the direction of Ken Selden. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Watch the My Macy’s Holiday Parade
Come kick off the holiday season with the 29th Annual My Macy’s Holiday Parade. This year’s parade features 25 inflatable floats, local middle and high school marching bands, nearly 650 costumed characters and community drill teams. Santa will dash in on his reindeer-led sleigh and head, directly to his holiday post at Santaland® on Level A at Macy’s Downtown Portland. Visiting hours begin at 11:00 am. Fri. Event Details.

Visit Macy’s Santaland
The holidays would not be the same without a trip to see Santa Old St. Nick will listen to holiday wishes and be available for portraits in Macy’s Santaland® on Level A in Macy’s Downtown Portland! Santaland ® will be open every day through December 24. Check macys.com/events for hours of operation. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Take the Cinnamon Bear Cruise on Portland Spirit
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. Make this a holiday your child will remember forever. Sat. Event Details.

Downtown Portland

Take a Trip to The Enchanted Toyshop!
You don’t want to miss The Enchanted Toyshop by John Clifford, and, with the PSU Orchestra, the world premiere of Gift Box by Anne Mueller.The Enchanted Toyshop is TPB’s signature showpiece, an enduring favorite. The magic begins when two children are accidentally locked all night in a toyshop, and Pinocchio reigns over a parade of playful toys that come to life to entertain the guests. Gift Box, will be performed by pre-professionals and advanced students, and accompanied by the Portland State University Orchestra, under the direction of Ken Selden. Fri., Sat., &Sun. Event Details.

Silverton

Experience Christmas in the Garden
Christmas in the Garden is an award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest. Upon arrival, you will enter the Garden and board the Holiday Express, where you will be whisked to the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest where you can, ice skate with your family, shop with artisan vendors at a traditional German Christmas Market, walk through 500,000+ Christmas lights, sip gluhwein and other holiday beverages, listen to festive music & carolers, warm up next to fire pits, and, of course, take photos with Santa! Fri. Event Details.

Tigard

Raise Your Voice at the Santa Sing-Along
Santa is touching down at Broadway Rose to celebrate the merriest season with a lively sing-along, storytelling, and a special gift for each child! Hosted by the Broadway Rose Theatre Guild, this festive event is a jolly opportunity to spend time with a good little boy or girl in your life. Together you’ll enjoy singing favorite holiday carols, led by Broadway Rose performers with live accompaniment, and a special story reading by old St. Nick himself! After the sing-along, children will have the chance to meet Santa and give him their holiday wishes. Sat. Event Details.

McMinnville

Catch the Polar Express Movie
Do you Believe? Come watch the story of a young boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. You will become part of an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Sat. Event Details.

What is your families favorite magical, seasonal event? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti