The Holiday Express

Enjoying the holiday season? Need some more festivities to bolster – or kick-start – your cheer? This weekend is chock-full of exciting events! If your little ones love trains, check out two holiday train options; one in Portland at Oaks Park Station and the other in north Clark County. Some holiday performances have recently hit the scene – the Latin American Posada Milagro celebration, The Nutcracker, as performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Children’s Theatre’s improv troupe, and a puppet show by Penny’s Puppet Productions have come to town. Finally, be sure to keep an eye out for the Holiday Village in Nob Hill, a fused glass ornament class, and a Victorian country Christmas day at Philip Foster Farm.

Still have gifts to buy? Head to Raleigh Hills School on Saturday for the  Holly Raleigh Gift Market for items made by local artists; all proceeds go to the school’s art programs. Bundle up to experience a beautiful Portland tradition; the Christmas Ship Parade will set sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers starting Thursday and ending December 21.

Eastside

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s Holiday Express
Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride on Portland’s famous steam locomotives! Vintage rail cars transport you through the wilderness in the heart of the city; roundtrip rides run from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. Fri. – Sun., multiple departure times, Portland, $16 13+, $10 3-12, $45 family pack (2 adults and 2 children). Event details.

Posada Milagro
Enjoy a day of Latin American fun! Spanish-language performance, live music, dance presentations, and arts and crafts workshops make this an event the entire family is sure to enjoy. Bilingual storytelling for kids under 5 years old, a piñata and, of course, traditional pan dulce (sweet bread) and tamales are not to be missed! Sun., 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Fused Glass Holiday Ornament Class
Release your inner Dale Chihuly while getting creative with your little one! Layer upon layer of vibrant, luminous glass will combine to create sparkling ornaments that make your home, Christmas tree or Hanukah bush the talk of the neighborhood. Each participant can make up to five ornaments of assorted sizes, shapes and colors. Sat., 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Portland, $42 per new student, $37 per returning student. Event details.

Westside

The Nutcracker
Enjoy the classic holiday favorite; join Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on their magical journey to the realm of the Sugarplum Fairy, where candy confections spring to life and holiday dreams come true. Sat., 2:00 p.m., Sun., 6:30 p.m., Portland, starting at $26. Event details.

Impulse
Don’t miss a chance to see Oregon Children’s Theatre’s hilarious improvisation troupe! Let their Young Professionals tickle your funny-brains (not your funny-bones… they hate clichés!) with fun-filled improv based on your suggestions and their ingenuity. Fri., 7:00 p.m., Sat., 6:00 p.m., Portland, $5-10 donation. Event details.

Nob Hill Holiday Village
Head to Nob Hill to catch some holiday cheer! Stores and restaurants will host individual special events; enjoy holiday tea and the chance to win a gift basket! Santa will be visiting from noon to 4:00 p.m., and carolers and elves will be on hand to wish you happy holidays! Legacy Hospital is providing free parking for the event, with cabs transporting visitors throughout the neighborhood. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Portland, free. Event details.

Suburbs

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Christmas Tree Train
Sit back and enjoy a 10-mile round trip through beautiful north Clark County. See the Lewis River from the railroad’s Cliffside vantage point and experience the darkness of a 330-foot tunnel carved out of solid rock; the train will stop at Moulton Falls Park for a visit with Santa. Sat. and Sun., 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m., Yacolt, $15 13+, $10 5-12, $8 2-4, under 2 free. Event details.

Magic Soup
Penny Walter and her amazing puppets make their way to Lake Oswego Public Library this weekend! They will be presenting “Magic Soup,” a spinoff of the classic “Stone Soup” – Penny’s version appeals to all ages, including humor, music and dancing puppets. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – noon, Lake Oswego, free. Event details.

Christmas in the Country
Over the river and through the woods to Philip Foster Farm we go! It’s a Victorian country Christmas, complete with carolers, Santa in the parlor, and cookies and hot cider. Christmas trees, wreaths, historic books and toys, and home-made crafts are on sale. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Eagle Creek, $5 per person or $20 per family. Event details.