Santa illustrates his super human multi-tasking and time management skills this weekend by showing up at Beaumont Village to Beaverton, and all points in between. Santa and the Mrs. ride into town on a fire engine at the Fremont Holiday Fest, ready for pics with your little elves and your pets, Finnish Santa heads to ScanFair and the man in red heads to America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar, as well as the Providence Festival of Trees. But that’s not all he’s up to. Read on for our top picks for the weekend ahead.
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Fire Engine Arrival Fremont Holiday Fest
Beaumont Village is hosting its annual Fremont Holiday Fest with cool activities, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be roaring in on a fire truck, landing at Grand Central Baking, ready for photo opps. You can also head to Green Dog Pet Suppy with your favorite family pet for Santa Paws, a benefit for The Pongo Fund. Visitors can enjoy hot cider, cookies and music from Beaumont Middle School, as well as card-making at PaperJam Press, reindeer food-making at Peak Mortgage and other holiday crafts at Umpqua Bank. Santa photos are a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank this year. Bring cash and/or canned food to donate. Fri., 3:30-7:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Behold, O’Tannenbaum at Providence Festival of Trees
20,000 people make this event a tradition every year. Take a photo with Santa, decorate cookies, get stuffies fixed up in the teddy bear hospital and wander through 25 beautifully decorated trees and lavish displays, like Sullivan’s Christmas Village. Fri., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $6-$8/person, All Ages. Event details.
Shop Locally at America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar
Handcrafted, locally-made items will be for sale along with commercially produced items at this shopping event of epic proportions. And, not only is there large shopping to be had, but Santa has his own, large walk-through display that changes every single year. Snap a photo with the big guy and get all of your holiday shopping done in one place. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3/child (12-17); $7/adult; Free for kids under 12; All Ages. Event details.
See Finnish Santa at ScanFair
Enjoy Scandinavian culture with this annual festival. Nibble on delicious baked goods and take some home while you enjoy two separate stages filled with dance and music, as well as crafts to make and buy. Kids can have a visit with Finnish Santa Claus and check out the Pippi Longstocking kids’ area where they can make traditional Scandinavian crafts, go on a Nordic children’s book scavenger hunt and discover the magic word to win a prize. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
Craft Up Some Fun at the Beaverton Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House
Check out Beaverton City Library’s open house with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as princesses, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel and Snow White. Two hours of activities include a German Holiday Market, choirs, community bands, folk dancing and crafts for kids. Then, stroll across the street to the Beaverton City Park for the official tree lighting ceremony, a tradition that’s been part of the community for a dozen years. Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.
What’s your family getting into this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!