The holidays are in full swing and the weather is turning. COVID may limit the traditional events your family usually attends this time of year, but there’s still plenty going on virtually and we’ve got ideas for thing families just have to do before the season comes to an end. Read on to find out more.

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Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol

Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays. The Los Angeles Times raves, “Mays is a rare gem and Arden is ingenious. For true theater lovers, there can be no better gift this season.”. Event Details.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the Radio Show

This holiday season, the Arvada Center is proud to present a radio play of the classic and cozy A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.  Told through the nostalgic and innocent eyes of a young boy at Christmas time, this timeless story invokes images of snowy country hillsides, warm fireside songs, and idyllic and light-hearted memories of the holidays with family. Make time with your family and experience this radio play that will set imaginations alight and conjure goodwill for all mankind. Event Details.

The Velveteen Rabbit on Demand

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, brings a new, interactive, and special digital presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit to you for a limited period of time. Event Details.

Write a Letter to Santa

They’ve been so good, and Santa needs to know all about it. This is your kiddo’s chance to drop hints on the gifts topping their wish list. Santa’s even accepting emails this year. Dear Santa sheets can be printed out at home or picked up at any Nordstrom store. Find more information here.

Michaels Virtual Holdiay Crafting Classes

Michaels, is launching FREE online crafting classes during the holidays, 24 Days of Merry Making. Starting December 1st until the 24th, families can attend virtual classes taught by Michaels’ makers to learn about how to create fun crafts and projects from the comfort of their home during this holiday season. Some of the projects include 3D perler ornaments, rainbow forest, DIY snow globes, Christmas countdown clock and more. Event Details.

Girls Who Code: Virtual

This weekly program for girls in grades 3-5 help build the foundational skills and understanding of computer science concepts and sisterhood through a reading discussion and coding activities. In order to build the skills you need to make an impact, you will learn how to code from our fun online tutorials and activities that will help you build fun projects to share with friends and family. Event Details.

Check out the lights

Check out these COVID-safe light displays around Portland. They will make your whole family smile!

Build a fort

Build a fantastical fort with your young adventurers. We can show you how here.

—Annette Benedetti