Oh what fun it is to live in Portland during the holiday season! We’re in the thick of all of the holly jolly goodness and there’s a sleigh-full of kid fun to be had. This weekend, head to Trackers for a pile of waffles, take in A Gingerbread Man puppet show or marvel at the perfectly-shortened student performance of the Nutcracker Tea ballet. Read on for our top picks happening in Portland this weekend.

Holiday Outdoor Skills Share and Waffle Potluck

photo: Trackers Portland

East Side

Here We Go a Waffling
A Trackers Portland Family Holiday Party! All Trackers families and friends are invited to this free, savory and sweet waffle potluck with beverages, open archery range and skills. Blacksmithing is an extra fee ($10 for 1 hour. Sign up at the door.). The night also includes a variety show, caroling, trimming the Trackers tree and shopping for handmade artisan crafts and other goods. Sat., 1-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Keep it Local With Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Sale
A must-do for any craft-loving Portlander, Crafty Wonderland is also an artistic inspiration for all ages. Check out the art, crafts, count how many people “put a bird on it” and shop for holiday gifts. Don’t forget to stop by the children’s area so your little crafters can try their hands at their own projects. Admission is free, but you’ll be hard-pressed to get out of there without spending a few dollars. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Puppet Show: The Gingerbread Man
Granny gets lonely and decides to make a gingerbread man from a magic cookie recipe. Find out what happens when she leaves him in the oven too long in this mini-musical adventure with a modern twist on the old folktale. Free coffee, tea and stickers for all. Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m., $5/guest, 10 & Under. Event details. 

West Side

Fly Like Santa on the Tram
Come for a ride on the Tram, leave with a memento suitable for gifting. Enjoy soaring views and harmonies, with caroling by singers from the Cleveland High School choir program. Visit the Photo Booth and picture-craft table and leave with a memento of your newest holiday tradition – the closest thing in Portland to a flying sleigh, the Portland Aerial Tram. Sat., Noon-4 p.m., Free activities; $4.50/person tram ride (free for kids 6 & under), All Ages. Event details.

Get in On the Act at A Wing It Christmas Carol
This theater company continues its second season of interactive shows for kids with a holiday-themed performance, based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Jazz, the squirrel is acting a little “Scroogey” and is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Future, Jacob Marley, and three spirits. The children in the audience will help the other characters, Buzz Buzz the bee, Rita the fruit fly, and Luna the owl get Jazz back in the Christmas spirit. There will be singing, dancing, and a chance for the kids to come up to the stage for their moment in the spotlight. Word is Santa will be in the audience, too. Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m., $5, Ages 2-8. Event details.

Abbreviated Ballet for Kids: A Nutcracker Tea
Northwest Dance Theatre presents A NutcrackerTea at PCC Sylvania’s Performing Arts Center! Follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in this family-friendly adaptation as they conquer the Rat King and embark on a heartwarming journey through the Snow Kingdom and Land of Sweets. Come enjoy this perfect holiday tradition and first-time ballet experience for family and friends of all ages. Performance time is approximately 90 minutes and free parking is available. Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $14-$30, Ages 4 & Up. Event details.

How is your family planning to rock the weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway