Enjoy the company of neighbors and friends, cozy up with a warm beverage, enjoy music, and drink in the holiday spirit this weekend. Create a new holiday tradition by helping to make holidays bright for seniors and homeless families in our community while gathering at the Staver Holiday Steam Up. Or help your child develop their love for books while reading to therapy dogs at your local library. And the holiday displays keep on shining: This weekend the Christmas Fantasy Trail at Wenzel Farm lights up the night.

West side

Holiday Steam Up at Staver Automotive (pictured)
Train-lovers young and old will be charmed by the model-sized steam engine trains, decorated for the holidays, charging down the custom-built tracks, over trestles, bridges and switches. Don’t forget to dress warmly! Staver Locomotive also invites you to make a donation, via cash or check, to Friendly House. Sun. 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Donation to Friendly House appreciated. All ages. Event details.

Tryon Creek Holiday Forest Market
Browse the wares of many of our talented local vendors, meet local authors and visit our holiday nature gift store. This year’s market includes the handiwork of regional artisans, with a focus on nature and sustainability. Bring the family and hike the woods after the market. Sat and Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All. Event details.

East side

The Princess and the Pea
You don’t have to go to Emily Alexander’s Preschool of the Arts to enjoy a Saturday puppet show, like this performance of The Princess and the Pea. Come early or stay late and play with our games and toys. Sat. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. $5 per person 1 year and up. Event details.

Read to the Dogs
Reading aloud to therapy dogs is a great way to improve a child’s reading skills. Can’t make it this weekend? Check the website to see when this ongoing program is at your local library. Sat. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Hollywood Library. Free. Registration required. Young readers. Event details. 

Suburbs

Christmas Fantasy Trail
Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded Fantasy Trail, decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment. Dec 2 – 29. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Wenzel Farm. Oregon City. Adults $5, children 12 and under $4. All ages. Event details.

 Santa Party: Art from the Heart
Join us as we celebrate the holidays with crafts (ornaments, handprints), activities (cookie decorating), and pictures with the big man himself. Don’t forget your camera. Sat. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Play Boutique. Lake Oswego. $15. Event details.

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen