Christmas is only a couple of days away, and the kids are getting restless. Don’t let cabin fever set in! There are tons of exciting things to do around town. Catch a play, don’t miss Sesame Street Live, or get crafty. Read on to find out where you should be this weekend.

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Don’t Miss HGTV’s Santa Headquarters at Washington Square
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in Summit Court next to Forever 21 and Pottery Barn. This holiday, check out the interactive Elf Academy at Santa HQ. You can try on the latest elf looks with Santa’s Magic Mirror, create your very own Elf- ID Card and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O’Meter. Plus, new this year, spend less time in line and more time on holiday fun with a Fast Pass. Purchase yours today!   Want to see Santa sooner? Get a Fast Pass to make your family’s visit even easier! Fri. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out Magic at the Mill
Magic is in the air! Celebrate the winter holidays with the family-friendly winter festivities! Watch history come to life with children’s activities, heritage tours, and blacksmith and textile arts demonstrations. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out Sky High Sports Portland
Get active this holiday season when you and your family Jump into the spirit! The Kids CourtKids AdventurelandSky High HoopsSky High Dodgeball, the Super Size Jump Bag, the ArcadeKlime Wallz, and the Freestyle Courts are ready to help you make memories at Sky High Sports! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Catch A Charlie Brown Christmas
Metropolitan Performing Arts presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas: Adapted from the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz with unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi score. Based on the television special by Bill Mendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage adaptations by Eric Schaeffer with special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Fri. Event Details.

Head to the Oregon Symphony Cirque Nutcracker
Want to shake things up a little? Los Angeles-based theatrical circus company Troupe Vertigo and the Oregon Symphony have teamed up to bring Portlanders an acrobatic take on Tchaikovsky’s version of the classic tale. Watch Clara and crew tumble and cartwheel their way through the story, at this one-day-only spectacular! Sat. Event Details.

Hop on a Cinnamon Bear Holiday Cruises
Be the guests of honor on this two-hour cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertains you with storytelling, music, and magic. Have your picture taken with the Cinnamon Bear himself atop his magical throne. Enjoy the company of a host of characters including, Cinnamon Bear, Queen Melissa, Crazy Quilt Dragon, and Captain Taffy. Make this a holiday your child will remember forever. Sat. Event Details.


Experience Camp Creative Christmas
Drop off the kids and finish your Holiday shopping! In this 3-hour workshop, students will make Holiday crafts and personalized gifts for loved ones. The afternoon will end with hot chocolate, decorating cookies and story-time with Mrs. Claus. Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Check Out Matilda the Musical
The smash hit, Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is about to spark a revolt on the NWCT stage. An inspiring, heart-breaking, captivating masterpiece, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and a girl who won’t let being “little” stop her from putting an unjust world right. Most enjoyed by ages 6 and up. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

N. Portland

Don’t Miss Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic
When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem … Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic. Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti