It’s getting pretty entertaining around Stumptown right now. From whimsical shopping events, like Sparkles and Sweets to Breakfast Benefit Shows with Santa to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, this weekend holds the promise of hearty belly laughs and magical encounters with a wide variety of characters, including the jolly old elf himself.Gnome


Sparkles, Sweets and Gnomes, Oh My!
Shop and stroll along Alberta Street for a unique and interactive local shopping experience you definitely won’t find at the mall.  This weekend, shops will offer up sweet treats and effervescent beverages for Sparkles and Sweets, as part Lit Up and Local: A Month of Merriment on Alberta Street.  While you’re getting your shopping and bubbly on, make sure to spot gnomes hidden in window displays for the Gnome for the Holidays game. To play, spot a gnome, tell the shop keeper and receive a sticker and entry card.  Once you have filled the card with stickers from the participating shops turn it in by Sunday, the 22nd, for a chance to win a year’s supply of candy from Candy Babel and other prizes from Salt and Straw Ice Cream, Sweetpea’s, Bolt Neighborhood Fabric Boutique, The Station, Grasshopper and Green Bean Books. Sat.& Sun., hours vary by store, Free, All Ages. Event details. 

Brunch with Santa at Salty’s
Santa, giant Nutcracker guys, kid-friendly food, a four-foot cascading chocolate fountain and bottomless champagne and mimosas is a slam dunk for the whole family during the holidays. Reservations are highly recommended. Sun., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $1.50-$18/child 12 and under; $43-$53/adult, All Ages. Event details.


Beauty and the Beast Live
Based on Disney’s animated feature, this modern classic romantic fairytale presents the stage version of Belle and the beloved Beast, with songs written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  For an additional fee, kids at the matinee shows can attend the post-show Prince and Princess Party!, powered by Radio Disney, which includes a meet and greet with the cast for autographs, photos and to help out the Ronald McDonald House. Just type the word PARTY in the promotions field when buying your ticket.  Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $36-$65/person, All Ages. Event details.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Comedy Performance
Remember the Rankin/Bass stop-motion animation classic from 1964? Well now you can see it live in a theatrical performance like no other. Watch the hilarious version of this holiday classic with a few of Portland’s funniest people and low-fi costumes and props. Sat., 2-3:30 p.m., $15/person, All Ages. Event details.

Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Benefit
Enjoy an all you can eat breakfast buffet, photo opps with the man in red and a full holiday performance featuring close to 60 dancers from the Billings Dance and Performing Arts Center.  This festive event has been a holiday favorite since 1989, benefiting The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Kids in the Arts, and offers up a silent auction, fundraising games and wine walls.  Sat. 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., $30/person, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Puppet Show “Rumplestiltskin”
The award-winning Dragon Theater will present a puppet show, “Rumplestiltskin, “as part of the Uptown Village Association’s “Christmas in the Village” in Vancouver.  The show follows the Miller’s daughter who enters a talent show in the hopes of becoming the queen.  Her father tells the king that his daughter can spin straw into gold, but it turns out, Rumplestiltskin is the only one who has that talent.  In this dramatic tale, the miller’s daughter ends up having to guess Rumplestiltskin’s name or give him her first born child. Sat., 6-7 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Which of these is your family planning to check out?

–Suzie Ridgway