Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! Portland filled this weekend with events and activities that will fill your family with cheer and make celebrating the season easy. Catch one of the many live theater shows, visit Santa or get crafty. We’ve got all of the details below.

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SE Portland

Check Out Gingerbread Adventures
Run, run as fast as you can! Take a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday pastime—gingerbread houses! Expert bakers, architects, designers and construction firms worked together to build towering sculptures to marvel at—and vote for! Who was the most creative? Which is a feat of tasty engineering? You decide! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

See ZooZoo
Premiering this Holiday season in Imago’s acclaimed production of ZooZoo will be “The Magic Cloth”—A new work created by Imago and designed by Michael Curry co-designer of puppets and masks for Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King.” Fri. Event Details.

Don’t Miss the Amazing Bubble Man
The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 35 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He is a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed 12 years of sell-out success.


He explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

NW Portland

Attend Winter Break Camp at Portland Audubon
Don’t miss Portland Audubon’s Winter Break camp! Whether campers are snowshoeing on Mt. Hood and staying overnight at our new Marmot Cabin, learning the art of candle-making, visiting a wolf sanctuary, or making nature inspired art, our educators are dedicated to helping every camper build an authentic and meaningful relationship with the natural world, all while playing games, making friends and exploring! Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

Fall in Love with The Wizard of Oz – the Panto
The Wizard of Oz-The Panto is a boisterous, family-friendly holiday event filled with slapstick, witty dialogue, great music, and a couple wink-wink jokes for the parents. Every Panto is based on a well known fairy story and is adapted to include popular songs and funny and outrageous characters who are designed to get kids of all ages shouting, laughing, and having a wonderful time.

This year’s show follows the classic adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman. Boo at the Wicked Witch, laugh at the flying monkeys, and cheer the outrageous Dame, Auntie Em, as she pursues her quest for love. Pantos are wildly popular in England because it’s an all-ages holiday show. Bring your loudest cheering voices and with your help, Dorothy will get to the Wizard and discover her heart’s desire. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Attend Mary Poppins
“Winds in the east, mist coming in, like somethin’ brewin’ and bout to begin…” The beloved flying nanny returns to the NWCT stage in this magical adaptation of the classic film turned Broadway musical hit. Filled with memorable songs, soaring dance numbers, and spoonfuls of imagination Mary Poppins is the perfect way to spend “a jolly holiday!”Sat. Event Details.


Enjoy The Nutcracker in Vancouver
This season marks the 21st year Columbia Dance performs the Nutcracker under Artistic Director Jan Hurst. Tiny mice, toy dolls and tin soldiers will dance to life for audiences of all ages. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss A Christmas Carol in Gresham
Christmas Carol, adapted by Regina “Mimi” Stewart, is the timeless Christmas classic written by Charles Dickens. SALT Academy performs this masterpiece set in 1849 Victorian England, complete with era costumes, special effects, village replicas and the familiar characters we’ve all grown to love. Relive the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, as he is visited by three spirits that compel him to face the consequences of his uncharitable past. Let Tiny Tim Cratchit bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye, reminding us what Christmas is all about! Sat. Event Details.


Check Out the Winter Solstice Night at Winter Village
Head to the Winter Village to celebrate the kickoff of Winter Break for the kids, the shortest day of the year, and the return of the sun on this special Winter Solstice Night! From 5-8 p.m., learn about winter holidays from around the world from the Hillsboro Library, do a quick art activity, and catch special ice skating performances on the rink and choral performances on the Plaza boardwalk stage. La Provence will sell holiday snacks and goodies.

Cap your evening with an ice skating session. Regular rink admission applies to activities taking place inside the rink tent, but activities on the Plaza are free. Sat. Event Details.

Mt. Hood

Meadows Night Season Begins
The night season is scheduled to begin tat Meadows (conditions permitting.) Entering the holiday season, lifts are scheduled from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. every day from Dec.14 -Jan. 6, except for four evenings: Dec.17, 18, 24 and Jan. 1 when lifts will run from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. On New Year’s Eve lifts will run until after midnight to ring in the New Year.

Night skiing offers affordable riding (tickets are just $39 from 3 – 9 PM,) and a romance “under the lights” all its own. Meadows restaurants, retail shops, rental center continue to operate until lifts close and Meadows Learning Center offers evening adult and children’s group lessons for skiing and snowboarding. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Visit Santa at the Oregon Historical Society
Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh in Santaland this month at the Oregon Historical Society! Admission to Santaland and to see Santa is free, and visitors are invited to take their own photos with St. Nick. Items from Meier & Frank’s popular Santaland display will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society through December. The display, donated to OHS following the closure of Macy’s downtown, includes Santa’s thone, Rudolph, animatronic elves, and a model of the iconic monorail Sat. Event Details. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti