For all the fa-la-las and ooh and aahs, holidays in the city can be exhausting. It’s enough to make you head to the coast, or the mountains, or deep into the woods. If you are downtown this weekend, there will be plenty of free music to keep cheer-levels high. Avoid the hurried, harried last-minute city pace and enjoy holiday cheer in Cannon Beech or Hood River. Or meet a naturalist for an “after hours” walk in a local park. Want to celebrate a ho-ho-ho-free holiday? It’s the Northwest Children’s Theater’s 20th birthday. And they are opening the show that launched it all: Peter Pan.

Portland

NWCT: Peter Pan (pictured)
Journey to Neverland with Peter Pan and his Shadow, Captain Hook and his crew of  pirates, Wendy, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys. Dec 21 – Jan 6. Multiple showtimes. Oaks Park Station. $11-$25. Best for ages 6 and up. Event details.

Floating Pointe at Ringlers
Ringlers Pub welcomes Floating Pointe, playing sweet melodies and layers of sound you can almost taste. From acoustic to synth, rock groove to bedside sleepytime. Sat. 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. All ages. Event details.

Nighttime Hoots and Howls: Gabriel Park
Hear the chirps of birds settling in for the night, the hoots of owls as they search for prey, and other nighttime activity. Rain or shine, please be dressed for the weather. Fri. 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. $3. Pre-registration required. All ages. Event details.

Dickens Carolers
Enjoy costumed carolers sing favorite carols, both traditional and contemporary, including “O Christmas Tree”, “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph”, and more. Sat. Macy’s downtown. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of Town

Hood River Holidays
Known as the “Holiday Town of Oregon,” downtown Hood River is ready again this year to transform into a classic holiday setting. Fri-Sun. Events all day. See website for events and schedule. Free. All ages. Event details.

Haystack Holidays
Come to beautifully decorated Cannon Beach to enjoy relaxed shopping, art galleries, seasonal events and activities like wreath making, live theater, and more. Fri-Sun. Events all day. Free. All ages. Event details.

Will you be a country mouse, a city mouse or a seaside mouse this weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen