School is out, everyone is feeling festive and Portland is in holiday celebration mode. Get ready to have some serious fun with Gingerbread Adventures, Mary Poppins and Mt. Hood Meadows Night Ski. But that’s not all. There’s so much more. Scroll down to find out the details.

photo: via Mt. Hood Skibowl Yelp

SE Portland

Experience 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. Event Details.

Hit the Nutcracker Cracked – Rod Puppet Show
Don’t mis this wacky send up of the beloved Nutcracker Ballet. You’ve never seen a version quite like this — imagine — the entire ballet in 38 minutes! What a time saver! It’s a miniature satire of epic proportions, with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music, and 84 rod puppets. It came out wild and crazy and oddly enough appropriate and fun for children as well. Fri. Event Details.

NW Portland

Go See 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! Fri. Event Details.

Don’t Miss It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play
The beloved holiday staple comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast with the story of George Bailey. George grew up in picturesque Bedford Falls, but dreams of leaving the small town behind to see the world. Obligations and unforeseen circumstances get in the way of his aspirations and he is tied to his hometown forever as he takes over the Building & Loan from his father and his uncle. When a terrible mistake leaves George on the verge of disaster, he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve until he meets a fateful friend named Clarence. Made complete by your favorite local talent and an onstage Foley artist, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a fun, heartwarming delight for the whole family. Fri. Event Details.


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. Event Details.

Join the Noon Year’s Eve Party for Preschoolers
Celebrate the new year with your young child, ages 0-5. Enjoy dancing, balloons, activities and snacks. It’s a family friendly way to ring in 2019! Sat. Event Details.

N Portland

Kwanzaa: a Celebration
Kwanzaa, meaning “first fruits,” is a week-long celebration of African American culture, heritage and values. Each of the seven days is dedicated to one of the following Kwanzaa principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

Mt. Hood

Meadows Night Season Begins
The night season is scheduled to begin at 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. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Lake Oswego

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Light
Presenting the sights, sounds, and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features over 170 indoor concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church, and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.


Visit Krampus Devilish Holiday Season
Head to the museum and take a picture with Krampus by the devilish holiday tree.This event is perfect for small groups of one or two and for a quick visit. For larger groups and for full museum tours please make an appointment.  We are available 7 days a week and we might have same or next day tours available. Museum admission is $ 8 per person { all ages} While you are here you can also shop for unique handcrafted ceramic and prints. Please share this event with your friends. Sat. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti