With COVID safety being top-of-mind, and Portland’s gatherings being limited, it may seem like there’s little to do with your family over the weekend days. But nothing could be further from the truth. There are tons of cool virtual events full of holiday cheer that you have access to. And we’ve even got some activity ideas that will keep your December days packed with laughter and joy. Read on for weekend activities and events that are perfect for Portland families.

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Molly Moth Saves Christmas Podcast

This joyful, scripted podcast is sure to bring cheer to the whole family! Brought to you by KidPod Theater, Molly Moth is an outcast in her school of butterflies. On Christmas Eve, Molly happens upon a distraught Santa and his reindeer. Here, she discovers her moth super powers and (spoiler alert!) saves Christmas!

Molly Moth is a fun way to keep your kiddos engaged and their imaginations flowing without staring at a screen. Voiced by the talented cast of Lynn CHen (I Will Make You Mine), Mike Coleman (Modern Family), Eliot Schwartz (Groundlings), and introducing Zoe Stullich as Molly Moth. Written and directed by Amy Weaver, Molly Moth Saves Christmas is the perfect uplifting story to celebrate the holiday season! Event Details.

BAM Kids Virtual Film Festival

In this virtual program of gentle, colorful animated films, curious animals and adventurous kids alike sing, grow up, fly high, and celebrate the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors. Event Details.

Macy’s Santaland at Home

This year, you can visit Macy’s Santaland without leaving your couch! This virtual experience brings the magic to your home, on-demand. Kids will go on a journey through Santaland at Herald’s Square, meet elves, play games, and yes, meet the big man himself. No reservations are needed. Event Details.

SF Ballet: Nutcracker Online

Watch SF Ballet’s spectacular Nutcracker stream in HD, tour our virtual opera house full of fun activities, send downloadable holiday snaps to your friends and family, enjoy historical highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, and learn steps from the choreography. You can even check off items on your gift list with a visit to SF Ballet’s online Holiday Shop! Event Details.

Chat With Santa

When we told Santa he wouldn’t be able to take pictures with all the kids in person this year, he said, “But I need to speak to every one of them! Have them call me.” His words exactly. Schedule your kiddo’s one-on-one with Santa today! Reserve time with a Nordstrom Santa here. Please note: Nordstrom Santas are diverse, with a range of ethnic backgrounds and body types. Event Details.

ACT Theatre: a Christmas Carol

The magic of Charles Dickens’ classic tale comes to life in an all-new, radio-style audio play presented by the ACT Theatre in Seattle. Scrooge and all of the beloved characters will come to life for you this holiday season, in the comfort of your very own home. You can listen in your pajamas, in your holiday best—anytime you like during our on demand window. Get tickets and learn more about the production here. Event Details.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: Holiday on Strings

One of the Theater’s most requested shows, Bob Baker’s Holiday on Strings! is an all-inclusive festivity spectacular! Join the Wizard of Fantasy and his sidekick Demitrius Nova Twinklestar III (Demi Star for short) as they embark on a magical tour of the holiday galaxies, complete with stops at Santa’s Workshop, a celebration of the eight days of Chanukah, a dip into the world of Charles Dickens, and so much more. Event Details.

TikTok Dance Tutorial
Learn today’s must-know moves at Camp Cosmo’s live, online TikTok Dance Tutorial! Instructor Ashley G breaks each dance down into simple, easy to remember-steps, and she’ll answer any questions you have along the way! Recent tutorials have included #distancedistance, Fairly Odd Parents, Greedy, Yummy, Renegade, Do Your Dance, and more! Event Details.


—Annette Benedetti