Do some good for the community, get your locally made holiday shopping done and have a blast doing all of it, because lucky for you, this is a win-win-win kind of weekend. Some of the best all-around events taking place this weekend will not only allow you to make memories but they will also enable you to help out other Portlanders, like Poppy’s Benefit Tree Sale, the French American International School Holiday Market and The Ugly Sweater Decorating Party and Warm Clothing Drive. 8119774383_25409d50f6_z


Poppy’s Benefit Tree Sale
Come out to buy your 6-8ft Grand Fir or Noble Fir tree and help Poppy, a little girl who needs hand surgery.  While you’re there, drink some cider, see Santa, pet the animals, do the scavenger hunt, browse some baked goods and homemade gifts and join in the caroling.  Visit the website below to learn more information about Poppy’s event and her journey. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting
Decorate an umbrella in the theme of your choice and join your friends for the Milwaukie Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting.  Parade staging will take place in the Portland Waldorf School parking lot. The Milwaukie High School Marching band will lead the procession up Main Street and back to City Hall (10722 SE Main St.) where the festivities will be capped with the tree lighting, a Santa visit and treats. Sat., 3:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Reindeer Magic
Live reindeer and Santa grace three Dennis 7 Dees locations this weekend, giving kids a chance to see the massive beasts up close. Children’s crafts and activities, along with cookies, hot cocoa and cider will be served up.  Bring your own camera for this special photo opp.  Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.


Ugly Sweater Decorating Party and Warm Clothing Drive
Bring the whole family, along with some sweaters that could use a little adornment, and jazz them up with with pom poms, puffy paint and glitter at this wacky event.  Be sure to also bring extra warm clothes for the clothing drive to benefit Transition Projects, providing shelter and care for homeless, single adults. After decorating, party revelers in their newly festooned sweaters can enjoy belting out holiday carols karaoke-style, taking photos in the photo booth with props, and playing shuffleboard, bowling and darts. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Lake Oswego Holiday Market and Mistletoe Merriment
Shop for treasures from over 40 Portland vendors this weekend at the Holiday Market and Mistletoe Merriment, brought about through the Lake Oswego Mothers’ Club and the City of Lake O.  Friday night features a happy hour with local wine and food.  Saturday features family activities all day long with a train ride, photos with Santa and live entertainment. Fri. at 5-8:30 p.m.; Sat. at 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

French American International School Holiday Market
The French American International School is hosting their highly anticipated holiday market, filled with artisan crafts, like handmade handbags and hats, French linens and bamboo clothing from 45 local vendors.  Sample delicate French pastries, gourmet cheeses and wines while listening to performances by student choral groups and other musicians. Sat., 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Hood River Holidays: Kick-Off Party
Known as “Oregon’s Holiday Town,” Hood River will kick off their month of holiday festivities with a party featuring closed streets, a parade through town and a holiday tree lighting celebration, which includes free cookies, hot cocoa and caroling. Santa will be perched at nearby toy store, ready for photos. Stroll through lighted trees and check out the abundance of shopping and family dining possibilities within an 8 blocks radius. Fri., 5-9 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

What will you be getting into this weekend?

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo courtesy of TheUglySweaterShop