The feel and sound of the holidays is in the air! Concerts, operas, and plenty of twinkling lights abound for your family’s weekend delight. Pack some hot chocolate in your day bag and fill your afternoons and evenings with celebration at this local events. We’ve got the best lined up below just for you.

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Oregon City

Experience Wing It Holiday Magic
“Wing It” is a popular interactive series for children aged 2-10 and their families. The newest installment in the series, “Wing It Holiday Magic” invites audience members to join the forest friends as they solve another of life’s mysteries, and have some fun along the way. It’s fun for the entire family, with the audience encouraged to participate in songs and dances. Each performance will also include a visit by a very special guest from the North Pole. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SE Portland

Check Out FROGZ
FROGZ is Imago Theatre’s signature work. It has been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique –yet accessible- French-influenced avant-garde playground. It is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike and has been seen on stage and television by over a million people. The ingenious masks, mesmerizing movement, outlandish costumes, and original music score create a carnival of the absurd, presenting universal themes with a light touch, as animals take on human characteristics and inanimate objects, like orbs and slinkys, engage in silly humanistic movements. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Head to the Holiday Portrait Studio
Let local theatre makers, Hand2Mouth, help you get the holidays done in style at their third annual holiday portrait studio. They will provide the costumes, wigs, backdrop and photographer. All you have to do is show up and smile. Stick around for festive cocktails, music, and gift vendors. Costumes are borrowed from local theatres including Northwest Children’s Theatre. Dec 10, Joaquin
Lopez will work his musical magic and host a holiday karaoke station. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Nutcracker Tea
Enjoy an abridged family-friendly adaptation of the Nutcracker Ballet performed by pre-professional ballet dancers from the Northwest Dance Theatre. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Experience the Miracle of a Million Lights
For the month of December Victorian Belle is known as ​“The Miracle of a Million Lights” and is open to the public for tours of the decorated house and grounds. The entire 2.5 acres is filled with a million plus twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas Wonderland!

Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 20+ uniquely decorated Christmas trees and elaborate decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms with majestic themes. This is truly a treat for all ages. Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out the Chanukah Gelt Factory
What do chocolate, science and your kid all have in common Chanukah! Get ready to kiss that mass produced, store-bought gelt goodbye! Satisfy those cocoa cravings, while mastering the science behind the ancient art of chocolate making.

Children get cookin’ at this all-new event from CKids’ Club International, crushing cacao beans and using our favorite, secret recipe for the best chocolate gelt ever! But—wait, there’s more science! While their molds harden, kids create their own LED Menorah to hang in their car window in this STEM inspired project celebrating Jewish pride. Sun. Event Details.

Attend a Rainy Day Family Holiday Concert

It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s time to get up and dance! Join The Rainy Day Family with your favorite children’s musicians: Red Yarn, The Alphabeticians, Tallulah’s Daddy, Mr. Hoo, Pointed Man Band, and special holiday guests from Penny’s Puppets! Let’s go on a winter adventure that takes us out of the rain, into the snow, and enjoy some favorite seasonal tunes. This is a holiday extravaganza your family doesn’t want to miss, sponsored by Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play. Sun. Event Details.


Check Out the The Child’s Frightful Fantasy
When an angry child defies his mother, destroys his room, and tortures his animal friends instead of finishing his homework, the broken furniture, wounded pets, and even disgruntled Mr. Arithmetic himself decide to teach the boy a lesson! The twenty characters in this whimsical opera are imaginatively portrayed here by just five singers. Best of all, children (and the young-at-heart) in the audience can join the performance as a sing-a-long chorus. With the aid of puppets and a design inspired by American pop-art icon Roy Lichtenstein, this production will surely delight children, parents and teachers alike. Sun. Event Details.


Attend Lewis & Clark Montessori Explore Art Night
Lewis & Clark Montessori invites you to the 5th Annual Explore Art event. This is an enchanted evening of artisan wares, live music, and treats savory and sweet. Experience the magic of winter and the warmth of community as you discover unique trinkets and baubles to kick off the holidays. Fri. Event Details.


Attend December Second Saturday at the Water Center: Recycled Gifts
‘Tis the season for recycled gifts! Kids can make a variety of creative and unique gifts – all from recycled materials. Show your love to friends, family and Mother Earth by creating personalized, eco-friendly gifts. Sat. Event Details.

What’s your favorite way to keep the holiday spirit alive. Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti