Have you felt the spirit of the holiday season creeping in yet? If not, Portland is about to take care of that. This weekend’s events include opportunities to have pics with Santa, craft a turkey or catch an awesome stage play. Read on for all of the details below.

photo: by Annette Benedetti

SE Portland

Check Out The Wandmaker’s House
The Wandmaker’s House is an immersive photo and game experience. You’ll have 45 minutes to explore a series of unique rooms, take photos, and discover what happened in the house.

When you arrive, your magical host has vanished into thin air. There’s been a mysterious accident, arcane energy spills into our realm unchecked. Now, the rooms in her house have become twisted and strange! Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

See John Hughes High: the 1980s Teen Musical
It’s yearbook awards time at John Hughes High, where everyone is fabulous and jockeying for a top spot on the 1989 “Best of” competition. Everyone but the new kid, Samantha, who is miserable, invisible and looking to bail on JHH for a year abroad. The catch: Samantha’s depressingly impressive mom will only let her go if she’s named Most Friendly. Mom’s challenge sets Samantha on a quest to befriend every clique in school. Fri. Event Details.

The Art of Recycling Festival
Celebrate National Recycling Day with Grace Institute – Home of Grace Art Camps. enjoy an original puppet show, music played on instruments made from recycled objects, and up-cycled art projects – all led by multi-talented Grace Art Camp artists! Sunday. Event Details.

Downtown Portland

Attend Holiday PJ Night
Capture the excitement—and the cuteness! Head to Santa’s Headquarters dressed in your favorite jammies to pose with Santa. No PJs?  No problem, just come as you are. Enjoy cocoa, cookie decorating & crafts. Plus, a special Mrs. Claus story time. Fri. Event Details.

Get Santa Photos
Visit Santa for photos and a free gift! Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in Summit Court, below the Food Court.  This year, Santa HQ’s new Elf Academy invites guests to come and stand in front of the Magic Mirror to be transformed into Santa’s Elf (with a little help from augmented reality), plus create your very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a selfie! And don’t forget to try Elf-Ray Vision and the Naughty or Nice Meter too. Fri. Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out Disney’s the Lion King Jr
A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King Jr. is the story of a young lion prince growing up and fulfilling his destiny to be king in the flourishing African Pride Lands.Tickets are $10 youth/seniors, $12 adults and all tickets are $4 more at the door. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.


Check Out Native Runway: a Celebration of Regalia
Join  the annual observance of Native American Indian Heritage Month. Families are invited to celebrate and learn more about native cultures from 1-4 p.m., with hands-on crafts and activities for kids. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Craft a Turkey & Give Thanks Event
For only $10 the entire month, you can craft a turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving, but on this special Saturday, you can not only craft a turkey, but you can also craft a card of thanks. Who are you thankful for this year? Enjoy a sweet treat, give thanks, and craft the day away. All ages welcome, no reservations necessary. Sat. Event Details.

Happy Valley

Join the Music Quest: a Music and Movement Adventure
Join the music and laughter on a Music Quest! You are bound for a music and movement acoustic adventure. Interactive songs, dancing, and a joke or two. Pirates, Cluster Flies, and a Riggabamboo! Sat. Event Details.

— Annette Benedetti