If you’re dying to get your holiday on, this is the weekend to do it. Meet up with Silent Santa for a sensory-friendly experience for your little one, head to a tree-lighting ceremony, Thanksgiving Walk at Oxbow or the Holladay Park Turkey Trot. Or, if you’re not ready to get the holidays started just yet, hit OryCon in your sci-fi costume or let your kids learn about knives from Trackers Earth pros. The following are our top picks for the weekend ahead. Salmon homecoming at Oxbow

photo: Oxbow Regional Park courtesy of Metro

Worth the Drive

Walk and Talk at Oxbow
Walk along the Sandy River with Metro naturalist, Dan Daly, Deerdance School’s Terry Kem and others as they point out the changes to plants and animals as the season progresses. After the walk, gather around the campfire for the traditional telling of the “Thanksgiving Address,” passed down by the Iroquois. Hot drinks will be provided. Bring a sack lunch. Sun., 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $5/vehicle, All Ages. Event details. 


West Side

Silent Santa 
Are all of the bright twinkling lights and booming holiday music a bit too much for your little one? If so, head to see Silent Santa for a quieter experience for kids with sensory issues. Dim lights, no music, no stress triggers. Show up, whisper wishes to Santa, get a great photo and leave relaxed. Ahhhh. Sun., 9-11 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

West Linn Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Community Tree Lighting and celebration returns for its 14th year with treats, carolers, a holiday movie and the arrival of Santa in an antique fire engine with the crew from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Little ones can warm up inside City Hall with cookie decorating, face painting and photos with Santa. Donations of non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys will be accepted on behalf of the West Linn Food Pantry to benefit local families. The biggest need is for infant and teen gifts. Fri., 6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

East Side

Let Kids Play With Knives 
Everyone should have a knife, kids included! Along with the announcement of their first book, “Trackers Earth Guide to Knives & Woodcarving,” Trackers invites kids and adults to come in and learn basic knife safety and woodcarving. Other hands-on activities will include knife and blade sharpening, archery in an indoor range, blacksmithing demos, making fire with no matches and other outdoor skills. Sun., 2-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Flock to Holladay Park for the Turkey Trot
Trot on over to Holladay Park for the Fun Run and crafts for the whole family. Meet in the center of the park rain or shine. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon, Free, Ages 4-7. Event details.

Costume Time Again! OryCon 37
Cos play wearing sci-fi lovers will flock to the convention center this weekend for gaming, art buying, trading collectibles and getting up close to meet sci-fi-influenced illustrators, authors and musicians. The OryKids programming for children includes gaming, crafts, music, science and writing-based activities, along with costuming workshops and a dance party. OryKids activities are best suited for kids 3 & up. Fri.-Sat., various times (see website), $10-$35/day; free for kids 5 & under. Event details.

Get Into the Groove With Dance Mosaic
Dance Mosaic is an annual event presenting works by gifted local choreographers and spans dance styles including classical, modern, ballet and jazz. In addition, several guest companies will present their own works. Between shows, enjoy an Italian dinner fundraiser, catered by Olive Garden, Flying Pie Pizza and Stark Street Pizza. Sat., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., $10-$15, Ages 3 & up. Event details.

What’s your family up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

–Suzie Ridgway