Tobogganing polar bears and electric alligators are just a couple of the treats in store for your family this Thanksgiving weekend. Board a light-bedecked steamer train and celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights of Oregon Zoo’s ZooLights. Feast your eyes on new art from popular Northwest paper-cut artist Nikki McClure’s in Land’s pint-sized art gallery. Or gather the family together to listen to old-school country favorites or Disney classics.

West side

ZooLights at Oregon Zoo (pictured)
More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Cap off your visit by boarding the steamer train, which provides a unique view of the splendor. Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24 & 25.). 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (8:30 pm on Fri and Sat). Free with admission. Train fare is additional and packages are available. All ages. Event details.

Oregon Symphony: Disney in Concert
See scenes from movies – including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and more – projected overhead while the Orchestra and singers perform the music. Sat. 7:30 pm. Ticket prices start at $25. Best for ages 5 and older. Event details.

Morning Bird Walk
Join a naturalist and learn birding basics on a guided morning walk at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. Sat. 8:00 – 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

East side

Nikki McClure Exhibit
Nikki McClure’s work is an amazing feat of craftsmanship, as she takes a single piece of black paper and using only an X-acto knife, is able to tell complex stories of life, motherhood, work, friendship and community. Through Dec. 6. The Land Gallery. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Country Music for Kids
Brad Creel and the Reel Deal play old school country songs (think Cash, Haggard, and Hank), both originals and fun covers, for the whole family. There is a dance contest for kids and prizes. Sat. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Mississippi Pizza. Free. All ages. Event details.

Out of town 

Scavenger Hunt at Skamania Lodge
Kids go on a hunt throughout the Lodge looking for hidden treasures. Each child will get a mini stuffed Smokey Bear. Sat. 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you enjoy this extra-long holiday weekend with your loved ones?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen