Well, well, well…the holidays have once again snuck up on us and, though some of us would rather hide in the house and wait it out, there are still those cute little wide-eyed kids who are still pretty new to all of this.  So, let’s embrace the season and give ’em what they want.  Break out the candles, mistletoe, decorations and cookie recipes at home, and be sure to venture out to experience a mix of the best old holiday family traditions, like the Macy’s Holiday Parade, the Pioneer Square Tree Lighting, along with some new ones, like The Chanukah Experience and Shalakids Family Yoga. Still feeling like you have garlic in your soul?  Don’t miss Grinch Day at Bridgeport Village.pioneer tree

Eastside

Mississippi Avenue Tree Lighting

Mississippi Avenue is lighting up the neighborhood with their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring music performances from the illustrious Mr. Ben and the debut of the Portland Youth Ukelele Orchestra. Sat., 4:30 – 6 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Free ShalaKids Family Yoga and Holiday Crafting Open House

Yoga Shala wants to help your whole family unwind after Thanksgiving with some crafts, stretches and deep, cleansing breaths. Gather in the Ganesh Room to make beautiful, simple holiday crafts to decorate Yoga Shala’s studio and your home.  Afterwards, Ms. Ivett will lead a special holiday family yoga session in preparation of the season of sharing. The staff also will be handing out free, one-hour ShalaKids Childcare coupons to help you unwind at a yoga class or to be used as a unique drop-off spot for your kids while you take care of your holiday shopping. Fri., 2-4 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

The Chanukah Experience

The Chabad Hebrew School of Northeast Portland presents its holiday event, The Chanukah Experience.  Activities include an olive press workshop – (A show that teaches how oil is made in a fun memorable way!), Chanukah arts and crafts, a toddler play zone, as well as dreidel-making and a menorah building center. Sat. 2:30-5 p.m., $5, All Ages. Event details.

Westside

Portland Macy’s Holiday Parade

Take a break from the biggest shopping day of the year and treat yourself to the 2013 Portland My Macy’s Holiday Parade. This year, the sparkling parade will feature 25 inflatable floats, marching bands, 650 costumed characters and, of course, Santa.  New this year, is the debut of the Santa’s Mailbox float and the “Yes, Virginia” characters.  After the parade, Santa will set up shop in his usual spot in Macy’s at Santaland. Fri., 9-10 a.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.  

Pioneer Square Tree Lighting
The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Portlanders will gather at the Square to celebrate the official start of the season by lighting the spectacular 75-foot tree, provided by Stimson Lumber Company. This year’s musical highlights include holiday sing-a-longs with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini, Oregon’s Own 234th Army Band and the Pacific Youth Choir. Fri., 5:30 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

John Clifford’s The Enchanted Toyshop with Firebird

This holiday season, step into a world of dance, music, and enchantment with the Portland Ballet and the PSU Symphony. For ten years, The Portland Ballet has been delighting audiences with The Enchanted Toyshop’s story of magic and romance. Now, paired for the first time with the classic Russian fairy tale Firebird, the show, with original choreography by John Clifford and live accompaniment by the PSU Symphony, offers something for the whole family. Fri.-Sun., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., $5-$35, Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Lake Oswego Holiday Tree Lighting

Join the City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce for a celebration of the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony.  Start at the giant sequoia tree at 5th and A Avenue where you will enjoy free cookies, treats and music performed by local high schools.  After the switch is flipped and the tree lit, parade down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park with the Lake Oswego Fire Department leading the way.  Last, but not least, enjoy a visit from a very special guest flown in all the way from the North Pole.  Warm your hands by the fire at the pergola, and enjoy the evening with friends and family. Fri., 5:30-9 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

Grinch Day: A Storytime Event

Fans of this big meanie will love hearing a reading of Seuss’ classic story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” followed by Grinchy activities and goodies. The event will kick off the 25 Days of Grinchmas,a campaign to encourage children to do one good deed each day until Christmas. Sun., 2 p.m., Free, All Ages. Event details.

–Suzie Ridgway

What holiday fun is your family getting into this weekend?