Let the light shine this weekend! Portland-area communities will be gathering for their holiday tree ceremonies. Holiday trains light up the night. And you can brighten another family’s holiday. Radio Disney has teamed with charities to create a one-stop drop to help make a difference in your community this holiday season. The Jewish Theater Collective play Power of Light highlights the human qualities that bring light into darkness. And the puppet show Raven Steals the Sun shares how Raven the trickster brought light to the world.

Portland

Holiday Express Train (pictured)
Meet Santa aboard the annual Holiday Express and ride behind a steam locomotive through a wilderness in the heart of the city. Fri-Sun through Dec 16. Oaks Park Station. $11-$16; packages are available. All ages. Event details.

The Power of Light
Jewish Theatre Collective presents The Power of Light, best known for its songs “When Mindy Saved Hanukkah” and “The Trees of the Dancing Goats.” Sun. Miracle Theater. 11:00 am. $5/kids, $10/adults. All ages. Event details.

Raven Steals the Sun
Based on a Native American tale and performed by Tears of Joy Theater this story shares how Raven the trickster brought light and warmth to the world. Sat. 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm. Woodstock Library. Free. All ages. Event details.

Suburbs

Oregon City Tree Lighting
Please join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the annual tree lighting event in Historic Downtown Oregon City. Music and refreshments available. Don’t forget your camera! Sat. Mississippi Pizza. 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sherwood Winter Festival
This special holiday event includes a community parade, tree lighting, holiday music, kids’ activities, and free hot dogs and cocoa. Sat. 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Radio Disney’s Festival of Giving
Festival of Giving makes it easy for families to give back. Donate to multiple charities while rocking out, dancing, playing games, giving out prizes, making crafts, building gingerbread houses, and more. Sun. Cedar Hills Crossing. 12:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you brighten the hearts and homes of your family and community this weekend?

— Cheyenne Terbrueggen