From candy buy backs to holiday bazaars, this weekend holds a whole lot of fun for Portland families. The holiday season is gearing up and there’s a little bit of something for everyone going on. Hit a show, start your shopping or jump on a train. Read on to find out where your family can find good times this weekend.


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SE Portland

Head to Heroes Vs. Villains Skate
Are you here to wreak havoc on the poor, unsuspecting citizens or to swoop in and save the day? Unleash your secret identity during this evening Open Skate Session and receive free conventional skate rental or $1 off Open Skate admission when you dress as your favorite hero or villain! Fri. Event Details.

Attend Honk Clackamas High School Performance
Honk! Is a musical comedy gem and a show for the whole family. This beautifully re-imagined version of Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved story The Ugly Duckling is clever, witty, and heartwarming. Honk! is the work of the award-winning musical theater writing team, George Stiles and Anthony Drew. Their credits include the smash musical theater hit Mary Poppins. Honk! tells the story of a rather strange looking baby duck called, Ugly. Throughout his hilarious and perilous adventure, Ugly finds true love, self-acceptance, and discovers that being different can be a beautiful thing. He ultimately learns that, “Out there somewhere, someone’s gonna love you, warts and all.” Children as young as 6 will be captivated by the uplifting world of Honk! The show runs 2 hours with an intermission. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Experience OPR Saturday Passenger Excursion Train
Ride the Oregon Pacific Railroad between Oaks Amusement Park and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, along the Willamette River, in Portland, Oregon. Sat. Event Details.

Oregon City

Check Out Twin Moons Rising
This tale brings together spirited Faeries, not so evil Witches, the majestic Ravakwan Temple and many more fantastical characters all for the purpose of fighting “Global Color Change” and regaining their freedom from the colorless curse! The audience will marvel at the exquisite costumes, spectacular dance productions, and a variety of music which keeps energy and interest high for the whole family. The cast features over 50 talented children from the metro area between the ages of five and eighteen. Join us on this magical journey and a show that you won’t want to miss! Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Don’t Miss Star of Wonder Holiday Bazaar
There will be fantastic vendors offering a great mix of yummy food, handcrafted items, and direct sales products: home and holiday decor, vintage and refurbished items, jewelry, children’s products, health, bath and beauty goods, and so much more! Delicious food and treats available throughout the event. Invite family and friends to a day out shopping, including lunch or dinner and dessert. Fri. & Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Attend Aspire Dental Candy Buy Back
At this 7th annual buyback, kids and parents will get $1 for every pound of candy they bring in to Aspire’s offices in downtown Portland. Kids will also get a prize bag, and a chance to win a prize package for their school. Candy will be donated to deployed military troops and the Junior League of Portland’s Gingerbread Jamboree, which features gingerbread house. Fri. Event Details.

Don’t Skip the Portland Book Festival
Literary Arts announces the Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will return to the Portland Art Museum and neighboring partner venues. This one-day event features local and national authors presenting onstage events, pop-up readings, and workshops. Enjoy activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, local food trucks, entry to the Portland Art Museum and more. Sat. Event Details.

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Experience Castles & Wizards
Make sure to grab your wand and don your finest wizarding robes for this magical performance! Music from Harry PotterLord of the Rings, and more will enchant concert-goers of all ages. Sun. Event Details.

N Portland

Attend the 2019 Annual Train Show
Come celebrate the 72nd anniversary during the Annual Model Train Show. Come see many scenes from downtown Portland, Or. and on through the Columbia River Gorge. Sights such as Crown Point and Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side and the towns of Wishram and Lyle on the Washington side. You may even see a hot air balloon floating over the landscape. Or a dinosaur. Look out for Bigfoot! Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti