LATE FALL of 2019

Calendar of Events for Oregon & SW Washington
(Event Listings are Updated Regularly)

Scrooge: the Musical
November 6 - December 15

Come and enjoy the magic of Scrooge during the Christmas Holiday.  This kid-friendly show will have you laughing, crying and fully interacting with the characters on stage.  There's dancing and singing, along with some very fun audience participation.  Don't miss the opportunity to see this show on its 13th year.  "Scrooge the Music" is from Nov. 6 - Dec. 15 at Sellwood Playhouse: 901 SE. Spokane St. in Portland.  Go online to their Facebook page


The Train to Christmas Town
November 16 - December 29

Feel the holiday magic in the air the moment you arrive!  Have your official Train to Christmas Town ticket ready to be punched by the conductor as you board our real working train.  The music begins as we depart the station and you’ll be clapping along to our peppy theme song. Meet other book characters like Bumblebee the cuddly polar bear and the postman delivering letters to Santa.  Elves will be dancing in the aisles leading sing-alongs of favorite Christmas songs.  When you hear the “Chocolate Christmas” song begin to play you’ll know it’s time for cookies and hot chocolate to be served!  The Train to Christmas Town is from Nov. 16 - Dec. 29 at Mt. Hood Depot: 110 Railroad St. in Hood River.  Go to www.mthoodrr.com.  


The Grotto: Christmas Festival of Lights
November 29 - December 30

Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world.  The festival features more than 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.  Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 500-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics.  Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live petting zoo.  Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.  The event is from Nov. 29 - Dec. 30 at 8840 NE. Skidmore St. in Portland.  Go to thegrotto.org


The Village Green Christmas Market
November 29 - December 31

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Village Green Christmas Market in Cottage Grove, OR. from November 29th to December 31st.  Just twenty minutes south of Eugene there is a winter wonderland full of half a million lights, live entertainment, yummy food and beverages, an artisan market, and Santa's workshop!  There will even be live reindeer on December 6th through the 8th.  With all that and more, The Village Green Christmas Market has everything you need to complete your Christmas adventure.  To learn more, visit www.villagegreenchristmas.com.  


"Black Nativity"
November 29 - December 15

PassinArt: A Theater Company is proud to present for the 5th consecutive year "Black Nativity", a gospel song-play retelling the classic nativity story, originally written by African American playwright-poet Langston Hughes.  This powerful production is featuring traditional Christmas carols and new songs performed in a lively gospel style.  The remaining performances are December 6 - December 15, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3:00 p.m. at Bethel AME Church: 5828 NE. 8th Ave. in Portland. Tickets can be purchased online at www.passinart.org.  For information, call (503) 235-8079.


Oregon Garden: Christmas in the Garden
November 29 - January 5

Christmas in the Garden is a charming European-inspired, outdoor event featuring ice skating, snowless tubing, an an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, live music and more - all in The Oregon Garden in Historica Silverton.  Upon arrival, you will enter the Garden and follow the lights to the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest.  Fun for the whole family, it will be held from Nov. 29 - Jan. 5 at 879 W. Main St.  More online at www.oregongarden.org.


Oregon Zoo: ZooLights
November 29 - January 5

As you walk around the zoo, you'll see a dazzling display of more than 1.5 million lights, and experience the zoo in a whole new way.  In addition to visiting elephants, mountain goats and other wildlife, you can ride the popular lighted train and carousel, and enjoy hot drinks and local food carts.  Photos with Santa will be available for the little ones every evening through Dec. 24.  ZooLights are from Nov. 29 - Jan. 5 at the Oregon Zoo: 4001 SW. Canyon Rd. in Portland.  Visit oregonzoo.org.


White Album Xmas
December 4 - 14

White Album Xmas has become a tradition – a way to keep Portland weird during the holiday season.  The Nowhere Band – a full 15-piece Beatles orchestra plays the White Album in its entirety, while the jugglers, aerialists, clowns and acrobats of the Portland Circus Allstars present feats of remarkable strength, focus and dexterity. Guaranteed to blow your mind – every time.  It will be held from Dec. 4 - 14 at Alberta Rose Theatre: 3000 NE. Alberta St. in Portland.  Go to albertarosetheatre.com


Christmas Ships Parade
December 5 - 22
(Oregon & Southwest Washington)

The boats, 14 to 65 feet long, are brightly decorated for the holiday season.  The ships draw thousands of residents each night to the banks of the rivers for their performances.  Up to 60 holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets.  The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas.  Some of the ships owners have been part of Christmas tradition for more than 30 years with many being part of the Christmas Ship fleet for over 20 years.  The parades are from Dec. 5 - 22 for 15 nights, along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  More online to christmasships.org.


Christmas Storybook Land
December 6 - 20

This is a FREE and fun event for the whole family.  Visit Christmas Storybook Land in Albany, to relive your favorite childhood nursery rhymes, fairy tales and family movies in a magical indoor forest.  At the end of the trail, Santa Claus is waiting to visit with you!  It will be held from Dec. 6 - 20 at the Linn county Fairgrounds, inside the Cascade Livestock Building: 3700 Knox Butte Rd. E in Albany.  To learn more, go to christmasstorybookland.org


Heceta Head Lighthouse: Victorian Christmas
December 7 - 15

Enjoy the beautifully decorated house while listening to local musicians play holiday favorites.  Warm drinks, goodies and even Santa Claus will be there!  Heceta Lighthouse Gift shop will also be open for last minute gifts.  The State Park will open the historical lighthouse as well, so bring your flashlight and rain jacket, just in case.  Victorian Christmas is from Dec. 7 - 15 at Heceta Head Lighthouse: 92072 Hwy. 101 in Florence.  Times are from 4 - 7 p.m.  Go to www.hecetalighthouse.com.  


Victorian Christmas:
An Old-Fashioned, Small Town Holiday Celebration
December 7 - 22

Come celebrate the holidays in historic Jacksonville, Oregon.  Our Victorian Christmas celebration begins with a Community Caroling & Tree Lighting on November 30th at 5 p.m. Followed by our Christmas Parade on December 7th at 10 a.m.  Festivities continue on weekends in December leading up to Christmas.  Between December 7 – 22 take family pictures with Father Christmas, enjoy strolling carolers, complimentary hot cider, horse drawn wagon rides and more.  And where better to do your holiday shopping?  Local shops, restaurants and tasting rooms have gifts for everyone on your list.  Join us in Jacksonville to celebrate the holidays the old-fashioned way!  Visit ChristmasInJacksonville.com for complete event details.


NW Dance Project Presents "Winter Wonders"
December 12 - 14

New Dance Works Celebrating the Season as Never Before!  Conceived and Created by NW Dance Project's Own Company Members + Resident Choreographer Ihsan Rustem.  A Fun and Festive Holiday Show for the Whole Family with warm wassail for all.  Celebrating its 16th season, NW Dance Project is putting a magical and charming spin on its popular annual dancer-made holiday show!  Five of NW Dance Project's talented, award-winning dancers (William Couture, Kody Jauron, Andrea Parson [2010 Princess Grace Award winner], Kevin Pajarillaga, and Anthony Pucci) are conceiving, creating, and producing an unforgettable contemporary dance experience inspired by famous fairytales, fantastic fables, snowy scenes, and wintertime wonders. Experience a new adventure for Gerda and the Deer from The Snow Queen, see said Snow Queen in full rave mode, go inside the secret relationship between The Grinch and his hapless dog Max, slide your way back to the 1950s, and witness a battle between heat and snow. And as a special bonus, our Resident Choreographer, Ihsan Rustem, is creating whimsical new interludes for the 10 company dancers as well as our new Young Creatives student performing group. After the show, all attendees are invited to stay, meet the dancers, and enjoy a glass of warm homemade wassail!  Performances of "Winter Wonders" are at 7:30 p.m., from Dec. 12 - 14, at Lincoln Performance Hall: 1620 SW. Park Ave. in Portland.  Tickets are $29 - $59 Advance (no service fees) by going online to nwdanceproject.com/show/winter-wonders and/or theater box office.  For more information, call (503) 828-8285, send an email to info@nwdanceproject.org or visit www.nwdanceproject.org.


Bed & Breakfast Holiday Open House
December 14 - 15
(Coastal Washington) 

Step into local bed and breakfasts and enjoy the holiday splendor of these local lodgings. Bed and breakfasts are celebrated for their originality and personality, and this event shows off both.Stay tuned as participating bed and breakfasts will be announced as the event nears. Donations of a can of food are requested and will be given to the local food bank.  This is a FREE event in Long Beach.  For more, go online to visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.


World of Speed Presents Holiday Magic 
December 19 - 21

Brand-new this year, World of Speed Motorsports Museum is excited to bring you THREE special nights at the Museum full of fun activities and games for the whole family!  Dress up or come as you are to meet the Snow Queen and other princesses on Thursday night, Batman and other superheroes on Friday night, and the Big Guy himself on Saturday!  Event begins at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Events are FREE with admission.  Members always get in FREE!  Come once or all three nights - we will keep the cocoa hot for you!  Holiday Magic is from Dec. 19 - 21 at 27490 SW. 95th Ave. in Wilsonville.  To learn more, go to www.worldofspeed.org.


MagicFest Portland 2019
December 20 - 22

MagicFest is the biggest open Magic experience with multiple events around the world.  These exciting three-day festivals of all that is Magic, feature a two-day Grand Prix tournament with thousands of dollars in cash prizes.  Plus, you’ll find artist signings and more side events than you could possibly play in your most fevered Magic-induced dreams.  It will be held  from Dec. 20 - 22 at the Oregon Convetion Center, Hall D: 777 NE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, in Portland.  Go to magic.wizards.com.


St. Francis Goes to Broadway
Saturday, January 4

Imagine if St. Francis of Assisi could travel through time and tell his own story! Join us as NYT bestselling author, James Twyman, begins his one-man, off-Broadway tour of “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” at the Franciscan Spiritual Center! During his cross-country tour he will imitate St. Francis as closely as possible, traveling without money and in complete trust for rides, food and support as he travels from Milwaukie to New York.  The performance is on Saturday, January 4, from 2 - 4 p.m.  Cost is $20.  Visit us at www.francisspctr.com for more details about the launch of this amazing project.  



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