PORTLAND METRO WEEKEND PLANNER DECEMBER 22-25, 2017
FRI-SAT – Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music. Free.
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS
Through SAT – A celebration of the Winter Solstice, is a mythic journey into the music, dance, and traditions of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.
LIGHTS ON PEACOCK LANE
Through December 31 – Houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.
THE MIRACLE OF A MILLION LIGHTS
Through SAT – The entire 2.5 acres is filled with more than a million twinkling lights that turn this historic Portland landmark into a Christmas Wonderland! Tour the richly appointed historic Victorian Belle aglow with 20+ uniquely decorated Christmas trees and elaborate decorations. View rooms filled with period antiques and vintage heirlooms with majestic themes.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL
Through SUN – Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Through December 30 – A Playhouse tradition, therefore it’s unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly spirits who visit on Christmas Eve and guide the grumpy miser through a redemptive and transformative journey towards friendship and love. Hopeful, musical, and above all fun.
Through January 7 – Walk through dazzling displays of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through 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 nearly 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.
Through December 26 – The largest light show in the Northwest spanning the track at Portland International Raceway.
CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through December 31 – A charming European-inspired event featuring ice skating, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, live music and more!
LIGHTING OF MADDOX WOODS
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.
THE TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS TOWN
Through December 28 – Based on the beloved children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, this holiday ride recreates on board the story book tale that is sure to become a family favorite tradition! 75 minute train ride departing from Hood River.
80’s VIDEO DANCE ATTACK
Every FRI & SAT – Dig out your neon mesh shirts, crimping iron and striped legwarmers to travel back to the 1980s! Classic music videos projected on giant screens complimented with a thumping sound system and light show, this dance extravaganza is sure to get the blood pumping!
PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE’S CIDER-MOSA SATURDAY
EVERY SAT – Enjoy a liquid brunch and try a variety of delicious and fun cider-mosas.
DUELING PIANO SHOW
FRI & SAT (All Month) – The Barrel Room lays claim to the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland. The show, which at times can get a “little cheeky,” isn’t just two players banging on pianos for five hours. They boast a Vegas style, request driven, interactive show complete with bits, games, sing-a-longs, comedy and some of the best players in the U.S.
GUIDED NATURE HIKES
EVERY DAY – Park guides lead nature hikes to explore the forest, stream ecosystems and natural history of the natural area. Tryon Creek State Park & more.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
IMPROV HOLIDAY SHOW
SAT – Put your Christmas shopping aside and let someone else do the entertaining! MIT players have been plotting and scheming to bring the best possible improvised fun ever to downtown Vancouver.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Bad Santa: Trading Places
· The Shape of Water
· All the Money in the World
· The Greatest Showman
· Father Figures
· Pitch Perfect 3
· Darkest Hour
· Happy End
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