PORTLAND METRO EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 23-25, 2016
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
THURS-SAT – Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
PEACOCK LANE LIGHT DISPLAYS
Through December 31 – Each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas for decades. Mostly Tudors, the 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.
MICHAEL ALLEN HARRISON—CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD CHURCH
WED-SAT – This special heart-warming holiday concert series features Michael and his musical family, including the fabulous vocalist Julianne Johnson and many spectacular special guests.
KID’S STORYTIME AT POWELLS
SAT – Powell’s is reading The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, 11 AM at the downtown location.
PLAID TIDINGS MUSICAL
THURS-SAT – At first Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren’t sure why they’ve returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Plaid Tidings offers the best of Forever Plaid.
CHRISTMAS FANTASY TRAIL
Through December 30 – Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded “Fantasy Trail,” decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment.
WIZARD OF OZ
Through January 2 – The Wizard of Oz takes you over the rainbow to a magical kingdom filled with munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, wizards, and timeless songs at Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Discount tickets in the side section for $12.
THURS-FRI – The Polar Express story comes to life when the train departs Hood River for a one hour round-trip to the North Pole.
Through January 1 – A dazzling display of more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.
CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN
Through January 1 – An award-winning event featuring ice skating, a traditional German Christmas Market, snowless tubing and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Through December 30 – 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.
FRI-SUN – Spectators can enjoy the most spectacular drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle.
Through December 31 – Enjoy a magical walk down a lighted, accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
FRI – Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.
PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
WED-SAT – The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them in Old Town.
URBAN SCAVENGER HUNT
ALL MONTH – Smartphone clues lead you on a fun & engaging walking tour of the city. Clues start you in the heart of downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will take you on a scavenger hunt through the Arts District, on a streetcar ride and among the famous food carts.
ALL MONTH – Various Portland Locations: Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one to five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team.
VANCOUVER METRO EVENTS
CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE
THURS – Enjoy jazz, gospel, blues and pop versions of some of your favorite Christmas and holiday music, along with some surprises that are sure to delight! Children ages 3 and under are free. Crosswords Community Church.
NEW MOVIES OUT THIS WEEK
· Assassin’s Creed
· Why Him?
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