What’s On this Weekend! (WOW!)

Happy Hanukkah and a joyous winter weekend full of family fun! Check our picks below, but be sure to check our Holiday Highlights and our online calendar for more family fun every day of the month.


Peter Pan. Northwest Children’s Theater presents Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and the rest in this thrilling musical journey to Neverland. Best ages 6+. Runs through Jan. 6. Check website for show times. $18-$22, plus surcharge. 1819 NW Everett. 503-222-4480. nwcts.org.

The Velveteen Rabbit. Tears of Joy Theatre’s puppets perform this endearing tale based on Margery William’s classic book, with Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage theater company. Puppet making before matinees. Best ages 2+. Check website for show times. $17-$21, plus surcharge. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 503-248-0557. tojt.org.

ZooZoo. Imago Theatre brings “Cats” back to join the frogs, penguins and others. Best ages 3+. Runs through Dec. 31. Check website for show times. $31 adults, $27 youth, $16 kids. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th. 503-231-9581. imagotheatre.com.

Cinnamon Bear Cruise. Board the Portland Spirit for a two-hour magical holiday cruise featuring holiday treats, storytelling, music and magic. Photo with Cinnamon Bear. Through Dec. 23. Check website for departure times. $30 adults, $22 child. 503-224-3900. Board at SW Salmon and Naito Pkwy. portlandspirit.com.

Pinkalicious: The Musical CLOSES. Oregon Children’s Theatre’s riotous musical about a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes, she turns pink closes this Sunday. Check website for show times. $15-$30, plus surcharge. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 503-228-9571. octc.org.

Visit with Santa. Ornament decorating, museum play, crafts, meet St. Nick (bring your own camera). 5:30-8 pm Dec. 8, 9. $9 person. Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd. 503-223-6500. portlandcm.org.


Penny’s Puppets. The Sharing Carrot. Best ages 10 and under. 10:30-11:30 am. (Also Dec. 21: Who Stole the Stockings. Dec. 28: The Mitten.) $5 per guest, 4 for $17. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave. 503-282-9207. pennypuppets.com.

Beaverton Tree Lighting. Music, kids’ crafts, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 5 pm in and in front of the library. Entertainment in park 6 pm. Tree lighting 7 pm. 7-9 pm treats and entertainment at local businesses. FREE. 12375 SW 5th St. 503-526-2559. beavertonoregon.gov.

Starry Nights & Holiday Lights. Tualatin lights floating holiday tree, entertainment, kids’ activities, Santa. 5:30 pm, lighting 6:30 pm. FREE. Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg. 503-691-3061. tualatinoregon.gov.


Holiday Market. 45 vendors at French American International School’s holiday market, entertainment, 9 am-4 pm. Free admission. 8500 NW Johnson. 503-292-7776. faispdx.org.

Magical Winter Faire. Artisan marketplace, crafts, games, entertainment, food, more. 10 am-4pm. Free admission. Cedarwood Waldorf School, 3030 SW 2nd. 503-245-1477. cedarwoodschool.org.

The Remarkable Snow Flake. Penny’s puppets perform. 2 pm. FREE. Lake Oswego Library, 706 4th St. 503-636-7628. www.ci.oswego.or.us.

Evergreen Movies. Enjoy a festive family movie. Today’s shows: 10 am: Polar Express. 3 pm Dec. 8: It’s a Wonderful Life. Check website for additional Dec. features. $6, member discount. Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. 503-434-4185. evergreenmuseum.org.

Kids Morning Skate. Group lesson and skate games. Ages 10 and under, with family. 10:30-noon Sat. $6 per child, grown-up free. Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 503-233-5777. oakspark.com.

Tuba Christmas. 200+ tubas do holiday songs. 1:30 pm. FREE. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 503-223-1613. pioneercourthousesquare.org.

Christmas in the Country. Traditional music, hot cider, Santa photos. 11 am-4 pm Dec. 8, 9. FREE. Santa photos $5 per sitting, or free if you take your own photo. Philip Foster Farm, 29912 SE Hwy. 211, Eagle Creek. 503-637-6324. philipfosterfarm.com.

OBT’s Nutcracker OPENS. George Balanchine’s holiday confection, danced to perfection, with lavish costumes and production. Must be age 3+. Runs through Dec. 22. Check website for performance times. $16-$140, plus surcharge. 503-222-5538. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay. obt.org.


Chanukah Wonderland. Help build an 8-foot LEGO Menorah, plus music, crafts, play zone, story time, food to buy, more. 1:30-3:30 pm. $12 family, $4 child. Portland Jewish Federation and Chabad of the Eastside. Beverly Cleary School, 1915 NE 33rd Ave. 503-977-9947. chabadoregon.com.

Hanukah: The Power of Light. Jewish Theatre Collaborative introduces children to the traditions and history of Hanukkah in this lovely holiday play. Ages 5+. 11 am. $10, adults, $5 ages child. Miracle Theatre, 425 SE 6th. 503-236-7253. jewishtheatrecollaborative.org.

Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Orchestra groups at 2 pm. Jazz groups and flute choir at 5 pm. $10 general, $5 youth. Tigard High School, 9000 SW Durham Rd. 503-239-4566. playmys.org.

Emma Rose Kids’ Karaoke Hour. Nine-year old hosts. Ages 1-17. 1-4 pm Dec. 9, 23. FREE. Pink Feather, 14154 SE Division. 503-761-2030. pink-feather.com.

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