Treat yourself to
child-free, brain-building science fun at
OMSI After Dark from 6-10 p.m. Sample tasty snacks
and sweets along with beer, wine, and craft soda, and talk to
regional food and beverage artisans about the science behind
them. The OMSI Market Cafe will be open with a special dinner
menu and cash bars are available for those who want more than
just a taste! It's geeks gone wild! (21 and over only.) Cost:
$12 regular admission.
Holiday Ale Festival returns to Portland's Pioneer
Courthouse Square. Featuring more than four dozen big, bold ales
to fend off the cold chill of a winter night, attendees stay
warm and dry under clear-topped tents that cover the venue,
while gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of
the region's largest decorated tree. In addition to beer
tasting, the festival also features on-site food and event
properties feature Breakfast with Santa mornings chock-full of
hot chocolate, muffins and a full buffet, as well as quality
time for kids on Santa's lap, so their letters and lists can be
discussed with the bearded wonder in full.
Tickets are available now for all the December dates.
Lakewood Theatre Company presents Irving
Berlin's White Christmas, a delightful new musical based on
the 1954 smash hit movie. Two army buddies have a successful
song- and-dance act after the war. The two follow beautiful
singing sisters to a Christmas gig at a Vermont lodge owned by
their former Army commander. The boys are the only guests at the
resort because there is no snow! To help the General, they come
up with a scheme to bring in a crowd.
Artists Repertory Theatre presents Xmas
Unplugged, a holiday debauchery double-bill for mature
audiences. Spend an outrageous Christmas Eve with a churlish
Santa, a kidnapped elf and a handful of hapless souls in need of
some holiday spirit. Amid the shrapnel of yuletide yearning,
broken dreams and poignant revelations, can the magic of the
season spark hope in their hearts? With these two riotous,
irreverent short plays, be prepared for a pair of good
old-fashioned, foul-mouthed, feel-good holiday anti-classics
and just a wee dusting of that cherished Christmas feeling.
Portland Center Stage presents The Santaland
Diaries. Based on the outlandish and true chronicles of
David Sedaris' experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy's Santaland
display, this hilarious cult classic features comic encounters
during the height of the holiday crunch. Portland favorite
Darius Pierce returns this season as Crumpet! Reserve your
tickets earlythis show consistently sells out.
the sights, sounds and sensations of the season,
The Grotto's 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. A
family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene
Oregon Symphony is bringing 2013 to a festive
crescendo with two special performances of Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony! Carlos Kalmar conducts, with soloists Angela Niederloh,
Carl Moe and Richard Zeller, along with the Portland State
University Chamber Choir, the Pacific Youth Choir and the
Portland Gay Men's Chorus.
More than 80
volunteers have filled Portland's treasured
Pittock Mansion with creative Christmas displays.
In addition to dazzling decorations, local musicians play
regularly in the mansion's Music Room and shoppers will find
unique holiday decorations, jewelry, books, toys and more in the
Museum Store. Free shuttle service and parking will be available
Dec. 19 through Jan. 1.
Click here for more information.
holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of
ZooLights. More than a million LED lights transform the
Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled
with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal