By Eugene Magazine

Welcome to December! Kids can visit with Santa or see their favorite Disney songs performed onstage, and adults can enjoy a unique performance of “Something Wicked” that combines ballet, contemporary, and burlesque. There are plenty of plays, musical performances, and art exhibits to keep you enthralled.

December 1
Veneta Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa
| Bring the kids to visit with Santa and watch the lights come on at Veneta Elementary School starting at 6 pm. Includes music by the local school kids. !88131 Territorial Hwy., Veneta,

December 2
“Something Wicked”
 | Ballet, contemporary, and burlesque in one wickedly delightful show Friday, December 2nd. Lou Moulder, Kendra Lady, and Chelsea Godon are hard at work with local dancers to present a performance inspired by the Fates — Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. The Fates, inspiration for the Wayward Sisters in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” are known as the goddesses of destiny and wield more power than their parents, Zeus and Themis. The Rebelle Movement studio  will be transformed into an intimate performance space, similar to historic French salons. Due to limited seating, there are two shows , at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Please make sure to look for either 6:30 pm or 8:30 pm on the ticket selection. Tickets are available for $10 presale or $15 day of the performance (if still available). This show is appropriate for ages 16+. Rebelle Movement Studio,

December 2
Adam Grosowsky Artist Reception
| From 5:30 – 7:30 pm the Karin Clarke Gallery is presenting an artist reception with Adam Grosowsky to celebrate an exhibit of his new paintings, called “Gone Midnight.” The show reflects the late night hours Grosowsky put into his dramatic large-scale works. Grosowsky’s work is filled with passion and energy, which might explain why he is one of the most-collected artists Eugene has produced. The canvases are large, bold, and grab your attention with their strong dark and light contrast. Karin Clarke Gallery,

December 5
Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza
| The Pollstar nominated Disney Junior tour is back with an all new show bringing beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes together live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. Hult Center,

December 6
Willamalane Trips Showcase
| Get a sneak peek of all the Willamalane trips you can join this winter and spring at the Trips Showcase! And you’ll be able to register for trips, hikes, birding, and snowshoe adventures before anyone else. Enjoy light refreshments, win door prizes, and meet the volunteers who will guide your journeys at this free, fun event — now in a larger room! Starts at 10 am. Willamalane Adult Activity Center,

December 6
The Shedd Choral Society presents Mozart’s Missa Brevis KV258 “Piccolomini”
| This missa brevis (“brief mass”) was clearly intended for an important occasion, with its choruses and parts written for high trumpets – but it’s not known what the occasion might have been! Sometimes called the “Spaur Mass” (hypothesizing that it was written to honor Count Ignaz Joseph von Spaur), the title “Piccolomini” doesn’t clarify things much more, since it likely refers to the short duration of the work. Free. The Shedd,

Through December 18
The Shedd Theatricals 2022 “The Sound of Music” | The Shedd Theatricals closes its 2022 season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s unforgettable 1959 musical setting of the heartwarming story of the world-renowned Trapp Family Singers. Maria von Trapp’s 1949 memoir “The Sound of Music” has touched the hearts of audiences around the world. The Shedd,

Through December 18
Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley”
| This is a holiday play for Jane Austen fans. While the Bennets and Darcys celebrate upstairs at Pemberley, the servants downstairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia’s ne’er-do-well husband—and Mr. Darcy’s rival—Mr. Wickham has arrived. It’s up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. Oregon Contemporary Theatre,

Through December 18
Cottage Theatre’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”
| Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who lives in a house with a girl named Abilene. Though she loves him dearly, Edward is too vain and self-centered to care. When Abilene’s family goes on an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard. After months at the bottom of the ocean, a storm tosses him into a fisherman’s net, and Edward’s extraordinary odyssey begins. As years pass, Edward lives with a grieving older couple, a hobo and his dog, a young boy and his ailing sister, and many others, listening and learning along the way. Based on Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful novel, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” is a potent reminder that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again. Cottage Theatre,

Through December 18
“Many Wests” — The American West with the Smithsonian American Art Museum
| This exhibition presents an opportunity to examine previous misconceptions, question racist clichés, and highlight the multiple communities and histories that continue to form this iconic region of the United States. The exhibition is organized jointly by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and four nationally accredited art museums located in some of the fastest growing cities and states in the western region of the United States. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,

Through December 31
“Small Treasures” at New Zone Gallery
| Throughout the month of December, the 70 local artist members of the New Zone Gallery will be filling the gallery’s Klausmeier Room with “small work” — an abundance of styles, concepts, and media, with no work larger in size than 6 by 6 inches. There is nothing small about this show. New Zone Gallery,

Through February 26
Magic in Medieval Europe Exhibit
| The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is holding an exhibit about the use of magic in Medieval Europe. Welcome to the world of medieval spirits and sorcery! Through spellbinding stories, objects, and imagery, magic will take you to the roots of everyday superstitions and conjurings, delving deep into the phenomenon of magical thinking — past and present.