By Eugene Magazine | Published December 2018

The countdown to Christmas has fewer and fewer days on it, and local events are showcasing the magic and lights of the season this weekend. Get your Christmas tree, see a holiday show, or choose the best libations for your next event.

Choose N Cut Christmas Trees

Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm gives you the full Christmas tree experience. Take a tractor hayride to see the huge selection of trees of all varieties, where you can choose and cut your own. Pick up a hot drink at their store while you browse ornaments and holiday wreaths. You’ll also have a chance to visit the resident cows, goats, pigs, and turkeys.

Daily until December 24 | 10 am | Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm, 36777 Wheeler Rd. | Free admission | northernlightschristmastreefarm.com

“Northern Lights” Paint Party

Paint a brilliant scene depicting the Northern Lights at the Paint Party at Starlight Lounge this Thursday. All art supplies and instructions will be provided while you enjoy drinks from the bar during happy hour. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday | 6 pm | Starlight Lounge, 830 Olive St. | $35 | thirst2create.com

Little Wonders: Astro-Explorer

Bring your preschooler to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for the monthly Little Wonders event. This month, learn how to be an astro-explorer, traveling through space with games, stories, and crafts. Next month: Astounding Architecture.

Friday | 10:30 am | Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1680 E 15thAve. | Price included with regular admission | natural-history.uoregon.edu

Posada Navidena

Posada Navidena, as part of Lane Arts Council’s ongoing Fiesta Cultural events, celebrates holiday traditions from around Latin America. There will be music, art, and activities to showcase the diversity of our neighbors to the south and the immigrant experience in the US.

Friday | 6 pm | Head Start of Lane County, 21 N Grand St. | Free | lanearts.org

A Christmas Story

The Last Resort Players in Florence are producing A Christmas Story, the classic tale following Ralphie and his friends and family in the days leading up to Christmas. Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun, but is continually shut down with the warning that he’ll “shoot his eye out.” Will he get it anyway? Find out in Florence this weekend.

Friday-Sunday | See website for show schedule | Florence Events Center, 725 Quince St., Florence | Price to be determined | lastresortplayers.com

Holiday Tour of Homes

CROW (Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops) is hosting Home for the Holidays, a Christmas Tour of Homes, with all proceeds from the event benefitting CROW’s performing arts programs, especially their production of “The Wiz” in the spring. See four beautifully decorated homes in Florence at one of their three tour opportunities from the comfort of a treat- and holiday-beverage-filled bus.

Friday-Sunday | See website for tour times | Start at CROW Center for the Performing Arts, 3120 Hwy. 101, Florence | $50 | crowkids.com

Babes in Toyland

Join Ballet Fantastique for their unique take on Babes in Toyland, featuring retroglam choreography by Donna Marissa and Hannah Bontrager, colorful styling, and the usual with and whimsy that they’re known for. Take a break from your holiday craziness and see this show!

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $35-$76 | balletfantastique.org

Saturday Market’s Holiday Market

Get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Market, where you can buy unique, locally made gifts for everyone on your list. There will also be live music and an international food court.

Saturday and Sunday | 10 am | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13thAve. | Free admission | holidaymarket.org

Bubbly Party

Find the best bubbly for your holiday escapades at the Bubbly Party hosted by Provisions this Saturday. Try different sparkling wines and pick and choose the perfect one for all your events and gifts.

Saturday | 1 pm | Provisions Market Hall, 296 E 5thAve. | Free | provisionsmarkethall.com

Ninkasi Brewing’s Sleigh’r Ball

Ninkasi is hosting their annual Sleigh’r Ball this Saturday! See live chainsaw ice carving with “The Chef Chainsaw,” Chris Foltz, while listening to live acoustic classic metal music from Electric Funeral. There will also be the opportunity to visit with Krampus.

Saturday | 4 pm | Ninkasi Brewing Tasting Room, 272 Van Buren St. | Free admission | facebook.com/events

UO Men’s Basketball vs. Boise State

Cheer the UO men’s basketball team to victory as they take on Boise State at Matt Knight Arena this Saturday. On Tuesday, the UO women’s basketball team hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Men’s: Saturday, 4:30 pm; Women’s: Tuesday, 7 pm | Matthew Knight Arena, 1390 Villard St. | $10-$53 | goducks.com

The Bees Knees ArtShop

Artful Alchemy is hosting an afternoon of bee-themed crafting. Create your own honey comb or honey bee mug using stencils and reverse stencils and learn image transferring techniques. These mugs are a perfect DIY gift or addition to your mug collection. Heritage will also be offering advice on the best spirits to mix with your favorite warm drink.

Sunday | 2 pm | Heritage Distilling Co., 110 Madison St. | $35 | artfulalchemy.party

Staff Restaurant Pick: Ta Ra Rin Thai Cuisine

Offering tasty Thai classics, Ta Ra Rin will help you get your spice on (or not). They serve classics like Pad Thai or red curry, with a wide selection of everything in between. You can also choose from one of their delicious chef specials like their lava catfish or “Dracula’s nightmare.” Pair your meal with one of their delicious desserts and a selection from the ample beer, wine, or sake list.

Ta Ra Rin Thai Cuisine | 1200 Oak St., Springfield: 1410 Mohawk Blvd. | Mon-Fri, 11 am-3 pm, 4:30 pm-10 pm; Sat-Sun, 12 pm-10 pm | 541/343-1230 | tararinthai.com