By Eugene Magazine

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Can’t you just hear the song when you say that out loud? Enjoy “snow” and a magical light display at Fifth Street Public Market, holiday open houses and special events around town, “The Sound of Music” at the Shedd, and even a 5K run and kid’s dash. So much fun to be had this time of year!

December 16
The Block Multicultural Fest
| Liandy Jimenez Otero will host a small festival featuring a beer garden, fashion runway, interactive film tent, photography booth, DJ, performances, craft and food vendors, and more. The event celebrates many cultures within the Latino/a/x/e community. Free, 5pm-9pm, Thinking Tree Spirits, lanearts.org

December 16
Social Change through Dance
| A performance from Ballet Folklorico Colibri focuses on promoting dance as a means to educate audiences toward social change. Maria Sollo hosts the free event. 5pm-6pm, Eugene Farmers Market Pavilion, 8th Ave and Oak St, lanearts.org

December 16 and 17
Fifth Street Public Market Holiday Events
| Experience a winter wonderland at the Fifth Street Public Market! Snow shows will be in the Market Core from 6 – 6:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Light shows occur daily in the Market Alley. Catch a flick Wednesdays and Thursdays through December 22, at 5pm. Stay warm with a beverage from one of the neighboring tasting rooms to enjoy under the Alley heaters or grab a tasty meal from one of the Market’s many restaurants and eateries. Join local artisans, crafters, creators, and makers in the Market Alley for the Holiday Maker’s Market. It’s the perfect place to find unique treasures and support local and small, taking place Friday, December 16 4- 7pm, Saturday, December 17 12-5pm. Fifth Street Public Market, 5thStreetPublicMarket

December 16, 23, and 30
Friday Night Dinners
| The Mount Tom House is hosting dinners each Friday night in December. Dine and stay options are $60/person if you book a room; dine-only options are $75/person. Dinners will include an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Local beer and wine, along with the MTH special mulled wine including in your reservation. Limited to 20 people per event. Happy hour, 5:30pm. Dinner service, 6:30pm. Guest chefs include Chef Isaiah Martinez of Yardy and Chef Aaron Smith of Humphrey Patisserie. Mount Tom House, Harrisburg, mounttomhouse.com

December 17 & 18
Heceta Lighthouse B&B Hosts the 26th Annual Victorian Christmas Open Houses
| Heceta Head Lightstation is celebrating 26 years of the Annual Victorian Christmas Open Houses on December 10 and 11 and 17 and 18 from 4 to 7 pm. The Queen Anne style Keeper’s House will be decorated inside and out with festive Victorian holiday decorations December 1 through January 2. Each evening local performers will share your holiday favorites in the historic Keeper’s House. Even Santa will be visiting to welcome children of all ages. Guests are encouraged to take a nighttime walk to the lighthouse, so bring a flashlight! This is a great opportunity to watch the lighthouse beams rotate overhead, truly a magical experience. Entry to the Keeper’s House is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Heceta Head Lighthouse, hecetalighthouse.com or contact the Heceta Lighthouse B&B at (866) 547-3696 or email [email protected]

December 17 & 18
Saturday Market’s Holiday Market
| Saturday Market’s Holiday Market is a festive take on the regular artisan market. You’ll find thousands of locally handcrafted gifts from hundreds of local vendors, an international food court and live entertainment all day long. Shop unique gifts from exquisitely designed ceramics to unique metal and leather work to functional fiber arts and keep your holiday dollars in Eugene. The Holiday Market provides a place for artisans to sell their handcrafted goods directly to their customers. Lane Events Center. holidaymarket.org

December 17
Sleigh’r Ball at Ninkasi Better Living Room
| Come sleigh the season and celebrate this year’s Sleigh’r Ball with Ninkasi Brewing Company. There will be live music from Candy Apple Bleu starting at 8pm, a photobooth and Ninkasi’s Sleigh’r Winter Ale, including a full flight of Sleigh’r variations. Discover Ninkasi’s holiday cheer! This event is welcome for all ages, but must be 21+ for alcoholic beverages. Ninkasi Better Living Room, ninkasibrewing.com

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, theshedd.org

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, octheatre.org

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, cottagetheatre.org

December 18
Eugene Juneteenth Ugly Sweater Skate Party!
| The first one was a hit! Join Eugene Juneteeth as they celebrate the holidays with another round of roller skating, but don’t forget to wear your ugly holiday sweaters! Come early as there are limited amount of skates/sizes available for rentals. The skate party is from 2-5pm at Bob Keefer Center in Springfield and there will be music, games and raffle prizes.Pay what you can to join us! $5-15. You can pay at the door or purchase tickets here buy tickets

December 18
Jingle Bells Run – 15K, 5K & Kids Dash
| The Jingle Bells Run event will return to its festive roots! Please come prepared to visit with Santa Claus, with your own water bottle. 11:30am, Maurie Jacobs Park, eclecticedgeracing.com

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

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, theshedd.org

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, newzonegallery.org

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. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, uoregon.edu/visit