By Eugene Magazine

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and if that doesn’t motivate you to get into the holiday spirit, hopefully these events around Lane County will!

Please attend responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety precautions.

Holiday Artisan Market at Swallowtail Spirits

Swallowtail Spirits is hosting a Holiday Artisan Market, perfect for getting those last gifts on your list while also supporting local makers and small businesses! Food from The Grassy Cow will be provided, as will coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Thursday | 4 pm | Swallowtail Spirits, 111 Main St., Springfield | Free admission | swallowtailspirits.com

 

YMCA Virtual Bingo Night

Eugene Family YMCA is hosting a virtual holiday bingo night! Show off your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win, or just have fun playing some bingo to win some prizes like a season pass to Hoodoo!

Thursday | 6:30 pm | Virtual | $10-$25 | eugeneymca.org

 

Pie Crust Making Demo

Through the Whiteaker Community Virtual Holiday Market, chef and Heart of Willamette Cooking School instructor Gracie will teach you how to make the perfect pie crust!

Saturday | 10 am | Virtual | Free | howcookingschool.com

 

Virtual Mixology Class

Thanks to Heritage Distilling’s Virtual Mixology Class, you can learn how to make an espresso martini, a fig Old Fashioned, and a cranberry spiced rum sour. You’ll need to pick up all the ingredients at their location in the Whit, but after that, you’re set!

Saturday | 3 pm | Virtual | Cost of supplies | heritagedistilling.com

 

Noel with the Oregon Mozart Players

The Oregon Mozart Players are presenting Noel, a virtual holiday concert that will be available for streaming starting Saturday. Conductor Kelly Kuo will lead the orchestra through Gruber’s “Calm and Bright,” Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto,” and Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” among many other pieces.

Saturday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Minimum $5 suggest donation | oregonmozartplayers.org/noel 

 

The Nutcracker

You’re holiday tradition of seeing the Eugene Ballet performing The Nutcracker doesn’t have to be skipped this year! Starting Wednesday, you can stream a past performance and watch interviews for peeks behind the scenes!

Starting Saturday | Virtual | $30 | eugeneballet.org/nutcracker/

 

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

On Wednesday, catch the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas show through a virtual presentation by the Hult Center. The performance will include feature songs from their 2014 “Talkin’ Christmas” album, a performance of their Grammy-winning version of “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and others of their gospel classics. See website for bundle options!

Wednesday | 6 pm | Virtual | $18-$100 | hultcenter.org

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Sprout Holiday Expo

Shop gifts made by Lane County’s young entrepreneurs! Sprout has taken their annual Children’s Business Expo online this year and it is now open!

Friday through Dec. 18 | Virtual | Free admission | sproutexpo.com

5th Street Market Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Take on 5th Street Market in their Holiday Scavenger Hunt, now through December 20. Their passport will have you visiting all the local shops and searching for a present icon to guide you. Prizes are available for those who complete the passport!

Now through Dec. 20 | During normal Market hours | 5th Street Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free to participate | 5stmarket.com

 

The Emporium

Every Wednesday and Thursday through Christmas Eve, shop local makers, bakers, and artists for your holiday gifts and goodies at The Emporium, in Veneta.

Wednesdays and Thursdays | 12 pm | The Emporium, 88170 Territorial Hwy., Veneta | Free admission | facebook.com

 

Lion & Owl Date Night In

Make every weekend special with your special someone with Lion & Owl’s Date Night In dinner box. Each meal includes appetizers, salad, entrees, dessert, and wine for two. Get your orders in by Thursday for pick up on Friday or Saturday. This week’s highlights: mini crab cakes, Beef Wellington, and dark chocolate torte!

Order by Thursday | Lion & Owl, 60 E 11th Ave. | $110 | lionandowl.com

 

Wine on Wheels

Sheild Catering and Pfeiffer Winery are teaming up to bring a Dinner Party in a Box to your home! A delicious meal is paired with a bottle of Pfeiffer Wine and delivered right to your door.

Fridays and Saturdays | Schedule delivery time | $50 | sheildcatering.com

Galleria at the Smith Marketplace

The Galleria at the Smith, Eugene’s newest artist marketplace, gives us all the chance to peruse artists’ works, which cover all mediums from ceramics to fiber arts to jewelry, and much more. They will be open every weekend through the end of the year.

Artwork by Andrea Daly

Saturday and Sunday | 12 pm | The Galleria at the Smith, 768 E 13th Ave. | instagram.com/galleria_at_the_smith

YMCA ESCAPE 2020 Triathlon

Now until December, finish 2020 strong with Eugene Family YMCA’s ESCAPE 2020 end-of-the-year triathlon. Through the next few months and at your own pace, you will need to swim 2.5 miles, run/work the cardio machines for 26.2 miles, and bike 112 miles. Register on their website.

Now until Dec. 31 | Virtual and at Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St. | $40 | eugeneymca.org

 

Thursday Night Live with Francesco

Every Thursday through April, Eugene Symphony conductor and music director Francesco Lecce-Chong for visits from guest musicians, watch parties of past performances, and an all-around appreciation of music. This week: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major

Thursdays | 7 pm | Virtual | Free | eugenesymphony.org

Eugene Saturday Market

Shop local artisans, see live music, and pick up lunch from one of the many food carts at the Eugene Saturday Market. See website for safety guidelines and this week’s booths.

Saturday | 10 am | 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission | eugenesaturdaymarket.org

 

Lane County Farmers Market

Stock up on your week’s groceries at the Eugene Saturday Market. Shop local produce, meat, and baked goods. See website for safety guidelines and current vendors.

Saturday | 9 am | 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free admission | lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

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