By Eugene Magazine

’Twas the week before Christmas and all through Eugene, the people were bustling, adorned in red and green. Events where still happening through the county with flair, in hopes that celebrations would happen there.

Winter Ale Fest

Celebrate our local brews at Winter Ale Fest at the Bier Stein, hosted by the Eugene Ale Trail. There will be seasonal beers for you to sample from area breweries like Alesong Brewing, Ninkasi, Viking Braggot Company, The Wheel Apizza Pub, Falling Sky Brewing, and WildCraft Cider Works, among others.

Thursday | 5 pm | The Bier Stein, 1591 Willamette St. | Free admission |

Winter Camping Workshop

It is possible to camp in the winter, giving you access to stunning winter wonderlands that are yours alone to witness. REI is hosting a workshop to give you some tips and tricks for weathering the cold and staying warm and safe. Register in advance on their website.

Thursday | 6 pm | REI, 306 Lawrence St. | $20-$40 |


The Maude Kerns Art Center is showing Iris through their monthly Movies at Maude’s series this Thursday. This 2014 documentary covers the life of fashion icon Iris Apfel and her signature dark-rimmed glasses.

Thursday | 7 pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 5th Ave. | Free, but donation suggested |

The Radio Redux Christmas Special

Radio Redux is hosting their Christmas special this weekend, with throwbacks to hit radio programs and songs from yesteryear. There will also be a pre-show lecture an hour before the show with Patrick Lucanio.

Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $23-$26.25 |

The Nutcracker

Continue your annual tradition at The Nutcrackerpresented by the Eugene Ballet. Cheer on Clara and her Nutcracker while hundreds of young dancers take the stage in the Snow Kingdom. Orchestra Next is accompanying.

Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $35-$68 |

UO Women’s Basketball vs. Kansas State

The Ducks take on the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. They’ll battle it out at the Matthew Knight Arena, hoping to keep up their already impressive season.

Saturday | 12 pm | Matthew Knight Arena, 1390 Villard St. |

Holiday Salsa Social

Join Noble Estate Winery for their Holiday Salsa Social this Saturday. Start the evening with a Salsa and Bachata dance lesson from Florabelle Moses, then show your stuff at the open dance that will follow.

Saturday | 6 pm | Noble Estate Urban, 560 Commercial St. | $5-$7 admission | 21+ |

Winter Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Dorris Ranch on Saturday. It may be the longest night, but you can light it up with the campfire, storytelling, treats, craft making, and a lighted walk.

Saturday | 6 pm | Dorris Ranch Living History Farm, 205 Dorris St., Springfield | $7-$9 |

Jingle Bells Run

Warm up at the Jingle Bells Run on Sunday, hosted by Eclectic Edge Racing. Choose between a 15K, 5K, 15K three-person relay, or the Kids Rudolph Run (with a visit from Santa) and pick up giant candy canes along the race for special points and prizes. After the race, enjoy hot soup, chili, and grilled cheese sandwiches while listening to live music.

Sunday | 11:45 am | Start: Eclectic Edge Racing, 750 Commercial St., Ste. 7 | $25-$60 |

Giant Menorah Lighting

Chabad at the University of Oregon is hosting a Chanukah celebration on Sunday, lighting a giant menorah at Oakway Center. Join them for hot latkes, donuts, chocolate coins, face painting, and live music to help kick of your Chanukah celebrations! RSVP on their website!

Sunday | 4:30 pm | Heritage Courtyard, Oakway Center, 2350 Oakmont Way | Free admission |

Adventure! All-day Harry Potter Read-a-Thon

Spend Christmas Eve participating in the Read-a-Thon at Adventure! Children’s Museum. The entirety of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be read throughout the day, read in 15- to 60-minute increments by volunteer readers (you can be one, too!). Make golden snitch ornaments, decorate cookies, and drink Butterbeer along the way.

Tuesday | 10 am | Adventure! Children’s Museum, 490 Valley River Center | Free admission for reader and one chaperone |

Happy Holidays from us at Eugene Magazine

No matter how you celebrate, we hope your holiday season is joyful, peaceful, and full of love. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Next week: Meow Meow

Diva, singer, comedian, and all around entertainer Meow Meow is coming to the Hult Center next Friday. She’s bringing a full repertoire and experience that spans all types of stages from classic theatre to opera to modern music. Laugh along while you’re both inspired and terrified at this unique show. A VIP Lounge is also available.

Friday, Dec. 27 | 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $33-$48.75 |