By Eugene Magazine

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates! If you’re happy to be cozy at home with your family and friends, or need a way to escape for a little while, heading out to Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge or Sundance Wine Cellars for wine tasting and music is a great idea. The snow shows and photos with Santa continue at 5th Street Public Market this weekend. The Holiday Market continues for three days this weekend, until Christmas Eve. There are many opportunities for holiday-themed performances this week. Enjoy comedy at WildCraft or a laser adventure at the Eugene Science Center for a new Christmas week tradition, or take your family to Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” to continue a cherished tradition. The Hult Center hosts “Christmas with C.S. Lewis,” while Cottage Theatre’s “Elf” continues through December 23.

December 21
Eugene Comedy Presents: Wild Ones
| Wild Ones is a curated comedy open mic every Thursday with host Seth Milstein, featuring a semi-curated list of performers. Sign-up is 7:20 – 7:40pm. The show starts at 8pm. All ages are welcome until 9pm. WildCraft Cider Works, wildcraftciderworks.com/venue

December 21
The Encore
| Join the Shedd for an evening of music and celebration to raise funds for The Jim Reinking Family Performing Arts Program at St. Paul Catholic School. Riffle is the house band for the show, with special guests lined up for every song. Special guests are coming together from far and wide to join Mr. Jim Reinking and Riffle on The Shedd stage. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 and the show starts at 7:00. The Shedd, tickets.theshedd.org

December 21 – 23
Christmas Presence
| Christmas Presence offers a rich combination of stories, poems, and songs featuring actors Jeany Van Meltebeke, David Snider, Martha Moultry, and Donovan Snider with music of the celtic/folk fusion trio Dréos and classical pianist Julianne Shepard. This family friendly production ranges from heartfelt and humorous, exploring childlike wonder and hope in the midst of the complexities of life. It celebrates moments where generosity seems impossible, yet shows up in abundance. The music offers celtic, folk, classical, and jazz renditions of holiday songs. The Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, app.arts-people.com

December 22
Christmas with C.S. Lewis
| C.S. Lewis believed the story of Christ’s birth was nothing more than feel-good myth. That all changed after an encounter with his great friend and fellow author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Although both men loved mythology in general, Tolkien was convinced that the Jesus myth was the one true myth. That was the start of Lewis’ journey from Atheism to Christianity. From that point on Christmas, for Lewis, took on an entirely different meaning. Here we find him at his home on Christmas Eve hosting a group of Americans who are Christmassing in England. They are about to experience something unforgettable. Hult Center, eugenecascadescoast.org

December 22
Winter Holiday Laser Adventure
| Sing along to your favorite holiday songs and immerse yourself in the amazing laser light artwork! You’ll hear classics like “Let it Snow,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and more. Each show is 40 minutes and is recommended for all ages. Please be advised that laser shows contain bright, sometimes flashing lights and loud music. This experience is not recommended for guests who are highly sensitive to light and noise. Eugene Science Center, eugenesciencecenter.org

December 22, 23 & 24
Holiday Market
| This is the time of year when the weekly Saturday Market gives way to the Holiday Market, which will happen weekends through Christmas Eve. Over Thanksgiving weekend the market takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The market is indoors, with two halls filled with handmade art, live performances, and international cuisine. Lane Events Center, holidaymarket.org

December 21 – 26
Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
| Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” transforms the Silva Concert Hall with live music by Orchestra Next. Bring the entire family to this classic holiday ballet as we journey with Clara to the Winter Land and the Land of Sweets. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the flurry of dancing delights after cheering on the Nutcracker Prince as he battles the Mouse King and Pirate Mice. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 22
Olem Alves
| Friday nights at Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge means great live music and a perfect dinner night out with friends, family, or a special date! A variety of music performances will be showcased on Friday evenings, with some outdoors, weather permitting, though most will be inside the Lounge’s beautiful indoor space. Explore the complete lineup of gifted musicians on the Lounge’s online calendar. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge, heartoforegonwine.com

December 22 & 23
Snow Shows At 5th Street Public Market
| Experience a whimsical winter wonderland at the 5th Street Public Market! Snow shows will be in the Market Core from 6 – 6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 5th Street Public Market, 5thStreetPublicMarket

December 22 & 23
Themed Wine Tastings at Sundance Wine Cellars
| Sundance Wine Cellars’ free themed wine tastings highlight various wine regions on Fridays, and on Saturdays, they host local and regional wineries. Apart from the weekends, their tasting bar is always open and has free samples of their featured wines. Sundance Wine Cellars has Oregon’s largest selection of wine and is one of the oldest wine retailers in the Willamette Valley. Since 1983, Sundance Wine Cellars has provided an unparalleled selection of wine from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Sundance Wine Cellars, orwines.com

Through December 23
Cottage Theatre’s “Elf”
| Based on the popular 2003 film, “Elf the Musical” is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy that follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Years ago, Buddy mistakenly crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and ended up being raised as an elf at the North Pole. Eventually, his poor toy-making abilities and enormous size cause him to realize that he is not really an elf. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy embarks on a journey to find his human family. This “Sparkle-Jolly-Twinkle-Jingley” holiday special will light up the stage and fill your ears with Christmas Cheer! Cottage Theatre, cottagetheatre.org

Through December 24
Photos with Santa
| The big man himself, Santa Claus, returns to the 5th Street Public Market for family-friendly photo ops in the eatery area. Santa is excited to share a smile and a special moment with you. Bring your camera and take your photo as you visit Santa in the 5th Street Eateries. This special Santa experience is brought to you by Summit Bank. 5th Street Public Market, facebook.com/events

Through December 30
The New Zone Holiday Store
| The New Zone Holiday Store offers a wide array of artsy gifts, prints and cards. All items are handcrafted by New Zone’s local artist members, with many of them using reused and repurposed material. This is a great way to make a loved one happy with a tasteful gift that supports Eugene’s art community but doesn’t add to waste. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org