By Eugene Magazine

It’s Second Friday Art Walk weekend in Springfield. There are also more parades, lighting ceremonies, and holiday dinners to enjoy in areas around the county, like Veneta, McKenzie Bridge, Creswell, and Walterville. This Friday is Downtown Eugene’s Holiday Night Out, where you can stroll, eat, shop, and take in the magical holiday setting of our wonderful city. Amp up the holiday vibe by seeing a local performance such as the rollicking “O Christmas Tea” at the Hult Center. Holiday concerts are taking place this week by Eugene Symphony, Eugene Concert Choir, and Chamber Music Amici. Do some shopping at the Holiday Market, or visit WildCraft’s holiday Gift Gala. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, so have some fun!

December 7
Downtown Eugene Holiday Night Out
| Celebrate the holiday season with the Downtown Eugene Holiday Night Out! Begin your winter stroll at Kesey Square, the heart of Downtown Eugene. You’ll enjoy the magic of snow, indulge in hot cocoa, capture memorable moments, and eat from your favorite food trucks. As you traverse through downtown, immerse yourself in the festive spirit by exploring shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, and more. Expect an array of offerings, including drinks, snacks, live music, and exclusive shopping events tailored for the occasion. Whether you’re there to eat, shop, or simply soak up the holiday vibes, Downtown Eugene Holiday Night Out invites you to experience Downtown Eugene at its best. Downtown Eugene, downtowneugene.com

December 7
Eugene Symphony: Mozart and Mendelssohn
| Guest conductor Mélisse Brunet leads a sparkling program that will warm your heart at the start of the holiday season. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Overture in C Major builds from an idyllic opening into a blazing final flourish. Her younger brother Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony evokes the rolling highlands and stoic castles of Scotland, timeless and romantic. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s captivating and lush Piano Concerto, performed by pianist Spencer Myer, illustrates humanity elevated to soaring heights. Hult Center, eugenesymphony.org

December 7
Veneta Light Parade
| The 20th annual light parade is organized by the Veneta-Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy a small-town parade celebrating the season with creatively decorated fire trucks, cars and floats plus holiday-adorned animals as they wind through downtown! The parade route has staging at 8th St & Jack Kelly Drive, then the floats will take a right onto Territorial Highway, right on Hunter Avenue, right on 3rd Street, right on McCutcheon Avenue, left on 2nd Street, left on West Broadway and will end on 8th Street. Veneta, venetafernridgechamber.com

December 8
Downtown Springfield 2nd Friday Art Walk
| Tour downtown Springfield to see this month’s curated art exhibits. Participating businesses and storefronts in the historic district along Main Street and on nearby blocks will host live music and artist receptions. This self-guided tour is hosted by Emerald Art Center, a destination of local art exhibits and cultural displays. Visit them for tour directions (and to see their Simpsons exhibit). The stops along the tour are updated each month on their website. Downtown Springfield, emeraldartcenter.org/

December 8
Andrew Hussey
| 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 8
The Crash Test Dummies
| The Crash Test Dummies are performing their greatest hits and songs from their “Jingle All The Way” collection, with special guest Carleton Stone. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 8 & 9
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 8 & 9
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

December 9 & 10
O Christmas Tea – A British Comedy
| Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss . . . grab your teacups! London’s 3-time Impresario Award-winning duo steep an outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive show reminiscent of classic British pantos. Rich in wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements, “O Christmas Tea” is uproarious fun. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 9
Wildcrafty Gift Gala
| Step into the enchantment of WildCraft’s 3rd annual Wildcrafty Gift Gala, a local celebration of handcrafted wonders. Opens at 11am, and it’s free. WildCraft Cider Works, wildcraftciderworks.com

December 9
Creswell Winter Lights
| The Creswell Winter Lights is a community celebration with all-day activities welcoming the winter season, including visits with Santa, a holiday marketplace, and a holiday light parade. Mrs. Claus will make an appearance with a story time reading for children at the Creswell Public Library. Browse the festive holiday market for gifts, food and crafts at the Creswell Community Center from 10 am – 4 pm. Explore the Creswell Grange Vendor Market at 298 W Oregon Ave from 10 am – 7 pm, then visit the Presbyterian Church Women’s County Store with handcrafted items and baked goods from 10 am – 4 pm at 75 S 4th St.

Place your bid on decorated Christmas trees during the silent auction at the Masonic Lodge from 10 am – 7 pm. The festivities culminate with a joyous Light Parade down Oregon Ave at 5 pm and live music on Oregon Ave and 1st St! Creswell, business.creswellchamber.com

December 9
Holiday Bridge Lighting Celebration
| Head to the Upper McKenzie Community Center for the annual Holiday Bridge Lighting Celebration! The raft parade with a special appearance by Santa will begin the festivities, then they’ll ceremoniously light the Belknap Covered Bridge (thanks to Lane Electric) with Christmas caroling and holiday cheer! Get your photos with Santa and bring a dish to share for the Holiday Potluck. Please bring your own table service, too. McKenzie Bridge, uppermckenziecommunitycenter.org

December 9 & 10
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 10
Sunday Music Showcase At Wildcraft: David Rogers
| Come down to The Ciderhouse and enjoy the weekly local music showcase. Featuring solo guitarist and composer David Rogers. Termed “a prominent guitarist” by the New York Times, David Rogers fuses classical, jazz, and world music elements into beautiful, expressive, and virtuosic performances. The Washington Post has praised his “astonishingly florid” solo improvisational passage work. He has been called a “modern master of the classical guitar” by 20th Century Guitar. 4-6pm, free and all ages. WildCraft Cider Works, wildcraftciderworks.com

December 10
Eugene Concert Choir’s  A Merry Olde English Christmas
| For their 49th concert season, the Eugene Concert Choir has embarked on a musical adventure around the world to celebrate Christmases of Yore. Be transported by the 100-voice Eugene Concert Choir, dressed in colorful Victorian attire, as they fill the hall with merriment. The “Lords and Ladies” of Eugene Vocal Arts, elegantly adorned in elaborate Elizabethan dress, will perform enchanting vocal music and dance of the English Renaissance. Hult Center, eugeneconcertchoir.org

December 10 & 11
Chamber Music Amici’s Brahms 190
| Celebrate the 190th birthday of legendary composer, Johannes Brahms with Chamber Music Amici at the Wildish Community Theater. Dr. Terry McQuilkin will present before the concert, and Chamber Music Amici musicians Sunmi Chang (violin), Eunhye Grace Choi (piano), Wonkak Kim (clarinet), Lillie Manis (viola), Steven Pologe (cello), and Sharon Schuman (violin) will take the stage to perform. Enjoy free desserts from Sweet Life Patisserie after the performance. Wildish Theater, app.arts-people.com

December 11
Shasta Middle School presents 32nd Annual Band and Choir Winter Concert
| Attending Shasta Middle School’s Annual Winter Concert is a perfect way to start your holiday jubilation! Students always carry with them the pride they feel in performing on the Silva Stage, and this will be Shasta’s 32nd year at the Hult Center. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

Through December 11
“Fiddler On The Roof”
| The Shedd concludes their 2023 Shedd Theatricals season with the heartwarming and inspiring 1964 classic tale of family, tradition, love, and perseverance, “Fiddler On The Roof.” Featuring an unforgettable score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, “Fiddler On The Roof” is packed with beautiful, inspiring and heartwarming songs that are impossible to forget like “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, and more. The Shedd, theshedd.org

December 12
Walterville Holiday Dinner
| Join a community dinner this holiday season! Even Santa will be there! You may bring a side dish or dessert to share, and consider also bringing canned food as a donation to the Up River Food Pantry. The Walterville Grange will provide the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy.  Visiting and displays begin at 6 pm, dinner starts at 6:30 pm, and the program will be at 7:30 pm. Walterville Grange, Walterville-Grange

December 13
Candlelight Tours At The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
| Join a special evening tour of the SMJ House in all of its holiday splendor! They turn off the main lights and just enjoy the electric candles and tree lights. A docent gives a guided tour of the history of our community and the families that enjoyed the beautiful Victorian Mansion. They will have two different time slots on three evenings in December. Pre-registration is required to ensure they don’t have too many on the tours to enjoy it. Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, smjhouse.org

Through December 17
“Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas At Pemberley”
| Spend the holidays with the cherished “Pride & Prejudice” characters, Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennet, in this new story about ambition, sisterhood and love. Performances take place Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December 17. Oregon Contemporary Theatre, octheatre.org/pemberley

Through December 17
Pegasus Playhouse’s “Uh… Christmas Carole”
| Check out this great new musical based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Pegasus Playhouse is a theatrical non-profit organization that specializes in involving young people in the production of entertaining works of musical theater. “Uh… Christmas Carole” is played by talent young adult actors. Pegasus Playhouse, pegasusplayhouse.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/elf-the-musical.html

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