By Eugene Magazine

Holiday dinners, lighthouse tours, music, parades, and art. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Shedd offers the classic “The Sound of Music,” the Shook Twins perform at the Hult Center, hear Eugene Symphony perform “Ode the Joy,” or hear Chamber Music Amici perform adventurous works by acclaimed Spanish composers at Wildish Theater.

December 7, 14, 21, 28
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 you 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 four 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

December 8
Shook Twins at Hult Center
| Twin sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook write, record, and perform folk/Americana inspired songs. The duo has released four albums and 2 EPs with Katelyn on guitar, Laurie on banjo, and both lending vocals. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 8
Veneta Light Parade
| The annual 19th annual light parade is organized by the Veneta-Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy the creatively decorated fire trucks, cars, floats, and approximately 40 other brightly adorned vehicles as they wind through downtown. The parade route is staging 8th St Jack Kelly Drive Westbound, R on Territorial Hwy, R on Hunter Ave, R on 3rd St, R on McCutcheon Ave, L on 2nd St, L West Broadway, ends on 8th Street & Jack Kelley Drive. Veneta, venetafernridgechamber.com

December 8
The Emerald City Jazz Kings  – “I Wonder As I Wander: Christmas at The Shedd 2022”
| Join Siri Vik, director, on December 8 and December 11. She is partnering with long-time Christmas music director Vicki Brabham leading veteran members of The Emerald City Jazz Kings, as well as favorite Shedd vocalists Bill Hulings, Dylan Stasack, and Vanessa Greenway. This year, as Vik fills in for Shirley Andress, she shares some of her own musical holiday traditions — carols and sounds from around the world, or from long ago, songs that are close to her personally, and that have long enchanted her with the magic and mystery of the season. The Shedd, theshedd.org

December 9
Tolliver
| Soul-funk musician Tolliver is performing at the Hult Center as part of their 10×10 series. Tolliver’s songs are a gumbo of soul, funk, pop and camp, as funny as they are soul-baring. His recent EP “Daddyland” is about reconnecting with his late father via the astral plane, and realizing that he has more in common with his devout-yet-very-flawed father than he ever knew. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 9
Alesong Holiday Pairing Dinner
| Enjoy a six-beer, five-course pairing dinner prepared by Chef Isaiah Martinez of Yardy. Seating will be community style, with two long tables nestled between the barrels and fermentation vessels in Alesong’s country brewery’s cellar. The menu will showcase some of Oregon’s finest seasonal bounty, including local Dungeness crab, truffles and hazelnuts. The event will be held in the barrel cellar at Alesong’s Countryside Brewery at 6:30pm. Limited to 40 seats, tickets are $140 each, inclusive. Alesong, alesongbrewing.com

December 9, 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 10
John Craigie
| Portland-based singer, songwriter, and producer John Craigie adapts moments of solitude into stories perfectly suited for old Americana fiction anthologies. Instead of leaving them on dog-eared pages, he projects them widescreen in flashes of simmering soul and folk eloquence. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 10
Eugene Symphony: Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”
| There is no experience that compares to hearing a live performance of Beethoven’s hymn to humanity, starting with the sounds of order emerging from chaos on through to the spine-tingling “Ode to Joy” that will bring you out of your seat in exultation at the end. The audience will also hear First Symphony Project composer Gabriella Smith’s collage of sounds inspired by the natural world, an a capella work sung by the Eugene Symphony Chorus by Shawn Kirchner, and another stunning but rarely heard work for chorus and orchestra by Beethoven. Hult Center, eugenesymphony.org

December 10
Ven a Nuestra Casa
| Laura Martinez with World Fusion Events gathers cultural makers to demonstrate Hispanic traditions centering around food, music, and culture. This event will feature flowers provided by Chase Flowers and Gifts and food by local vendors. Free, space is limited, please register at 503-432-9827, 4pm-6pm. Many Nations Longhouse, 1630 Columbia Street, lanearts.org/fiesta-cultural

December 11
Chamber Music Amici
| Adventurous works by acclaimed Spanish composers Joaquín Turina, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados will be featured at Chamber Music Amici’s concerts at 3 pm., December 11, and 7:30 pm December 12. Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, chambermusicamici.org

December 10 & 11, 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 12
Little Feat with Nicki Bluhm
| Little Feat blends the sounds of rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie for a distinguished musical experience. The band will play at McDonald Theater with special guest Nicki Bluhm, a singer-songwriter from Lafayette. McDonald Theater, mcdonaldtheatre.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

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 museums located in some of the fastest growing cities and states in the western region of the United States. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, jsma.uoregon.edu

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