The holidays are now in full swing as we enter the second weekend of December. This weekend, enjoy events themed for the season, including a trail run, a wreath making workshop, and out of town options for a day trip.
Mt. Pisgah Frozen Trail RunFest
Lace up your running shoes and hit the trail for the Mt. Pisgah Frozen Trail Run Fest on Saturday. Participants can choose from four different distances: 5K (3.1 miles), 15K (9.3 miles), 25K (15.5 miles), or 50K (31.1 miles) for the truly ambitious. You can register at Eugene Running Company or Run Hub NW through Friday at noon, or on race day at the start from 8-9:25 am.
Saturday | 8 am, 9:25 am | Buford Park, Mt. Pisgah, Eugene | $20-$55, depending on race distance and age | level32racing.com
Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Walk
If strolling through forests with experienced mycologists (fungi experts) is more your speed, join Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer of the Cascade Mycological Society in the hunt for local mushrooms. Talk about the unique characteristics of mushrooms in the Willamette Valley and how they impact the ecosystem around them.
Saturday | 10 am-12 pm | Arboretum Visitor Center, Mt. Pisgah, Eugene | $5 or free for members| www.mountpisgaharboretum.com
A Holiday Show on Ice – “A Night at the Movies”
Enjoy an evening with the Eugene Figure Skating Club as they show off their toe jumps and edge jumps to holiday classics. In lieu of payment, please bring a new, unwrapped book for the Relief Nursery, a local nonprofit organization that works to help local families with young children.
Saturday | 7:30-8:45 pm | Ice Arena, Lane County Fair Grounds, 796 W 13th Ave., Eugene | www.eugenefsc.org
Victorian Christmas at Heceta Head Lighthouse
The Heceta Head Lighthouse in Florence is decked out in Victorian Christmas-themed decorations and ready to see visitors. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for drinks, treats, and Santa Claus, as well as to visit the gift shop to cross those last few people off your list. Can’t make it this weekend? You can still celebrate a Victorian Christmas with the Lighthouse Saturday and Sunday next weekend as well.
Saturday-Sunday | 4-7 pm | Heceta Head Lighthouse, US 101, Florence | $5 parking fee | www.hecetalighthouse.com
Eugene Waldorf School Winter Light Fair
This weekend at the Eugene Waldorf School, there is something for everyone at their Winter Light Fair. Activities include candle dipping, a puppet show, the Crystal Cookie Cave, live music, and the Russian Tea Room, among much more. Most booths activities require individual tickets to participate, which are $2 each.
Saturday | 11 am-3 pm | Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McLean Blvd., Eugene | Tickets per activity, $2 each | www.eugenewaldorf.org
Wreath Making with Singing Creek Educational Center
Karen from Singing Creek Educational Center will be hosting a winter wreath making workshop. All materials are provided – all you have to bring are your creativity and holiday cheer!
Saturday | 1-2:30 pm | Adventure! Children’s Museum, Valley River Center, Eugene | $20 per wreath | www.adventurechildrensmuseum.org
Christmas in Coburg
Coburg is celebrating Christmas early this weekend. Start your weekend with breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 8-11 am and watch the Coburg Light parade on Sunday at 7 pm. After the parade, enjoy free chili and a bonfire to warm you back up.
Saturday-Sunday | All day | Eugene | Free | www.coburgchamber.com
Carrol’s Country Christmas Tree Farm
Still haven’t picked up and decorated your tree? This is your weekend to do so. Stop by Carroll’s Country Christmas Tree Farm to find the perfect tree, take a spin in their Wagon Train Hay Ride, visit Santa, or ride ponies. Once your hunger kicks in, appease it with a plate from Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ, who is this year’s featured food cart.
Now until Dec. 22 | 11 am-5 pm weekdays, 9:30 am-5 pm weekends | Carroll’s Country Christmas Trees, 26260 Perkins Rd., Veneta | Prices vary depending on tree selection | www.carrollscountrychristmastrees.com
Beergarden Seafood, Grooves, and Holiday Brews
Warm up at the Beergarden Seafood, Grooves, and Holiday Brews Luau starting on Thursday at 7:30. Enjoy food from Bounty Meat and Cheese, Lani Moki Grill, The Zingaro, Moi Poki, and Once Famous Grill while drinking some holiday barrel-aged beers, and listing to live music.
Thursday-Sunday | times vary by day| Beergarden, 777 W 6th Ave., Eugene | Free to attend | www.beergardenme.com
Make We Merry – Eugene Gleeman at Hult Center
This weekend at the Hult Center, Eugene vocal performers will ring in the season with traditional carols, tributes to classics, and sing-along opportunities at Make We Merry. This concert will feature the 100-voice Eugene Concert Choir with special guest Calvin Orlando Smith, a cappella pop group Rezonate, the South Eugene High School Dorians, the Eugene Gleemen, and the Women’s Choral Society.
Sunday | 2:30 pm | Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Silva Concert Hall, Eugene | $28.50-$59 | www.eugeneconcertchoir.org