By Eugene Magazine

Now that it is December, the holiday season is truly upon us, so if you weren’t in the mood we bet you will be after this week! It’s First Friday Art Walk weekend, with receptions for many exhibits. It’s also a popular time for the cherished traditions of holiday parades and bazaars. Light up your season by taking in fine art, supporting local makers, marching along decorated streets, and gathering with neighbors to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

November 30
Storm Large: Holiday Ordeal
| Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome. She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova” and built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day. Mature content – suggested age 12 and above. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 1
Craig Einhorn
| 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 1
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

December 1
First Friday ArtWalk
| Start your self-guided tour at Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave), where you can pick up your ArtWalk Guide and shop the Artist Marketplace before exploring the many galleries and art venues of Downtown Eugene. Then return to the Farmers Market Pavilion to dance into the weekend with 2023’s Best Local Band, Acoustic Sugar Beets, from 6 – 8pm! The monthly First Friday ArtWalk is from 5:30 – 8pm and is always free. Downtown Eugene, lanearts.org

December 1
World AIDS Day
| HIV Alliance and Eugene PRIDE are collaborating on a full day of events to commemorate this global health day. From 2 – 8pm at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, the public is invited to participate in a community sewing circle to create a new Pride flag after a cutting of the original Gilbert Baker Pride flag was stolen following this year’s Pride festival. No previous sewing experience is needed to participate. Additional World AIDS Day resources and events include free on-site testing, remembrance presentations, and a candlelight walk around the Park Blocks. Farmers Market Pavilion, hivalliance.org events or eugenepride.org/blog

December 1
Adam Grosowsky Reception
| Enjoy a reception for “Snow in Jerusalem” new paintings by Adam Grosowsky at the Karin Clarke Gallery. The First Friday Reception on December 1 is from 5:30 – 7:30pm. The gravity of current world events, as well as painful matters closer to home, inform some of these new paintings. By his own admission, Grosowsky was shocked by the intensity with which the world tragedies presently unfolding have affected him. He was also distressed by heartbreaking developments touching people close to him. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

December 1
Tri-County Holiday Light Parades
| Enjoy a variety of festive lighted floats in the Annual Light Parades in Junction City on December 1, Harrisburg on December 2, and Monroe on December 9! This year’s theme is “A Candyland Christmas.” Enjoy a Christmas celebration each night full of spectacular lights. And don’t miss the chance to meet Santa after the parade! See website for location details in each city. tri-countychamber.com

December 1
Fiber Art by Candace Hunter: A Layered Conversation |
This new exhibit hangs through December 24. Making “Muse-influenced fiber art” is a playful adventure. To quote Candace: “Fiber art, as I practice it, is a layered conversation with my Muse. I use tools and techniques from fine art and textile practices on a layered foundation to create Art Quilts. I invite my Muse to influence the project on many levels. As I work, I take into account the suggestions that arise, and I let go of the results. I don’t always get what I expect, but what I get is always perfect for the piece I’m working on. It’s a playful and adventurous experience.” An opening reception will be held 5:30-7:30pm with live music by David Gregoire on piano and vocals. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

December 1 & 2
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/sundance_wine_cellars 

December 1 – 3
Empty Bowls Bazaar and Silent Auction
| It’s that time of year again for the 27th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. You can shop for handmade one-of-a-kind gifts like pottery, woodworks, textiles, fused glass, paintings and photography while supporting a good cause. There will also be a silent auction which they are collecting handmade ceramic bowls, unique artwork, and other special items for. This family-friendly event is aimed at raising funds for Florence Food Share, a local food pantry that serves those in need. Florence Events Center, eventcenter.org

December 1-3
“To Kill A Mockingbird”
| All rise for Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick is “the most successful American play in Broadway history” which has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas plays the role of Atticus Finch in the National Tour. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

December 2
Saturday Session: Sandy Brown Jensen on Ray Bidegain |
Sandy Brown Jensen, local artist and radio host for Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program, will lead a conversation with artist Ray Bidegain to provide her insights and response to Bidegain’s “A Quiet View,” a selection of recent photogravure prints on display at Don Dexter Gallery through December 29. Includes an open discussion with the audience, light bites, and refreshments. Starts at 1pm. Attendance is always free. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com

December 2
Pet Photos with Santa Paws
| Bring your four-legged friends in their most festive holiday attire for Santa Paws at 5th Street Public Market. Please have pets on leash or in a carrier. Dogs and cats only. Benefits Greenhill Humane Society. 5th Street Public Market, facebook.com/events

December 2
Skyzoo “Mind Of A Saint” Tour
| Welcome Skyzoo for his debut at WildCraft, joined by United Grind Society and special guests UnLearn the World and Eugene’s own Gen M. A prolific Brooklyn hip hop artist, Skyzoo will be on tour this fall performing music off his critically-acclaimed album, “The Mind of a Saint”, produced by The Other Guys. The album is considered one of the best hip hop projects of 2023, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts and #9 on the Billboard R&B and Hip Hop album sales charts. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. All ages are welcome. WildCraft Cider Works, wildcraftciderworks.com

December 2
Springfield Christmas Parade
| The oldest and coldest Christmas parade returns for its 71st year with the theme of “The Grinch That Stole Christmas,” courtesy of the Oregon Riders Society in partnership with other local businesses and sponsors. Come and see floats of all kinds coming together to usher in the holiday season. The Oregon Riders Society’s mission is to bring together a group of people, motorcycle riders and supporters alike, who thrive in riding as a family and sharing their love and values: Respect, Happiness and Loyalty. Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, oregonriderssociety.org

December 2
Oregon Tuba Association’s Tuba Carol Concert
| The 43rd Tuba Carol Concert is coming up! Come and hear carols and other seasonal favorites played by 50 (or so) low brass players with a wonderful, smooth and rich sound. They plan to end in time for you to walk the few blocks to Mohawk Boulevard to watch the Springfield Christmas Parade. Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary School, facebook.com

December 2 & 3
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, https://www.holidaymarket.org/

December 2 & 3
Holiday Bazaar at The Camas Bakery
| It’s that time of year again at the Camas Country Mill Store & Bakery and the folks behind this third-generation farm are holding a holiday bazaar to celebrate. Head out to the Junction City-area bakery to shop from a variety of locally made gifts including beautiful woodworks, textiles, wreaths, pottery, calligraphy art and so much more. The Camas Bakery has goodies made from finely ground grains grown right down the road and plenty of flours, mixes, and more to purchase and start the Christmas baking season. The Camas Bakery, camascountrymill.com

December 3
The Eugene Native American Arts and Crafts Market
| The Eugene Native American Arts and Crafts Market is a gathering of Native American and Indigenous artists and crafters from a diverse representation of Tribal Nations. The market’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive venue for the creativity of Native artisans who create authentic arts and crafts individually or with their families. Show your support and shop for authentic Native American beadwork, jewelry, graphic arts and clothing.⁠ The December 3 market is the last for the year. Farmers Market Pavilion, naacm.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

Through December 11
“Visions and Vessels”
| Don Dexter Gallery hosts Eastern Band Cherokee artist Christy Long ‘Galvloi’ for a limited exhibition of her carved bowls featuring Southeastern indigenous iconography through December 11. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com

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

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 29
“A Quiet View”
| Don Dexter Gallery hosts notable Portland-based photographer and printmaker Ray Bidegain for a solo exhibition of his recent photogravure editions through December 29. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com

Through April 2024
“Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation”
| The University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art presents “Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation,” an exhibition featuring more than 60 exceptional artworks spanning five decades, from 1970 to 2020, that have been drawn together for how they creatively call attention to the impact and history of forced migrations, industrialization, global capitalism, and trauma on humans and the contemporary landscape. This intergenerational exhibition brings some of the most influential contemporary artists together for the first time. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, jsma.uoregon.edu