By Eugene Magazine

This is the week to send a letter to Santa from Florence, see the classic winter ballet The Nutcracker by Eugene Ballet, see “radio worth watching” with Radio Redux, and more.

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Through December 19

Letters to Santa

Send letters to Santa this holiday season from Old Town Florence. Head to the Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center to find the red North Pole Express Mail Drop Box through December 19. Make sure to include your return address on your letter so that Santa’s elves can send a reply!

Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center

1252 Bay St., Florence

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December 16

Wand w/ Phobia Outfit 

Enjoy Wand’s psychedelic rock with Portland’s Phobia Outfit opening. Wand is a top name in the psych-rock world and put on a high energy performance paired with a psychedelic light show. 

The WOW Hall 

21 W. 8th Ave.

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December 16

Alesong on 5th Tasting Room Celebrates First Anniversary

Celebrate the first anniversary of Alesong on 5th, Alesong’s second location located within the 5th Street Public Market. Everyone will receive club member pricing and a complimentary artisan chocolate with purchase.

Fifth Street Public Market

248 E. 5th Ave.

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December 17 & 18

Snow at Fifth Street Public Market

While snow may be a rare occurrence in Eugene, if it’s holiday season at the Market, snow is guaranteed! Get into the Yuletide spirit weekends throughout December in the Market Core. Snow shows happen each Friday and Saturday from 6 pm – 6:30 pm through December 18.

Fifth Street Public Market

296 E. 5th Ave.

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December 17 – 19

Radio Redux Holiday Special

Have a holly-jolly holiday with Radio Redux’s merry makers, back to make this yuletide happier than ever with a brand new live 1940s radio-style show that revisits favorite hit songs and stories that radio in the 1940s celebrated to shape how Americans now view the holidays — dramatized stories like the Damon Runyon Theater classic “Dancing Dan’s Christmas,” the Duffy’s Tavern comedy “The Gang Does The Christmas Carol,” and the Dragnet spoof “Yulenet,” and songs like “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Up on the Housetop” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” 

Hult Center

1 Eugene Center (7th & Willamette)

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December 17 – 23

Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker

December is not complete without a trip to the Land of the Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, complete with live music from Orchestra Next. 

Hult Center

1 Eugene Center (7th & Willamette)

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December 18 & 19

Holiday Market

Shop with local makers at the Holiday Market. Dates through the rest of the year:

Sat. – Sun., Dec. 18-19

Thurs. – Fri., Dec. 23-24

Hours: 10 am-6 pm (closing at 4 pm on Dec. 24)

Inside at the Lane Events Center

796 W. 13th Ave.

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December 19

Autism Rocks Ugly Sweater Event

Gather with your friends & family in safety (masks and vaccination card required) for an afternoon of dancing, holiday sing-alongs, refreshments, and fun. Wear your most outrageous holiday sweater or decorate your most neglected sweater with their stash of holiday finery. Contest categories include Ugliest, Cutest, and Craziest. Vote online or in-person to choose the winners. DJ music by Frankie Sharp. Holiday note cards by artists with autism for sale along with Autism Rocks t-shirts.

Hilyard Community Center & Online

2580 Hilyard St.

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December 21

Winter Solstice Celebration

The winter solstice signifies the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Throughout the ages, solstice has been marked by different cultures through celebrations of light, feasts and music. Join us at Dorris Ranch for a family-friendly celebration of light with a campfire, storytelling, sweet treats, craft making and a luminary walk. Attendees must register or secure a reservation in advance.

Dorris Ranch

205 Dorris St. Springfield

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December 22 & 23

Oregon Mozart Players: Candlelight Concert 

Conductor Kelly Kuo and Guest Conductor Daniel Cho celebrate Bach with violin soloists Jennifer Estrin and Julia Frantz. Performed at 7:30 pm with no intermission.

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave.

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