This is the week to get into the holiday spirit! The Holiday Market and other maker fairs continue for local shopping, or paint your own tree scene to give as a gift. Many Christmas theater and classical performances are starting, and there are options to enjoy holiday parades. Also, sip seasonal ciders this week and enjoy the season’s most-loved carols.
Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines. Events are subject to change.
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Free First Friday
Admission is free to local museums on the first Friday of every month. Take advantage of this on Friday and check out some of the great museums Lane County has to offer.
Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Light Parade
Enjoy a variety of lighted floats, cars and animals in the Junction City Annual Light Parade. This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas.” Enjoy a Christmas celebration in the country. Meet with Santa after the parade next to the real, live reindeer. Don’t miss out on the spectacular lights in Harrisburg the following day!
Downtown Junction City | tri-countychamber.com
Springfield Christmas Parade
The oldest and coldest Christmas parade is in its 69th year and will follow the same parade route as in the past, from 21st St and Olympic St, down Mohawk Boulevard to Main Street. Santa Claus has promised to visit, escorting the finish of the parade and ushering in the holiday season. See decorated cars, horses and floats of all kinds. This year, the Springfield Christmas Parade will be honoring people of service and hosting a super hero Christmas!
Downtown Springfield | Mohawk Blvd | facebook.com
Cal Young Community Holiday Market Fair
Artisans from across the region share their unique goods with friends and neighbors. Shoppers may sample home baking, purchase unique gifts, and do a world of good simply by showing up to support local makers.
Wesley United Methodist Church | 1385 Oakway Rd. | eugenecascadescoast.org
Cottage Grove’s Christmas Kickoff
Santa will kick off the evening by lighting the tree, greeting families, and handing out goodies. Several churches will provide soups, drinks, and more in “Santa’s Village” within the park. Don’t miss out on the “Festival of Trees” in which there will be 40 free tree giveaways to event goers. The city of Cottage Grove will offer raffle tickets free of charge for people to walk the “Festival of Trees” and place their raffle tickets in their favorite tree’s raffle box in hopes of winning.
Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce| 836 E Main St. | eugenecascadescoast.org
Snowy Tree Paint and Sip
Paint your own snowy tree masterpiece! Sit, sip, and relax, as you create a work of art and a lasting memory. Ticket includes artist instruction, all painting materials, and a take-home canvas.
Art With Alejandro | 246 E. 5th Ave. Suite #224 | artwithalejandro.com
December 3 – 11
A Christmas Carol
Dickens’ classic continues to remind us of the value in community and the need for festivity despite hardships. The celebrated ghost story of 1843 is adapted for the stage by John Schmo. Presented by University Theatre. Performances on December 3, 4, and 5, and December 10 and 11. Matinee showtime of 2:30 pm on December 5, 7:30 pm showtime on all other dates.
University Theatre | 1109 Old Campus Ln. | tickets.uoregon.edu
December 3 – 19
‘Holiday Inn’ Stage Adaption
Holiday Inn The new Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s heartwarming WWII-era film musical, “Holiday Inn.” This show revived or introduced a host of Berlin classics including “Easter Parade,” “Happy Holiday,” and “White Christmas,” and originally starred Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Performances on December 3, 4, and 5, December 10 and 11, and December 17, 18, and 19. Matinee showtime of 3:00 pm on December 5 and December 19, 7:30 pm showtime on all other dates.
The Shedd Institute | 868 High St. | theshedd.org
December 4 – 5
Shop with local makers at the Holiday Market. Dates through the rest of the year:
Sat. – Sun., Dec. 11-12
Sat. – Sun., Dec. 18-19
Thurs. – Fri., Dec. 23-24
Hours: 10 am-6 pm (closing at 4 pm on Dec. 24)
Lane Events Center | 796 W 13th Ave. | holidaymarket.org
December 6 – 12
Beergarden’s Annual Cidergarden Event
Seven days of cider and seasonal food specials from five food carts and live music for free all week. Each food cart will share their own holiday food favorites and Beergarden will turn at least 20 of their beer taps into cider taps, with themed flights each day and featured cider houses during the week.
Beergarden | 777 W 6th Ave. | beergardenme.com
The Emerald City Jazz Kings Holiday Show: All is Bright
Celebrate another “Shedd Family Christmas”! Join Shirley Andress, Siri Vik, Tracy Tooze, Bob Cross, Dylan Stasack, and Vicki Brabham from the Emerald City Jazz Kings for a festive evening of beautiful music. Enjoy favorite songs like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “O Holy Night,” and “Silent Night.”
The Shedd Institute | 868 High St. | theshedd.org
Other ongoing events
Sheild Bistro Happy Hour
Every Wednesday through Saturday, Sheild Bistro gives you the opportunity to enjoy $2 off tapas and $5 off house wine and taps at their Happy Hour! Stop by for a pre-dinner treat!
Wednesdays through Saturdays | 3 pm | Sheild Bistro, 298 Blair Blvd. | Free admission | sheildcatering.com
Trivia Night at Tap and Growler
Gather your friends and head over to Tap and Growler every Wednesday night to put your trivia skills to the test. Enjoy good food and drink while trying to outsmart the rest to claim the trivia champion title.
Wednesdays | 7 pm | Tap and Growler, 207 E 5th Ave. | tapandgrowler.com