By Eugene Magazine

It’s Christmas week! We hope everyone who celebrates has a wonderful time. This week you can see “The Nutcracker,” hear classic Christmas songs, hear some great local jazz, drink some wine, or see jaw-dropping illusions. What will you choose?

December 22
Joe Manis Jazz Duo Live at Thinking Tree Spirits
| Wind down from the week and celebrate the holidays with a good cocktail and some live jazz. Thinking Tree Spirits is welcoming jazz saxophonist Joe Manis and his special guest. Originally from Dexter, Oregpn, recording artist Joe Manis is noted for the strength of his “intense, updated take on the glorious Rollins-‘Trane tradition.” Thinking Tree Spirits will have a new winter cocktail menu, holiday specials, and food from resident food trucks Black Market BBQ (2 – 8 pm), Mother’s House (noon – 7 pm) and Da Nang Vietnamese (noon – 3 pm and 5 – 8 pm). This is a free event and all ages are welcome until 9 pm. This event was originally scheduled for December 23, but is now rescheduled for December 22. Thinking Tree Spirits, thinkingtreespirits.com

December 22-24
Eugene Ballet: “The Nutcracker” with Orchestra Next
| Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” returns with live music by Orchestra Next. Bring the entire family to this classic holiday ballet as we journey with Clara to the Land of the Sweets. Audiences of all ages will enjoy cheering on the Nutcracker Prince as he battles the Mouse King and meets dancers from around the world. Hult Center, eugeneballet.org

December 23
Fifth Street Public Market Holiday Events
| Experience a winter wonderland at the Fifth Street Public Market! Snow shows will be in the Market Core from 6 – 6:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays until December 23rd. Visit the Market Alley every night from 6:45 – 7:15 pm until December 23rd to enjoy the light show. This is a free event open to all ages. The big man himself, Santa Claus, returns to the Market this year in the 5th Street Eateries on the 23rd from 4pm -6:30pm. Fifth Street Public Market, 5thStreetPublicMarket

December 23 and 24
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

December 23
“Home for the Holidays” at Cottage Theatre
| A concert featuring Christmas music — traditional, classical, and jazz — to benefit the Cottage Theatre Youth Scholarship Fund. Performing will be two alums of the theatre’s youth program who are now pursuing music careers in Chicago and will be “Home for the Holidays.” Complimentary hot spiced cider and holiday treats will be served at intermission. Cottage Theatre, cottagetheatre.secure.force.com

December 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 included 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 27 and 28
The Illusionists’ “Magic of the Holidays”
| With non-stop excitement and surprises, “Magic of the Holidays” will leave audiences of all ages with their jaw dropped. Having broken box office records, these illusionists are sure to hold amazing shows for the holidays. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

Through December 31
Holiday FEASTival at Cascades Raptor Center
| Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Celebrate the holidays with Cascades Raptor Center! Participate in the raptor scavenger hunt and discover what the birds like to feast on. Also enter the raffle to win a Gold Adoption of your favorite raptor. The Gold Adoption means you’ll receive multiple fun perks including a personalized adoption certificate, history of your bird, and your name listed on the bird’s aviary and on Cascades Raptor Center’s website. Cascades Raptor Center will be closed on Christmas Day. Cascades Raptor Center, cascadesraptorcenter.org

Through December 31
“Small Treasures” at New Zone Galle
ry | 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 January 14
Adam Grosowsky’s “Gone Midnight”
| Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibit of Adam Grosowsky’s paintings, called “Gone Midnight.” The show reflects the late night hours Grosowsky put into his dramatic large-scale works. Grosowsky’s work is filled with passion and energy, which might explain why he is one of the most-collected artists Eugene has produced. The canvases are large, bold, and grab your attention with their strong dark and light contrast. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

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. mnch.uoregon.edu/visit