Nov 29 – Dec 1
Vancouver Holiday Market
Hilton Vancouver, 301 West 6th Street
Fri – 3-8pm; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts • Crafts • Jewelry • Gifts • Treats
Get your holiday on this year at the Vancouver Holiday Market! Full of your favorite Vancouver Farmers Market Vendors and friends, it’s the best place to start your holiday shopping.
Nov 29-Jan 5
ZooLights is back! The Oregon Zoo’s walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.5 million colored lights is open through Jan. 5, with an additional Sensory Night on Jan. 6. Over the past two years, nearly half a million visitors have strolled through the forests of lighted trees, been dazzled by life-size illuminated animal silhouettes and taken a ride on the light-bedecked zoo trains.
See website to purchase online ZooLights train tickets.
Santa Paws – Furry Friends Welcome for Pet Photos with Santa
Photo packages vary in cost.
*Dogs and cats only please.
Pet owners are invited to bring their furry four-legged friends to a special pet photo session with Santa Claus each Wednesday, December 4th through December 18th. Well-mannered, leashed or kenneled pets can visit with Santa in his new “The Polar Express” holiday home located on the Lower Level near H&M while professional photographers capture the memories as Santa and each fur baby enjoy a warm encounter.
Pets must enter the mall through the main entrance near Outback Restaurant and may not leave the H&M court. Santa’s “The Polar Express” encounter will be open for people without pets during these times as well.
Dec 5, 10, 11, 17, 19
Christmas Ships Parade
Columbia River, Vancouver
View the annual Christmas Ships Parade from the new Vancouver Waterfront this December! Take a stroll along the Waterfront Renaissance Trail or make reservations at a waterfront restaurant (WildFin American Grill, Twigs Bistro, Beaches Restaurant, McMenamins on the Columbia, Warehouse ’23, Who Song and Larry’s, or Joe’s Crab Shack).
Depending on what route they are on, the ships should float by the Vancouver Waterfront around 7:30-8 p.m. See website for details.
Screenprinting Holiday Cards
Vancouver Art Space, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr.
Learn basic screen-printing skills to create up to 12 holiday cards using a variety of holiday paper stencils. Cards, envelopes, and various colored inks will be available for you to use.
Christmas at the Park
Esther Short Park, 301 W 8th St.
6pm – 7:30pm
Come celebrate Christmas in Downtown Vancouver at Esther Short Park! It’s the perfect way to bring on that Christmas cheer! There will be photos with Santa, 150 Christmas trees to giveaway, a live band performing Christmas Carols for everyone to sing, a marching band, Christmas characters handing out candy, vendor booths selling Christmas goodies and presents, tents with Christmas cookies to decorate, hot cocoa, food trucks so you can enjoy dinner with your family and so much more!
*Admission is FREE, Santa photos are FREE, hot cocoa is FREE and cookies are all FREE!!
Dec 7, 14, 18, 21, 28
Christmas Tea at Pomeroy Farm
Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt
Enjoy a festive tea luncheon featuring three types of sandwiches, four assorted desserts, scones, and of course, tea! After your relaxing meal, enjoy a tour through the historic log house, decked out for the holidays!
Paint Nite: Christmas Magic II
Heathen Brewing Feral Public House, 1109 Washington St.
Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist at the Original Paint Nite. You’ll go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, you’ll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.
Yaymaker events give you everything you need to get up, get out, and get making! Instruction is provided by an expert host, so no experience is required, and everything you need is supplied. Grab your friends to paint, plant, tinker, and build!
Ridgefield Hometown Holiday Celebration
Overlook Park, 113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield
The day begins with the Ugly Sweater Fun Run from Ridgefield Runners! Visit runridgefield.com to register for the run. Awards are 3 deep in 10 year age divisions, with a special award for the Best Ugly Sweater!
Continue the fun at the Holiday Food & Gift Marketplace at Overlook Park, sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Shop Farmers Market vendors, Holiday gifts and decorations, roasting nuts and more under large canopies with outdoor heaters. Live music from singing groups and bands from Sunset Ridge, View Ridge & Ridgefield High School will fill the tent from 10 to 3.
Starting at 2pm, enjoy holiday and mulled wine from Windy Hills Winery in the Wine Garden. Stay for the Tree Lighting Festival beginning at 4:30pm, and enjoy a performance from DanceFusion NW, community sing-along with Bethel Church, hot chocolate from Trinkets Tearoom and cookies. You can even enjoy the Tree Lighting from the comfort of the Wine Garden!
Visit the Ridgefield Community Library from 9-4 for hot cider, cookies, & crafts as well as a Used Book & Gift Sale sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library. Find live Reindeer at Allstate Insurance on the corner of Pioneer and 5th from 10-1. Participate in holiday-themed games & crafts, cookie decorating and more fun at Tailored Fitness, located above Ridgefield Hardware, from 11-3
And let’s not forget about Santa! Head over to Old Liberty Theater between noon and 3 for a visit with Santa. Bring your own camera and take pictures with Santa for free, sponsored by Ridgefield Mini Storage. Tour the town while transported from each location by the Port of Ridgefield Holiday Trolley Rides from 12-3. Don’t forget to cast your vote in the Holiday Decorating Contest!
End your evening by attending the Acoustic Guitar Summit at Old Liberty Theater. Enjoy a winter inspired soundscape from grammy-winning guitarists Terry Robb, Mark Hanson and Doug Smith at 7:30pm.
Reindeer Block Party in Uptown Village
Main St. between 23rd and 24th Sts.
Main Street will be closed to cars during the event so that visitors can enjoy local craft vendors, free crafts, a free photo op with Santa, live music, and of course…two very famous reindeer, Comet and Vixen!
Dec 6-21 (Recurring weekly on Sun, Thurs, Fri & Sat)
Miracle on 34th Street
Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St.
7:30 pm, and Dec 14 & 21 at 2pm
$20 in advance, $22 at the door
A comedy/drama adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture “Miracle on 34th Street”. Directed by Brenda McGinnis
By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children the experience the joy of childhood fantasy.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Tour
ilani Resort, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield
The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with their 16th Annual Christmas Rocks! The acclaimed show also features music from their four best-selling holiday albums, as well as original Brian Setzer hits. Consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements—an unbeatable combination
guaranteed to rock you into the holiday spirit!
Santa at Marshall House
The Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row
Santa will be at our beautiful Marshall House to receive your wish list and letters. Santa will arrive at 11:00 am to take photos. Sip on hot cocoa or cider while making a holiday crafts.
Christmas at the Fort
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E 5th St.
$7, 15 and under FREE
Experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s holiday season at Fort Vancouver. Visitors will be able to view and participate in activities undertaken by residents at the fort during the holiday season. Enjoy wreath making, holiday beverages, caroling, and more!
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Uptown Vancouver, Main St.
Free to attend, drink prices vary
Join several participating Uptown Village businesses for our annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl! While there is no order for crawlers to follow, Trap Door Brewing is the designated finish line, where crawlers can compete for an “ugliest sweater” award at 9 pm.
Stops include: Vancouver Pizza Co., Cellar 55, Tip Top Too, Underbar, Doomsday Brewing, Shanahan’s, Uptown Barrel Room, Thirsty Sasquatch, Green Leaf Apartments, The Upper Room, Center Stage Clothier, and Everybody’s Music.
Get your Ugly Sweater ready and join in on the fun!
A Radio Christmas Carol
Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St.
$10 advanced, $12 day of show
What is re-imagined radio? Start with a 1936 theatre. Re-enact historic radio dramas complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Garnish with digital SFX, music, and visual backdrops. Overlay student digital interpretations of the base narrative. Invite a live audience to watch, eat popcorn, and participate via social media. The result: Re-Imagined Radio, storytelling as never before heard or seen.
The Nutcracker, presented by Columbia Dance
Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, 3103 Main St.
Friday at 7 pm; Saturday at 2 & 7 pm; Sunday at 1 & 5 pm; Monday at 1 pm
Price: Adult $20, Youth/Senior $15
Now in its 22nd season, Columbia Dance brings its most joyous holiday gift with its wonder-filled production of the “The Nutcracker” to the Royal Durst theatre. A cast of over 90 local dancers present the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a thrilling journey through the Land of Snow into the Kingdom of Sweets. Mischievous mice, toy soldiers and sugarplum fairies dance to stunning choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score.
The Nutcracker, presented by The Friends of DanceWorks
Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St.
Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
$20 adults, $15 seniors 65+, $15 students, $10 children 3-12
The largest dance studio in Vancouver will stage a lavish production of “The Nutcracker” ballet again this holiday season, complete with a return of the aerial silks acrobats that have wowed the audience in years past.
Along with the lovely leaping ballerinas portraying snowflakes and flowers, several dance students will share their athletic expertise wrapped in silk ribbons hanging from above the stage during the show’s Arabian scene, and acrobatics will be sprinkled among several other scenes.
Those features will add sparkle to the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of Snow into the Kingdom of Sweets.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad: Steam Winter Finale
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N Railroad Ave, Yacolt
Train departs at Noon and 2:30
Come visit Santa on the last operating weekend of the year. They will be running the 1941 Diesel locomotive. Along the trip capture views of the Lewis River atop a hill-side vantage point, then return to Moulton Station. At the station, enjoy warm cider and cocoa, hot coffee and cookies. Santa has a gift for each child, bring your camera to capture this moment in time.
Vancouver’s NYE: Roaring Into the 20’s
Warehouse 23, 100 Columbia St. #102
Doors open at 7:30pm, Dinner served at 8
Prices vary (check website for details)
Vancouver’s NYE: Roaring Into the 20s with guest host Kato Kaelin (“Celebrity Big Brother”), music performed by The Nu Wavers and their special guests performers ring in 2020. The Aerial Muse Collective featuring Rebecca Palmer will thrill, chill and electrify you with air defying acrobatics and DJ Ben Jon Win will keep the dance floor groovin’! VIP Photobooth will have a photo memory for you to take home for all guests!
Vancouver’s NYE: Roaring Into the 20s celebrates our sixth year as the city’s premiere event at Warehouse ’23 on the spectacular Vancouver Waterfront. A portion of the evening’s proceeds go to the Pink Lemonade Project.
This is a 21-year-old and over event. Performers and scheduled events subject to change.