Providence Festival of Trees
Fifty lavishly decorated trees as well as more than 100 miniature trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses will be on display at this twinkling 24th annual show with live entertainment, photos with Santa Claus and a teddy bear hospital.
Proceeds benefit Providence's programs for cancer and heart disease patients, as well as medically fragile children and the Gately Academy, serving middle-school kids with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders and learning disabilities.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. FRIDAY, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 1-2, Oregon Convention Center, Hall A, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-215-5876, www.providence.org/festivaloftrees, $3-$5, free for children under 3
America's Largest Christmas Bazaar
Shop 1,000 booths of unique gifts, including handmade, one-of-a-kind decorations, toys, ornaments, greenery, jewelry and food during the last weekend of America's Largest Christmas Bazaar.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, Dec. 1-3, Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200, www.expochristmasbazaar.com, $3.25-$6.50, free for children under 12
Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre
Lakewood Center for the Arts' Side Door Stage presents Holiday Magic Breakfast Theatre, a seasonal musical for children ages 3 through 12.
Light breakfast is included.
9 a.m. and 11 a.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 9, 16, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, www.lakewood-center.org, $10; reservations required
Celebrate Scandinavian cultural heritage this weekend at ScanFair, offering traditional music, dance performances, food, film, art and merchandise.
Highlights of the event are the pickled herring eating contest at noon Saturday, a dance later that night and the crowning of Lucia, Queen of Light on Sunday.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (festival) and 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (dance) SATURDAY, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, Dec. 2-3, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Center, 1825 S.W. Broadway, 503-244-3697, www.scanheritage.org, $6, $5 seniors and students, $3 children 6-12, free for children under 6
'Alice in Wonderland'
Tears of Joy Theatre serves up the classic tale featuring a live Alice, mixed with puppets and other performers, who searches through her attic and discovers a magical world.
The show is most enjoyed by children ages 3 and up. Saturday's performance will feature puppet-making in the lobby. Sunday's 4 p.m. show is sign language interpreted.
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 11 a.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. SUNDAY, Dec. 1-3, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-0557, www.tojt.com, $16, $12 children
'Disney's Beauty and the Beast'
The Northwest Children's Theater and School brings Disney's classic animated tale to life with human characters. The show, recommended for children ages 4 and older, tells the tale of Belle (Marissa Ryder), a prisoner in the castle of the lonely Beast (Ben Van Diepen), and the lesson she learns in looking beyond the outward appearance to find the good within.
7 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, Dec. 1-31, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-222-4480, www.nwcts.org, $22, $18 youth (14 and under)
'The Most Wonderful Gift'
The Middle Eastern tale 'The Most Wonderful Gift' spins the story of a powerful sultan seeking a husband for his daughter. The prince must win the princess's heart by presenting her with the most wonderful gift in the world.
During the course of the play, the princess comes to realize what is truly the most wonderful gift. As with all Brooklyn Bay plays, children are invited to interact with the costumed performers at the conclusion of the show.
The show is most enjoyed by children ages 2 through 9.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. SATURDAY, through Dec. 30 (no Dec. 23 show), the Brooklyn Bay Theatre, 1825 S.E. Franklin St., Bay K (call for directions), 503-772-4005,www.brooklynbay.org, $6, $20 maximum family rate, reservations recommended