by: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: BILL ALLEY, The Pearson Air Museum plays host this weekend to Santa, who will pose for pictures with the kids in a vintage 1941 Ryan PT-21.


Ho Ho Ho Happy Landings

Bring a camera to snap your child's photo with Santa Claus sitting in the cockpit of a vintage 1941 Ryan PT-21 monoplane.

Enjoy hot chocolate, write a letter for Santa to read on his way back to the North Pole, enjoy hot cocoa, then grab a souvenir ornament and take advantage of the museum's free shuttle service to Christmas at Fort Vancouver.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 9, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver, Wash., 1-360-694-7026,, $6, $5 seniors and active military personnel with ID, $3 kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under; bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive and receive $1 off

Christmas at Fort Vancouver

The historic British fur trading post is all decked out for the holidays. The fort's activities will center on what the Hudson's Bay Co. employees might have been doing in the 1840s to prepare for Christmas and the new year.

Hands-on activities - new this year - include making toys and playing games of the era, as well as seeing the black-powder program demonstrating a traditional duck hunt.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 9, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 East Fifth St., Vancouver, Wash., 1-360-816-6230, $3 per person or $5 per family, free for ages 15 and under

St. Johns Posada

This Mexican Christmas celebration includes a market, mariachi concert and Posada procession followed by a fiesta in the plaza.

La Posada is the re-enactment of Joseph and Mary's journey, portrayed by children - plus a Shetland pony disguised as a donkey - and their search for shelter on the night of Christ's birth.

The procession will include a children's choir from George Middle School and will visit several businesses, which will refuse shelter (but will give them candy). Finally, at an undisclosed location, one business will open its doors and a fiesta will ensue with traditional food, piñatas, hot punch and three wise men.

Noon to 7 p.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 9, downtown St. Johns, 503-916-5671, free

Tuba Christmas

Take a break from your downtown shopping to check out Tuba Christmas, the quirky Christmas tradition that began next to Rockefeller Center's ice rink in New York City in 1974 to honor tuba player and teacher William J. Bell, who was born Dec. 25, 1902, and died in 1971.

As 200 powerful tubas play the festive holiday carols by the tree in the square, spectators are encouraged to belt out the tunes in a singalong.

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. SATURDAY, Dec. 9, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., 503-223-1613,, free

Heathman Holiday Afternoon Tea

Tea lovers of all ages can enjoy the seasonal holiday tradition of sipping afternoon tea or hot cocoa at the Heathman's historic Tea Court.

Adults and children can share teatime with an assortment of finger sandwiches and a grand selection of pastries while taking in the beauty and wonder of the holiday floor-to-ceiling tree.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, Dec. 8-30 (no service Dec. 24-25), the Heathman Restaurant and Bar, 1001 S.W. Broadway, 503-790-7752, $24.95 adults, $10.95 children, reservations required

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