The Short List
Lakewood Theatre Company presents an all-new production of Irving Berlin's holiday favorite.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, various 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, through Dec. 18, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, www.lakewood-center.org, $32 adults, $29 seniors
'A Very Merry PDX-MAS'
The Broadway Rose Theatre company presents a hilarious, heartwarming show combining Christmas carols, holiday pop songs and original offbeat material created especially for Portland audiences.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m Sundays and Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, through Dec. 18, Broadway Rose Theatre New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard, 503-620-5262, starting at $28, $20 ages 6-25
'A Christmas Story'
Portland Center Stage's play based on the motion picture features little Ralphie Parker, who's consumed with getting a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle for Christmas.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 24, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $20, adults $39-$64
My Macy's Holiday Parade
The annual Portland parade features about 25 inflatable floats, local and middle high school marching bands and nearly 500 costumed characters and floats - including a three-star helium balloon float, the Marx Brothers Balloon Heads and a new Matryoshka (Russian Nesting Doll) inflatable float. The parade will conclude when Santa dashes in his sleigh past Macy's to his post for Macy's Santaland.
9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, parade starts at Northwest Park Avenue and Davis Street, and lasts about one hour, going east on Northwest Davis to Broadway and along Southwest Alder Street, Southwest Fourth Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street; Santaland at Macy's, Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 621 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Hundreds of folks will gather for the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas tree lighting. This year's event features a holiday sing-a-long with Pink Martini, members of Oregon Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir.
5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., free
'A von Trapp Family Christmas'
The great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp - Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin - are keeping the tradition alive, as they perform the tunes from 'The Sound of Music' with the Oregon Symphony.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $25
Holiday Ale Festival
Beer lovers rejoice in the holiday season, with more than 40 breweries putting together special recipes. Gas heaters keep everything cozy.
2-10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 1-4, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., www.holidayale.com, $25 general admission, $50 VIP
'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
The Portland Ballet, with Artistic Director Nancy Davis, performs the world premiere of John Clifford's work, with original costumes, set, lighting and Felix Mendelssohn's music performed live by the Portland State University Orchestra.
2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 26-27, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.theportlandballet.org, $15-$35
'Suck It, Martha!'
Curious Comedy's Time Out Comedy troupe - four mom comics and one token dad - serve up a platter of laughter about the holidays, perfectionism and feeble attempts to keep up with Martha Stewart.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.curiouscomedy.org, $12 advance, $15 at door
The legendary violinist and conductor works with the Oregon Symphony on a wide variety of music, including Haydn's 'Violin Concerto in C major.'
7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $21-$92