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by: Tribune File Photo, Portland’s 75-foot-tall Christmas tree will be lit Friday, Nov. 26, during a special ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday Ale Fest

The 15th annual event helps rally the holiday spirit with big, bold ales designed to fight off the cold chill. It'll feature dozens of the winter warmers, and more than 18,000 festival-goers attended last year.

2-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 2-4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Pioneer Courthouse Square, holidayale.com, $20, $25 at door (21 and over)

1945 Christmas from Home

Tapestry Theatre Company presents the last of a series of holiday plays, staged as a live radio broadcast, taking audiences back to the 1940s and end of World War II through stories and songs - stories of servicemen and their families reunited, memories of holidays during wartime, sizzling sounds of the '40s and a tribute to renowned radio playwright Norman Corwin. Sam A. Mowry plays Orson Welles reading Corwin's '14 August.' Joel Eichelberger serves as master of ceremonies.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3-12, Portland Community College-Sylvania, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., Dec. 16-19, Lewis and Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road. (also additional shows), 503-245-6919, $22, $19 students

Grotto lights

The 23rd Annual Christmas Festival of Lights fills the Grotto.

5-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 30, The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., 503-254-7371, $8, $4 children (4-12)

Singing Christmas Tree

One of the most enjoyable holiday events returns to the Keller Auditorium.

2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 26-27, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 2-3, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-557-8733, $12-$75

PIR lights

The Jubitz Winter Wonderland will light up the race track for the 18th year.

Opens 5 p.m. each day, Thursday, Nov. 25 through Dec. 26, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., 503-232-3000, various prices include $16 per car

ZooLights

The popular display opens with more than a million colorful lights, and visitors should keep an eye out or Alice, the Cheshire Cat and other characters from 'Alice in Wonderland' as part of a scavenger hunt. New this year is an interactive barnyard display.

5-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Nov. 26-Jan. 2, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, oregonzoo.org, packages are $10.75 adults, $9.25 seniors (65-over), $7.75 children (3-11)

Pittock Mansion

'A Northwest Christmas: The Natural Beauty and Bounty of Oregon' has helped enter in the holiday season.

Through Jan. 2 (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas days), Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive, pittockmansion.org, $9 adults, $8 seniors (65-over), $6 youth (6-18), check website for shuttle service info

MISC.

Cherry Poppin' Daddies

The band is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the music business, and the horn-heavy, genre-bending group is still rockin' it beyond 'Zoot Suit Riot.'

9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St., danteslive.com, $15 advance, $18 at door

'Everyone Who Looks Like You'

Hand2Mouth Theatre returns the production to the Portland stage after touring in New York City, California and Washington. It's a play of awkward confessions and eruptions of song and dance, reconciliations, breakfast in your underwear and an original pulsating score.

7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 2-12 (2 p.m. Dec. 11), Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., hand2mouththeatre.org, $12 advance, $15 at door ($25 Dec. 3)

White Bird

Tap expert Jason Samuels Smith makes his Portland debut, accompanied by a live band and his ensemble A.C.G.I. (Anyone Can Get It) of tap artists Chloe Arnold, Joseph Wiggan, Sarah Reich and Lee Howard in this White Bird event.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 2-4, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 1-800-745-3000, $20

'Mickey's Magic Show'

Tickets are on sale for the Disney Live! event, featuring your favorite Disney characters and professional illusionists in World Class Illusions Combine.

3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $22-$58

Sundance Shorts Program

As a Sundance Project Art House Theatre, Hollywood Theatre presents the program of award-winning shorts from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: 'Birthday,' 'Drunk History,' 'Mr. Okra,' 'My Invisible Friend,' 'My Rabbit Hoppy,' 'Rob and Valentyna in Scotland,' 'Six Dollar Fifty Man,' 'Wisdom Teeth' and 'Young Love.'

Starting Friday, Dec. 3, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org, $7, $5 seniors (65-older) and children (4-12)