by: © 2009 BLAINE COVERT, 
“La Boutique Fantasque,” the Portland Ballet’s cornerstone, kicks off Portland’s vibrant holiday season with its weekend performances on Nov. 27 and 28 at the Newmark Theatre.


Reindeer coming

Santa's animals - three of them, Rudolph, Frosty and Dasher - will be on display in the next couple weeks at Dennis' 7 Dees Garden Centers. They live in Springfield.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. - Saturday, Nov. 28 at Eastside Garden Center, 6025 S.E. Powell, Blvd., Dec. 6 at Cedar Hills Garden Center, 10455 S.W. Butner Rd., Dec. 11 at Lake Oswego Garden Center, 1090 McVey Ave., free

Portland Arts Bazaar

More than 60 vendors of fashion, artwork, bath/body, jewelry, etc., will be part of the Handmade NW holiday extravaganza.

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 710 S.W. Sixth Ave.,, free

Skankage most severe

You'd have to basically be dead or suffering a severe staph infection to not dance, slam, mosh, dive or somersault to ska-punk rockers Less Than Jake.

So if you're still alive and staph-free, you can check them out next Tuesday at the Wonder Ballroom.

Less than Jake with Cage and The Swellers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, The Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St.,, $20 in advance, $23 day of show


Holiday Ale Festival

Some fine grog, including more than 45 winter seasonals, will be tasted and enjoyed in this annual event.

2 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Dec. 3-5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave.,, free, $20 tasting package

OMSI After Dark

It'll be adults, 21 years or older, only at the museum.

6 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-4517, $10 nonmembers


'La Boutique Fantasque'

Portland Ballet and Portland State symphony collaborate in their holiday classic about a couple in an early 1900s toy shop on the French Riviera.

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335, $15-40 adults, $10-$20 children/students, $12-$30 seniors (62-over)

Do Jump!

The dance group presents the Tiger Lilly and Sunny Lu 'Cirque de Chat' holiday show, with trampoline furniture, flying human cat toys and live music.

Noon, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28 through Jan. 3, Echo Theater, 1515 S.E. 37th Ave., 503-231-1232, $20-$32


Tour and taste

The 'Wine Country Thanksgiving' will feature more than 160 Willamette Valley wineries.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29, Willamette Valley wineries,, various prices


Santa at Macy's

The Macy's Holiday Parade will start at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27 in downtown Portland. There will be 25 inflatable floats, marching bands and hundreds of costumed characters. But, more importantly for the kids, Macy's SantaLand opens on the same day and runs through Dec. 24.

SantaLand, Nov. 27-Dec. 24, Macy's, 621 S.W. Fifth Ave., 503-223-0512, free


'Messiah Family Sing-Along'

It's the first event by the Portland Baroque Orchestra, where families can join in on holiday classics.

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., 503-222-6000, $40 family, $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 children

'Singing Christmas Tree'

It's a joyful time as music is made surrounding a huge Christmas tree.

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-557-8733, $12-$75

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