15 Reasons Why It’s Easy to Believe in the Magic of Christmas in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Christmas activities 2All that’s missing in Lake Oswego is snow to make it feel like the holidays (and who knows, that could come! It has in the past). Take advantage of some of these events to get you in the spirit.

Inspecting Carol. Catch the last week of this spoof on a theatre company’s production of A Christmas Carol gone wrong. Sunday, December 1 and 8 at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, December 4-7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available online and at box office: $32/adult; $30/senior 65 and over; $20/student 25 and under. 368 S. State St., 503.635.3901.

Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart. Help families in Clackamas County in need by picking up an empty stocking at City Hall and return by December 9 filled with basic household items and special gifts. City Hall is also collecting gently used coats, blankets, new toys and food throughout the month. Lake Oswego City Hall. 380 A Avenue. 503.635.0257.

Lakewood in Lights. This annual event features food catered by Babica Hen Cafe, complimentary wine, entertainment, live and silent auctions and festive trees to benefit the rising star program at Lakewood Theatre Company. Other highlights include a raffle drawing for a Scottsdale, Arizona getaway for two. Monday, December 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street. Tickets are $50/person ($35 tax deductible) and can be purchased at the box office, online or by calling 503.635.3901.

Gingerbread House Workshop. Bake and decorate a gingerbread house at Luscher Farm and take some dough home to enjoy later. For ages 6-13. Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $40/Resident; $60/Non-resident. Register through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department, class #4327200.

Holiday Market and Mistletoe Merriment. The aisles will be decked with unique gifts, the music will be merry, and Santa will be on hand for wish listing and photo ops. Friday, December 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special kid activities on Saturday include writing letters to Santa with complimentary childcare available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Special Dad activities include Tesla test drives (and if you want to sit on Santa’s lap afterwards and ask for one, I won’t stop you!) West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. 503.675.3985.

Reindeer Magic Returns! You know what they say…seeing is believing. Bring the kids to see Santa and his reindeer and round out the outing with holiday music, make-n-take activities for the kids, cookies, and hot cocoa and cider. Friday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dennis’ 7 Dees. 1090 McVey. 503.636.4660.

Make a Holiday Wreath or Swag. Deck your halls with greenery. Class is offered at Luscher Farm but you need to register for class #4325713 through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. for ages 16+. Fee: $30/resident; $45/non-resident. 125 Rosemont Rd.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides. Bundle up and enjoy the holiday lights as you ride your sleigh through the First Addition neighborhood. Rides start and finish at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center so you can wait comfortably inside for your turn to climb aboard. Saturday, December 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fee: $3/Ages 18 and over; $2/Ages 17 and under. 505 G Avenue.

Holiday Magic Theatre: “The Peppermint Bear Show ‘Seasoned Greetings.’” Enjoy a special holiday continental breakfast ½ hour before the curtain goes up for this interactive production featuring area high school student performers. Geared for ages 3-12. Saturdays, December 7, 14, and 21 at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Lakewood Center Community Meeting Room at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street. Advance reservations are required by purchasing tickets either online, at the box office or by calling: 503.635.3901.

Bells n’ Brass Concert. Revel in the sounds of Christmas in this concert featuring the Covenant Bell Choir and brass players from the Oregon Symphony. Sunday, December 8 at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Lake Grove Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. 4040 Sunset Drive. 503.636.5656.

Holiday Open House. The Lake Oswego Public Library invites you to celebrate the sounds of the season with Three Pound Note (traditional English folk music at 1:00 p.m.) and Talia and Renee Dugan at 3:00 playing holiday tunes on the clarinet and keyboard. Refreshments served. Wednesday, December 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 706 Fourth Street.

Journey to Bethlehem. Step into the Nativity story as you walk through this live production. Registration required for 40-minute walk-through slots. Friday, December 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lake Bible Church, 4565 Carman Drive. Free. 503.699.9840.

Lakewood Theatre Company Presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Make this part of your holiday tradition as this holiday classic returns again this year beginning Friday, December 13 through December 29. Evening and afternoon performances available. Check the website for the schedule. Tickets are available online and at the box office: $36 Adult; $34 Senior, and $20 for Students 25 and under. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street. 503. 635.3901.

Christmas Ships Parade. Catch a glimpse of up to 60 boats decked out in holiday lights as they make their way from the River Place Marina in Portland to George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. Boats due to pass by Foothills Park around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Warm up by the fire in the park shelter while you wait. 199 Foothills Drive. 503.675.2545.

High School Holiday Choir Concerts. There’s no quicker way to go from “Bah humbug” to “Merry” than by listening to holiday carols…and seeing them sung by local teens makes you feel that much jollier. Catch our local high school choirs performing in their auditoriums this week. Lake Oswego High School on Monday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. 2501 Country Club Rd., 503.534.2313. Lakeridge High School on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. 1235 Overlook Drive. 503.534.2319.

Photo credit: nuttakit at freedigitalphotos.net

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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