10 Holiday Activities We Love in Lake Oswego in November

‘Tis the beginning of the season but also ‘tis Covid so remember that things could change, should conditions change. Be sure to check websites before heading out for any of these activities. ENJOY!

  1. RAIN SPARK GALLERY. This artist’s collective returns this year to a larger space in the former Sur la Table location at the corner of A Avenue and State Street. That means more artists and more artwork for you to choose from! Collections include garden art, cars, jewelry, ceramics and pottery, wall art, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, metal art, paper arts, painting, printing, photographs, and 3D Mixed Media. Enjoy shopping in person or online. Opens November 1 with regular hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. 390 N. State Street, Suite 120.
  2. ELF: THE MUSICAL. The Lakewood Center is bringing this hilarious fish-out-of-water musical to its main stage and is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit pronto! Opens November 5 through December 19. Times: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and some Wednesdays; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $42/Adults; $40/Seniors 65 and over; $25/Students 25 and under. Please note that guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend by showing your vaccination card in physical form or as a photo on your phone. Masks are required while indoors at all times. 368 S. State Street, 503.635.3901.
  3. BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE: A VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION. All are invited to honor the bravery and service of all our U.S. military veterans and First Responders at Lake Oswego’s Veterans Memorial in Foothills Park. Festivities include a flyover from the West Coast Ravens, a Presentation of Colors from the Lake Oswego Police Honor Guard and more. Military vehicles will be on display too. Thursday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. 199 Foothills Road.
  4. ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Looking for that special gift or something unique for yourself? Stop by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s Holiday Marketplace for a unique gift for yourself or someone on your list. Select from fine art, ceramics, jewelry, handmade one-of-a-kind items, and wonderful prints and cards, among many other fine gifts and home goods. Market runs from November 12 through December 24. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite A, in the new city hall building. 503.675.3738.
  5. VIRTUAL WINE TASTING. Professional wine instructor and owner of The Portland Wine Cellar will show participants how to celebrate the season with festive, easy to make low alcohol cocktails. Recommended shopping lists and recipes will be provided and each registration comes with more than 750ml of wine. Sunday, November 14. Register for Class #23274 through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. Fee is $74/Resident; $93/Non-Resident.
  6. ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by stopping by the marketplace in its new location in the new city hall building. This all-media showcase will feature fine art, wood, ceramics, jewelry, handmade gifts, ornaments, cards, textiles, accessories, soaps and candles, along with hand-crafted confections and more. Open November 16 through December 24 on Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite A.
  7. LAKE OSWEGO REUNION FARMERS’ MARKET. By November, most of us will be going through farmers’ market withdrawal, so here’s your cure. Plan on picking up some fresh goodies for your Thanksgiving feast and take in the festive atmosphere with live music, local artisans and horse drawn carriage rides. Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st Street.
  8. HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES. Here’s an opportunity to slow the season down and take in the sights as you enjoy a 20-minute ride through downtown Lake Oswego and the First Addition neighborhood while the Reunion Farmers Market is taking place. Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The limited reserved seating is available on the hour and has already sold out; however, the rest of the seats are first come, first served for rides on the half hour: $9/adults; $6/children. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street.
  9. LAKEWOOD IN CITY LIGHTS. This year’s hybrid event will be held in Lake Oswego’s new venue, Ironlight. Only 250 tickets are available to the in-person event featuring incredible performances, dinner, auctions and a cash raffle to fundraise for the Lakewood Center’s Rising Star and education programs. Ticket sales close November 12. Participants must also register online for the virtual event. November 20, 5:30 p.m. (Pre-show begins at 5:00 p.m.) 525 3rd Street.
  10. 55TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING. Enjoy one of Lake Oswego’s longest standing traditions which includes tree lighting, caroling, performances, treats, and a visit from the big guy decked out in red and white. Friday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m. Begins at Bigelow Plaza on the corner of 5th and A Avenue and proceeds down to Millennium Plaza Park.

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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 kevin.costello@cascadehassonsir.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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