10 Holiday Activities We Love in Lake Oswego in December

#LETITGLOW. Lake Oswego community members are invited to showcase their holiday spirit with festive décor at their homes and businesses. Members who share photos of the displays on public social media accounts with the hashtag #LetItGlowLO and tag the City (@cityoflakeoswego on Instagram, @LOOregon on Facebook or @LakeOswegoInfo on Twitter will automatically be entered into a weekly lottery to win a gift certificate to a local business. Photos may also be submitted via email to Events Supervisor, Jamie Inglis at jinglis@lakeoswego.city.  

Holiday Gift Show at Oswego Heritage House. Get your holiday shopping done early and local at this annual event Wednesday, December 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Oswego Heritage Council, 398 10th Street, 503.635.6373. Selections include:

•SmileyHugs, handmade pocket-sized wool felt comfort plushies

•Pewter Products by Crosby and Taylor

•PDX Coasters

•Peggy’s Handmade Chocolates

•Unique Miniatures by Josef Buchel

•Roman Ruby Soaps

•Raw Oregon Honey

•Granny Fi’s Shortbread

•Oswego Heritage Council Gift Shop

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. 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. Marketplace is open NOW through Saturday, December 24. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 380 A Avenue, Suite, A, Lake Oswego, OR. For more information, visit the website at http://www.artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738.

Elf the Musical Jr. is a one-hour condensed, author-approved version of the full-length musical currently showing at the Lakewood Center for the Arts. It was written with the talent of young actors in mind. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Youth. Guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend an in-person indoor performance. Proof of vaccination must be presented by showing your vaccination card in physical form or as a photo on your phone. Saturday, December 11 (sold out) and Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 368 S. State Street. 503.635.3901.

The Peppermint Bear Show: Peppermint Bear and The Toy Elves. This Christmas tradition returns to the Lakewood Center this year sure to delight children and their parents. Tickets are $15/Adults; $12/Students and include a special holiday continental breakfast ½ hour before the show along with visits from some of the young performers and a big man in a red suit! Suitable for ages 3-12. Performances on Saturdays December 11, 12, 18,19, and 20 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

West Linn Holiday Parade. Join our neighbors in their annual holiday tradition that culminates with a visit from Santa at the fire station. Get there early and you can participate in (or just get a good laugh from) the Ugly Sweater Dash that begins at 8:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at 10th and Willamette Falls Drive. Saturday, December 11.

Tinseltown Trolley. It’s Lake Oswego’s version of the Polar Express. Hop aboard and let your imaginations soar as you enjoy carols, story time, treats and a visit from someone special from the North Pole! Departure times are on Friday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12 at 11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Depart from station at 311 N. State Street. Allow about 45 minutes for the roundtrip to Portland and back. Tickets can be purchased online through the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department and SELL OUT FAST! $17/Children 12 and under; $20/Adults. 503.675.2549.

Virtual Evergreen Wreath Design & Wine Class. Create a festive evergreen wreath while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres in the comfort of your home. Participants pick up materials, cheese and charcuterie plate and wine on Sunday before the class. Sunday, December 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee: $125. Offered by Zupan’s Market.

Christmas Ships Trolley Excursions. Tickets to this event are already sold out but I wanted to list it here so you can put it on your list for next year. Guests can see the lighted Christmas ships along the Willamette River from the comfort and warmth of the Willamette Shore Trolley. Trips are scheduled for December 11, 13, 18, 20 and 21st.

Christmas Ships Parade. You don’t need to ride the trolley to catch a glimpse of the combined fleet 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 arrive around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18. Viewing points: Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive, Roehr Park, 350 Oswego Pointe Drive, and George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street.  503.675.2549.

I’d love to be your resource about all things Lake Oswego if you are thinking to buy or sell a home in Lake Oswego. I’ve been a Realtor living in Lake Oswego for over 30 years so let me put my knowledge to work for you. Give me a call at 503.939.9801, email me at costellok@hasson.com and/or check out my website.

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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