November 22nd – 29th
There are so many things happening this time of the year and it is hard to keep track of them. Here are some top picks for you to choose from. Wether you are looking for something to do with your family, your friends or alone there is something here for you!
Corvallis Turkey Trot 5K, 10K and Little Gobblers 1K Nov. 22, 8am – 11am
Osborn Aquatic Center – 1940 NW Highland Dr. Corvallis
Build a hearty appetite for your Thanksgiving feast by participating in this family friendly event. The 5K & 10K courses are flat and fast jaunts through the beautiful neighborhoods surrounding Osborn Aquatic Center in Northwest Corvallis. Runners, walkers, kids in strollers and dogs on leashes are all welcome. All ages welcome too! This fundraiser is a great way to support the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Family Assistance Fund, which gives low income families and individuals access to programs such as swimming lessons, therapy classes and more. Electronic timing services provided!
Visit www.corvallisturkeytrot.com for registration
Start & Finish Line at Osborn Aquatic Center
Corvallis Annual Christmas Parade – Nov. 24, 7pm – 10pm
So many memories taking my boys to this parade every year. Great family tradition. There will be music, floats, hot chocolate and more! The parade will travel north on Fourth Street from Washington Ave. to Jackson Ave. Corvallis, OR 97330. A celebration of songs and lights will follow the parade at the Benton County Courthouse!
Ballet and Music at the Carousel – November 24th, 11am – 3pm
Historic Carousel and Museum 503 1st Ave. W, Albany
Join us on Saturday, November 24, for Ballet & Music at the Carousel!
11:00 am – Flute Cocktail
12:00 (Noon) – Claribelles
1:00 pm – Windswept Quintet
2:00 pm – Chintimini Brass
PLUS… ballet demonstrations by Willamette Apprentice Ballet Inc. visit and take pictures with costumed dancers. Really fun for kids.
Christmas Storybook Land – Nov. 30th – Dec 14th
Linn County Fair and Expo 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany
Christmas Storybook Land welcomes people of all ages to enjoy its FREE 42nd year presentation! November 30, 2018 to December 14, 2018.
See an enormous indoor Christmas forest wonderland with over 110 scenes of characters from Mother Goose rhymes, children’s fairy tales and family movies, two elaborate model train displays, a Victorian Village and the North Pole with Santa & Mrs. Claus. A canned food donation is gladly accepted or a new toy for the Marine Toys for Tots bin.
Monday – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 7 and 14 – 2:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Christmas in the Garden – Nov. 23rd – Dec. 31st. See website for details
895 W. Main Street, Silverton
Christmas in the Garden is a charming European-inspired event featuring 1 million lights, ice skating, snowless tubing, live music, photos with Santa, fire pits, a large vendor market, and more! Please visit our website for nightly details and activities! Admission gates open at 5:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm each night of the event. All attractions including the lights, snowless tubing, skating rink, Biergarten, and the market close at 9:00 pm.
Children 10 and under are free and do not require an admission ticket. There are no refunds for purchased tickets and the tickets are only valid for 1 entry for the date on the ticket.
PRESALES END AT NOON EACH DAY FOR THAT NIGHT’S EVENT. After 12:00 pm, if the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. We recommend purchasing admission tickets in advance because this event can sell out!
28th Annual Federweisser Festival And Barn Dance – Nov, 23rd – 25th
Springhill Cellars Winery 2920 NW Scenic Dr, Albany
This looks like a great time. I am grabbing my husband and looking forward to a festive time.
Join our family for the 28th annual Federweisser German Fall Festival and Barn Dance! Come try our delicious cider-like still-fermenting Willamette Valley reisling along side our infamous Zwiebelkuchen onion, egg, bacon and swiss cheese pie.
Albany’s own fine meat and sausage producer Pepper Tree Sausage House will also be serving various bavarian style hot dogs and sausages with grilled onions and sourkraut.
The hours are Friday, the 23rd, from 12-5pm. Saturday, the 24th, from 12pm to 11pm, the day of the barn dance. And the 25th from 12-5pm.
Local Rock Band Shatterproof will be performing for Saturday night’s venue and barn dance (Nov. 24th) starting around 6:30-7:00 pm. And of course, as always, this event has no tickets, and is FREE ENTRY.
Zoo Lights – November 23rd – January 5th – see link for hours and details
Oregon Zoo 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland,
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of more than million and a half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light.
In addition to visiting elephants, penguins and other animals, you can ride the popular lighted train and enjoy dinner from a variety of food carts. Little ones may want to ride the carousel, and Santa will be available at the events through December 23 for photos.
ZooLights runs from November 21, 2018 to January 5, 2019, though it will be closed November 22 and December 24-25 for the holidays, and November 27-28 for BrewLights.
Block Friday – November 23rd, 11:30am – 10pm
Block 15 3415 SW Deschutes St, Corvallis,
Skip the crowds on Black Friday and stop by Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room instead for our second annual Block Friday. We’ll be pulling rare bottles out of our cellar for sale to-go, offering a 20% discount on most of our merchandise and other packaged beer, and releasing our first Block Friday blend in 500mL bottles! (Rumor has it that we’ll be updating this event with several other surprises offerings as we lead up to the event. 😉)
For the first time, we’ve blended out a special dark offering from our barrel maturation program for release at Block Friday. Our inaugural Block Friday blend is an imperial oat stout that was matured in Calvados apple brandy barrels.
Santa Arrives Aboard the Carousel Express – Nov. 23rd, 12pm – 1pm
101 Front St NE, Salem
A free event!
*Come early to join the crowd! Open for fun at 10am
*Meet Sweet Pea the Llama – She’ll be ready to ride!
*Enjoy face painting by Brushes & Blessings
*Warm up with some yummy hot cocoa while you wait (while supplies last)
*Shop our Gift Gallery stocked with unique holiday gifts
*Santa will also be available for visits & photos 12:30pm-6pm
Harris Bridge and Valcan Cellars Thanksgiving Weekend! Nov 23rd-25th
Harris Bridge Vineyard 22937 Harris Rd, Philomath
Join Harris Bridge and special guest JP Valot from Valcan Cellars for our last weekend of 2018! The tasting flight will include 4 Valcan Cellars table wines and 4 Harris Bridge sweet vermouth and dessert wines. $20 per person or free for Ivy’s Axe Wine Club members.
Friday Nov. 23th 12pm – 5pm
Saturday Nov. 24th 12pm – 5pm (Music 3-5pm)
Sunday Nov. 25th 12pm – 5pm (Music 1-4pm)
Harris Bridge will be featuring a beautiful new cremant-style limited release vermouth named Place! Ivy’s Axe members are able to walk away with the new Ivy’s Axe exclusive, timber inspired release named Hand Hewn, which leads with an incredible aroma of pine, lilac and vanilla bean.
Pints and Poses – Yoga in the Tap Room – Nov. 24th, 12pm – 1pm
Two Towns Cider House 33930 SE Eastgate Cir, Corvallis
**Free with a recommended donation of $5** 21+
Statistics say that the holidays are the most stressful time of year. We say, who needs that?? Take a little “me time” by grabbing a pint & joining us for a soothing session of Yoga In The Tap Room!
Every Thursday & Saturday join our amazing instructor in a relaxing, hour long yoga lesson in our BRAND NEW studio above the Tap Room. Look out over our beautiful cellar as you sip on cider & find your center after a busy week. Help make this year’s holiday season the most stress free it can be!
**Please provide your own mat**
Thursday @ 5:30 – 6:30PM
Saturday @ 12 – 1PM
Winter Concert Series – Red Gate Vineyard – November 24th, 6pm-9pm
Red Gate Vineyard 8175 Buena Vista Road, Independence
Introducing the 1st Wood Stove Winter Concert Series with The Dead Band.
Dance in the expanded and wood stove warm Fieldhouse with new friends and a new wine.
Hymns and Hops – November 25th, 5pm to 6pm
Conversion Brewing 833 S Main St, Lebanon,
A free gathering for anyone & everyone, with a chance to revisit some classic hymns in a comfortable, laid back environment, inside Conversion Brewing. Join us, every last Sunday of the month! Grab a brew & enjoy the live music!
Salem Convention Tree Lighting – November 25th, 5pm – 7pm
Salem Convention Center 200 Commercial St SE, Salem
Join us at our annual Salem Convention Center Tree Lighting with Santa event.
This is a free event.
Just for Fun Singers will be joining us again.
FREE coffee, cookies and hot cocoa!
Arts & Crafts for all ages.
Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 27th, 5pm – 7pm .
Oregon State Capitol 900 Court St NE, Salem
Come and join us for this year’s Grand Tree Lighting at the Oregon State Capitol. We are celebrating with the theme “Find Your Trail” to honor the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the 50th anniversary of the national trails system, and this year’s National Christmas Tree theme (because the Washington DC tree is coming from the Willamette National Forest and following the reverse Oregon Trail to get back to the nation’s capital!)
We start the night at 5 p.m. with a half hour choir performance from South Salem High School, followed by the tree lighting program at 5:30 p.m. Close to 6 p.m. the tree is lit, followed by free refreshments in the Galleria and free photos with Santa (courtesy of Best Buy.)