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Publisher / Advertising Director Michelle Snell Editorial Beth Friesenhahn Kelley Schaefer-Levi Account Manager Laurel Ackerman Client Services Coordinator / Client Ad Design Karel Chan Advertising Inquiries: 503-282-2711, ext. 1 ON THE COVER and above: Illustrations courtesy of Nikki McClure. Visual artist Nikki McClure’s original papercuts are made from a single sheet of paper and transformed into greeting cards, calendars and illustrations for children’s books. She lives in Olympia, Washington with her family. To learn more visit, CorrectionS: We incorrectly listed Bella Stella’s url in the November issue. It’s We neglected to add WACAP to our Adoption Resource Guide. You can find them at

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INSIDE: 8 Oh Tannenbaum!: U-cut Christmas Trees 14 Making Tradition: Favorite Holiday Outings


16 T he Man Behind the Red Suit: Meet Portland’s Real Santa


18 Holiday Giving Guide 22 Best Holiday Reads 2012

profile events craft

10 W  indow Gazing, Mamahood and the Art of Revolution

24 Calendar of Performances, Lights and Holiday Fun

30 Dot to Dot Tin Can Candle Holder The Oregon Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

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Found Around Town: Ten Finds under $20 Willamette River Holiday Outing: The Cinnamon Bear Cruise


Traditional Gingerbread Recipe Chanukah Happenings


listings A Walk on the Wild Side...............................25 Amanda Arp..................................................23 Barre3..............................................................2 Bella Stella....................................................17 Bennett Suzuki Violin Studio........................23 Billings Dance Center......................................9 Black Wagon.................................................31 Boys and Girls Aid................................12 & 13 Buckley Law..................................................27 Cedarwood School..........................................7 Child’s Play Toys............................................15 Doernbecher Cards for Kids............................9 French American International School.........17 German American School.............................31 Harmony Road Music Center........................27 Hi 5 Dental....................................................21 Imago Theatre...............................................17 Justus Orthodontics......................................27 Little Fruit Farm Montessori..........................31 Mad Science..................................................23 Mimosa Studios............................................15 My Masterpiece Art Studio...........................30 N Clackamas Aquatic Park............................23 OHSU Adoption Health.................................27 Oregon Ballet Theatre.....................................9 Oregon Episcopal School..............................25 Oregon Gymnastics Academy......................25 Park Family Dentistry....................................23 Portland Language Arts...............................27 Portland Spirit.................................................7 Portland Trampolines......................................3 Reversed Lens Photography...........................2 Santa House on the Bricks............................32 Spielwerk Toys...............................................17 The Grotto.....................................................21 The Kids’ Backyard Store.................................3 Thinker Toys...................................................21 Westside Montessori International..............31 World of Smiles.............................................27 Zenana Spa...................................................15

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For months now, our kiddos have been counting down the days to the winter holidays and we’ve secretly (shhhh) been counting them down, too. Somewhere along the line we turned a corner from actually dreading the fast paced whirlwind of the season to looking forward to donning our ironic puffy paint reindeer sweaters with cheer. The tradition of decorating and preparing our homes with magical light, the warmth of baking and the sweet smiles and chocolate mustaches that it produces are absolutely some of our favorite memories. This month we’re featuring all things holiday with some suggestions of where to spend the month of December with your families. We’ve included a piece on u-cut Christmas tree farms and a list of some of our favorite outings during this time of year. Also, don’t miss our interview with beloved Northwest visual artist, Nikki McClure. If you’re not familiar with her work, do check it out. She’s one of our favorites, and we’re so pleased to have been able to interview her for this issue; a gift for us! And if you’re looking to visit Santa this year, meet Portland’s real Santa right here in NW Kids. Seasons Greetings and a big thank you to you, our readers, from all of us at NW Kids magazine. We encourage you to celebrate the magic of the season with family and friends by enjoying every minute; at home and venturing out to take advantage of all that Portland has to offer during the holidays. If you have suggestions of places to go or traditions you’d like to share, please do on our facebook page, facebook. And be sure to check in for holiday giveaways. We’ll be back in 2013 with the great resources you expect, editorial and more. Happy Holidays, — Kelley and Beth

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Oh Tannenbaum!

U-Cut Christmas Trees by Jana Wingate Photo courtesy of Beaverton Holiday U-Cut Tree Farm

The rain is upon us, a nip is in the air, and our bellies are stuffed with turkey, it’s now time for the task of looking for that perfect Christmas tree to decorate our living rooms. We are very fortunate to have so many local options to pick out beautiful and freshly cut trees; we could go to our local grocery or hardware store, to a tree lot supporting a variety of local farms or a favorite youth organization, or for a truly unique experience, a u-cut tree farm. I have highlighted below four local family u-cut farms for your family to explore and to make a new holiday tradition this year.

Thortons’ Treeland Why not head north over the bridge to Vancouver to a family farm that has been around for at least 30 years? After you have picked out your one of a kind Fir using the saws provided, visit the barn for complimentary coffee or hot chocolate and then hop on the free hay ride through the trees. Thortons’ Treeland opens November 23rd. Trees range from $22 up to $45.

Harrison Road Farm Now head west to the town of Banks, where you can visit the Daly’s family-owned farm located on a part of Washington County history. Saws and tie-down twine are provided for you, and they are always willing to lend a hand stating that, “cutting and carrying a tree is a two-person job”. Complimentary cocoa and candy canes are their way of saying thank you to their customers, and even dogs are welcome on the farm. The Harrison Road Farm opens weekends after Thanksgiving, tree prices range from $15 up to $40.

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since the 1980s. Cut down your holiday tree with saws provided, or they can do it for you. Then warm up with a hot beverage and cookie by the fire. Kids can use their creative side to decorate a craft project to take home to decorate their tree with, and finally jump on the hay ride out to the fields. Snowline Tree Farm opens daily the day after Thanksgiving until December 22nd. Prices range from $10 up to $80 and above.

Beaverton Holiday U-Cut Tree Farm Now we’ll stay just about in town in Beaverton and visit a family farm owned by the Bunker family since the late 70s. They are a pesticide-free farm, adding that with every tree cut, a new one is planted. They also boast a level and easy to access field allowing everyone to join in the fun. Saws are provided, along with complimentary hot apple cider. All trees are priced at $30 each. They are open weekends the day after Thanksgiving. Jana is the Mother of 4 year old Rowyn, and lives with her Husband and Daughter in North Portland. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BA Degree in Journalism.

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Window Gazing, Mamahood and the Art of Revolution:

An Interview with Nikki Mcclure Self-taught visual artist Nikki McClure’s work has long been known in the Northwest. She has been creating her intricately beautiful papercuts since 1996 surrounding the themes central to her life—activism, nature and motherhood. We can’t remember when we first discovered her work, but her prints, cards, calendars and children’s books have been part of milestones in our own lives marking important transitions into family life, seasonal celebrations and a growing appreciation for community. McClure’s imagery doesn’t merely depict the simple things in life, but the beauty that can be found within them, and her voice resonates throughout our day to day as a gentle reminder of the virtues of purpose and hard work we value. We recently had the opportunity to speak to her and learn more about how she defines life and work, and what inspires her.—BF and KSL How do you balance family life and work life? How does one inform the other?

What is your creative process and how does each piece begin?

Ideally, they are the same; family, work and life, but sometimes I have to do things when I’d rather be home in the tub or reading to my son, or crashing through the woods. I try to minimize the things that take me away from the tub, my son, and the woods. Sometimes I put more creative energy into making dinner than “art”, so I let that be my creative act for the day. But otherwise, when my son was young, my partner, Jay T. watched him during the morning. They went for long walks or worked in the woodshop. Then we would have lunch and I would take over while Jay T. went to work in the woodshop some more. Afternoons would be home time—napping, reading, cooking, playing; it’s not much time to work but you get efficient. I do more now in three hours than I did before I had a child. Now there is school so that defines the time for work and free time. But those distinctions always seemed false to me. I am constantly gazing out windows during both work/non work times, but gazing out windows is really my WORK. I’ll make a great old lady. I just need a window, some slippers, and a bath tub.

Gazing out windows but sweeping works, too. Body memory is recalled. Pictures trigger it sometimes. I sketch a tiny 1” x 1” drawing. Then make a drawing at the size that it will be, transfer that black paper, and start cutting with an x-acto knife. Sometimes the sketch is still loose and I don’t decide what will appear until that moment.

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profile How does activism play a role in your work? As my audience grows larger, the need to project my voice louder seems necessary. Yet it is a balance between imminent danger and yelling “STOP!” in every kitchen across the land. And these are peaceful happy kitchens full of people who grow food and reuse bags. So how do I proceed? I have embarked on my own WPA [Works Progress Administration] poster project; putting posters up in classrooms, libraries, doctor offices, places of healing, prisons, community centers, cubicles. The more who gaze and ponder and talk about it, maybe some will ACT. Has being a mother changed the way you make or see art? It has definitely changed the way I make it. Time is scheduled more. No more late nights! (except reading and wondering when I get to go to sleep...). Subject matter is evolved as my work is autobiographically inspired. Has it changed the way I see it? Maybe I am less patient with color explorations. What makes you laugh? What inspires you? The laughter of my son and Jay T. You can hear them across the room (a crowded people-filled room); even across a field. Chipmunks. I’m inspired by moss, the black branches of maple trees against the golden leaves (right now!), rain drops making rivers, Pacific Ocean, mushrooms, chocolate.

my latest book (my first papercuts and book which originally appeared in 1996) and there will also be some work from my upcoming book, How to be a Cat (to be published in April 2013) where a kitten tries to be good. A sprinkling of all that I have been cutting this past year. If people are only familiar with my printed work, they should really go see the originals. They are something different, delicate sculptures that have strength in connections. The black paper is richer than any ink. What is your all-time favorite children’s book? Blueberries for Sal and Wind in the Willows (picture book and chapter book), but I could list more obscure ones that more people should read!! the Magic Pudding, The Moomin Family series, Swallows and Amazons are some. My picture book list is too longask me next time you see me. I love book recommendations, making and receiving. You can see Nikki McClure’s original papercuts and 2013 calendar originals at Land Gallery through December 6th. If you missed that opportunity, you can meet her at the Land Gallery booth signing at Crafty Wonderland’s Super Colossal Holiday Sale on December 9th from Noon-2:00 pm. For more information visit,

What do you and your family like to do for fun? Be outside in the rain and then swim in the Sound, swim all summer at every high tide, read at dinner and then all night, make swords and daggers and other weaponry in the woodshop, make useful things, solve problems, knit, invent new soups, crawl through the woods hunting for chanterelles. Can you tell us about your upcoming show in Portland? It features some of the 2013 calendar originals. I will also have pieces from APPLE,

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Making Tradition:

Favorite Holiday Outings There is no shortage of opportunities for celebrating the season in and around Portland during the month of December. You can see lights, ride trains and take in a holiday performance or two to make for some special memories ahead. Here are a few of our favorites including Posado Milagro, a Latin American celebration at the Miracle Theatre Group and the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count along with a chance to eat breakfast with Santa. Don’t miss out! Nutcracker A holiday classic. This renowned holiday tale comes alive with toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and, of course, the sugarplum fairy.

Make this year special by heading out to Breakfast With Santa. Various locations; reservations required. Don’t dilly-dally; tickets will go quickly (see p. 26 for more details).

Zoo Zoo at Imago Theatre Imago brings to life the antics of our everyday household cat in a not so everyday way. Watch as these critters join the hillarious entourage of frogs, penguins and hippos.

All Aboard! Santa Trains There’s nothing quite like putting on your jammies and heading out for a magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. If you can’t make this year’s Mount Hood Railroad’s Polar Express, don’t fret; you can ride the ORHF’s Holiday Express steam-powered train with Santa right in town.,

Posada Milagro Miracle Theater Group This community celebration filled with Latin American traditions is chocked full of fun; live music, dance presentations, arts and crafts workshops, bilingual storytelling, pinata breaking and of course, traditional pan dulce (sweet bread) and tamales! Hannukkah: The Power of Light Introduce children to the traditions and history of Hanukkah. An engaging and interactive performance for the whole family., Breakfast With Santa It’s such a treat to eat with jolly St. Nick. 14 | NW Kids Magazine

Bright Lights The season just wouldn’t be complete with out dazzling our eyeballs with millions of lights. Enjoy the Christmas Ship Fleet; roughly 60 boats ranging in size from 14 to 65 feet long will decked out in their holiday attire at various locations along the Willamette. Or check out the 500,000 plus lights at the Grotto’s Festival of Lights. If you prefer to take in the sights from the warmth of your car (no judging here) head out to the Jubitz Winter Wonderland or take a spin through Peacock Lane.,,,

holiday Christmas Bird Count Binoculars; check. Lover of birdies; check. Join the Audubon Society of Portland for the 87th annual Christmas Bird Count. Pittock Mansion If you need to boost your holiday spirit, come visit Pittock Mansion as it’s transformed into a winter wonderland with dazzling lights, live christmas caroling and 15 festive trees.

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The Man Behind The Red Suit:

Meet Portland’s Real Santa Portland’s favorite Santa Claus is coming to town and will be staying in his new location, Santa’s House on the Bricks in downtown Portland for the second year in a row. We were lucky enough to have a brief conversation with the man himself where he spoke enthusiastically about the 25 year tradition and what’s to come this holiday season. How many years have you been visiting Portland? I have been visiting Portland for as long as I can remember and have had the opportunity to meet children in a few different places in the area. This year I will be setting up house on the bricks in Portland’s living room, Pioneer Square. Does it take you a long time to get here from the North Pole? Oh, not too terribly long, and I have the comfort of my sleigh to keep me warm when I travel. I am so lucky to be able to get the chance to have a cozy house while I’m in Portland and am glad that so many children can visit me while I’m here. This year families can wait inside and stay warm and dry while

they wait to see me and they can reserve a time in advance, so they don’t have to wait too long. We’ll also have chestnuts on the fire, hot drinks and candy canes on hand. It will be a wonderful time. What do you like about being Santa? There are so many things I like about being Santa. Meeting children every year for so many years, and hearing what they would like for Christmas is very rewarding. I love to hear about their hopes and dreams, and the kinds of things they wish for. Not only do I get to learn about some of the new toys children are interested in, I also get to hear some very touching stories. Some of the children wish for better lives for their families and for peace on earth. They have a lot of hope I find that very inspiring. My job is incredibly special and I’m glad I get to do it. Santa will be set up next to the Christmas tree in Pioneer Square starting November 25th. Head on down for a visit and pictures with Santa, and schedule your time ahead with Santa’s new Queless system for making appointments. Families will be contacted via text to remind them of their time and if they’re running late can push back their time a bit. For current information call Santa’s hotline, 503.208.HoHo.

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Gift Certificate from Oregon Gymnastics Academy Do you know a young gymnast? OGA offers gift certificates that make it easy to give the gift of gymnastics. Programs and classes include classes for children as young as 12 months on up that teach and enhance the social, cognitive, and physical development of each child. Classes also available for children with special needs.

cozy Sleeping Bags and swaddle blankets by Anais + Anais Cozy sleeping bags and blankets made from layers of lightweight cotton muslin. Stylish prints and effortless design of the bags comfortably keeps baby safe and warm during cold wintry nights and eliminates the need for multiple blankets. Swaddlers are easy to wrap and keep infants happy. Perfect for newbies and toddlers., $15-$50 18 | NW Kids Magazine

my Wonderful Christmas Tree by Dahlov Ipcar A keepsake Christmas book about the magic and beauty of the season. Based on a poem written by painter Ipcar about a tree seen outside her window with a brilliant, shining light. Beautiful and vibrant illustrations of forest creatures in the snow. Perfect for children of all ages. Kids at Heart, $17 cha Cha Chanukah Letterpress Card by Waterknot Design Chimmy Chanuka! Locally printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Comes with an 80% post-consumer recycled kraft envelope and is packaged in a plant-based compostable clear sleeve. Interior of card is blank leaving plenty of room to pen your own personal message., $5








how to Speak Wookiee by Wu Kee Smith and Chronicle Books Translating the roars, growls and grumps of the wookie language has never been so easy. This helpful guide demonstrates proper pronunciation of ten phrases common in the Wookiee language. Includes a handy sound module recorded by Chewbacca himself. Black Wagon Toys, $17


Prepare 2013 wall Calendar by Nikki Mcclure Gift yourself. If Nikki Mcclure’s annual calendar has become a staple in your home, 2013’s calendar is here! Each month’s image is an original of a hand cut single piece of page. Calendar calls to action include “Make Plans, Support, Vow, Perfect, Forget, Comprehend, Delight, Prepare, Barter, Abandon, Age, and Start Over”., $16


portland T-shirt by Maptote An excellent gift for any Portland kiddo or for those kids who love to visit our

fair city. Represents some of Stumptown’s favorites like the Made in Oregon sign, the Willamette river, Forest Park and more. Locally at, $24


talking Tubes by Alex Long distance calling made fun. Kids will love talking to each other from room to room, indoors or out and hearing how sound travels. Perfect for kids 3 and up. Child’s Play, $25


handmade Building Blocks by Howell’s Locally made, classic building block sets made from reclaimed ash wood. Perfect for hours of building and open ended play. Blocks come in various set sizes and are completely natural. No paint, no stain, no varnish; no problem. Great for all ages., $15 on up

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tobbles Neo By Fat Brain Toys Multiple award-winning stacking, spinning, balancing, wobbling, tilting and toppling toy. Designsavvy, yet developmentally on-target. Ages 6-24 months. Thinker Toys, $27


retro Balloon Modeling Kit by Ridley’s Check out this balloon modeling kit. Includes 32 modeling balloons, easy instructions for kids 8 years and up, a hand pump and stickers for creating balloon critters of all kinds. Packaged in 60s inspired colorful packaging. Perfect for the kid who has everything and loves to work with their hands. Spielwerk Toys, $13

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rock and Ride rocking horse by Hape Keep ‘em rocking and galloping on this modern version of an old standby. Constructed from wood and water based paint. Perfect for ages 10 months and up. Boosts coordination, encourages gross motor skill development and physical strength., $80


santa is coming to Portland by Steve Smallmen A great Christmas story about Santa’s journey to Portland. Perfect for local kiddos with questions about Santa and a great annual read for families. Coffee Kids, $10

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Holiday Reads 2012 Reviews by Elizabeth Pusack of Green Bean Books The Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton ($14.99) If you loved legendary Sandra Boynton’s unforgettably goofy barnyard books, The Belly Button Book, or Hippos Go Berserk you’ll love the boom-biddy boom-biddyboom-boom-boom of her elephant, chicken, pig, hippo, cat, reindeer, rhino, cow, mouse, duck-filled Christmas parade. Each creature plays a different instrument. You got oreocookie cows on sax and a bitty-bird playing the loudest tuba you ever heard. A joyfully cacophonous romp through the twinkling streets on Christmas Eve. Santa from Cincinnati by Judy Barrett (HC $16.99) Families will love this loopy portrait of Santa as a young man . . . from The Queen City. While little Santa is as roly-poly as every toddler, NOT every baby loves his troupe of stuffed reindeer as much as baby Santa, none gurgle “HO HO HO” as their first words, and none become quite as fanatical about toy engineering as this future Yuletide celebrity! By the end of the story this little boy from Cincy has grown into the jolly big-bellied philanthropist we all know and love.

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko ($16.99) Sadie’s holiday season is a mish-mash of two different family traditions. Santa nibbles Papa’s latkes instead of gingerbread and Mama sprinkles golden Hanukkah gelt under the Christmas tree. Sadie sings both silent nights and dreidels, stories are told both of nights represented by the menorah candles and of the kings and creatures visiting the manger. And best of all Sadie gets presents for 8 days plus 1. The book concludes with a recipe for scrumptious cranberry kugel stuffing. Lovely illustrations collaged just like Sadie’s wintertime customs. Best Christmas Book Ever by Richard Scarry (HC $12.95) Busytown is getting ready for Christmas. The firemen are stringing lights on the buildings. The stores are crowded with shoppers. Everyone is busy. Look! Hilda, the kitties, and Lowly Worm take a sleigh-ride over to Farmer Pig’s in search of a Christmas tree. Grouchy Mr. Gronkle learns a little Christmas spirit after taking a spill on the skate pond. Mr. Fixit gets his tow truck stuck in a snowdrift. Busy, bustling, festive and fun, this snowy Scarry book is as lovely as the rest, and comes with a “Visit to Grandma’s House” game and songs to sing.

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Performances Dec 1-2

Singing Christmas Tree

Let the spectacular sights and sounds of Christmas fill your hearts as you join a 300 voice choir, live orchestra, and special guests! $17-77, Sat 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm, Sun 1:30pm.

Dec 7-9

Oregon Symphony – Gospel Christmas

The Northwest Community Gospel Choir joins the Oregon Symphony for a thrilling performance, now in its 14th year. $25-$96, Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 4pm.

Dec 8-9, 14-24, 26-31

Northwest Childrens Theater – Peter Pan

A NWCT world premiere! The story of the boy who never grows up comes to life onstage, with all of your favorite fantastical characters. $18-$22, times vary.

Dec 8-9, 14-16, 19-23 Oregon Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker

A beloved holiday tradition for the entire family! Featuring the full OBT orchestra for six performances. $28-$145, times vary.

Dec 7-9, 14-16, 21-23

Dec 16-18

An original production featuring a delicate balance of dance and acrobatics and exploring themes of change, optimism, and hope. Appropriate for all ages. $15-$22, Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 1pm & 4:30pm.

A magical puppetry adaptation of Margery Williams’ timeless tale. $17-$21. Fri 7:30pm, Sat 11am, 1pm, & 7:30pm, Sun 1 & 3pm.

Do Jump! – Seeds of Hope

Dec 7-9, 14-16, 18-24, 26-31 Imago Theatre – ZooZoo

Last year, “Cats!” joined the ZooZoo critters for unforgettable fun; don’t miss its encore and final performances this holiday season. $16-$31, times vary.

Dec 8-9

Oregon Children’s Theatre – Pinkalicious: The Musical

Back by popular demand! A family favorite about a girl who turns pink from eating too many pink cupcakes. $18-30, 2pm & 5pm.

Tears of Joy Theatre – The Velveteen Rabbit

Dec 15, 21-13

Northwest Dance Theatre – A Nutcracker Tea

Bring the family to this abridged version of the classic holiday ballet and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Ages 4 & up. $12-$28, 2pm & 7pm.

Dec 23

Oregon Symphony – Comfort and Joy

A joyous collaboration between the Oregon Symphony and Pacific Youth Choir $10-$43, 4pm.

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Dec 26

Portland Youth Philharmonic – Concert-at-Christmas

A lush, magical night of classical music for the holiday season, performed by young Portland musicians! $17-50, 7:30pm.

Quality, whimsical, beautifully handcrafted goods for sale in an upscale and elegant setting, the Leftbank Annex. 11am-5pm.

Breakfast Holiday Shopping with Santa

Dec 2 & 9

The Crafty Underdog – Holiday Shows

Head to the Mission Theater in NW for live music, locally crafted goodies, and Santa! Check website for times.

Dec 8-9

Crafty Wonderland – Super Colossal Holiday Sale

Portland’s favorite local craft shop’s annual winter extravaganza. Come early either day and receive a free goodie bag! 11am-6pm.

Dec 14-16

Tinselbox Holiday Pop-up Shop

Over 20 Portland artists and makers will sell jewelry, textiles, glassware, artwork, and more. 11am-8pm.

Dec 17-24

Portland Saturday Market – Festival of the Last Minute

Put off your holiday shopping again? Head down to the Downtown Waterfront where Portland Saturday Market vendors sell their wares every day until Christmas Eve. 11am-6pm.

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Weekends in Dec McMenamins

An annual holiday breakfast tradition for many Portland families! At various McMenamins locations. This popular event sells out very quickly, so make your reservation now! Times vary.

Dec 8

Kiwanis SW Hills

Delicious pancakes and sausage, fresh juice and coffee, and of course, old St. Nick. Come out to the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village and support the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities. $4-6, photos with Santa $5, 8-11am.

Dec 12

Billings Dance and Performing Arts Center

An annual event with dance performances, a breakfast buffet, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Kids in the Arts. $30/seat, 9am & 12pm.

Dec 15, 20, 22 Salem Carousel

A breakfast buffet complete with Christmas cookies, ride the carousel with Santa and receive a complimentary photo of your kiddo’s visit with him. $20/person, reservation required. 8-9:30am.

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Holiday Events All Dec

Pittock Mansion – Celebrating Christmas Carols

The mansion is transformed into a holiday wonderland with themes from favorite carols. Closed Christmas Day, $6.50-9.50, kids 0-5 free, 11am-4pm.

All Dec

Alberta Main Street – Tannenbaum Madness

All December, check out the whimsical artistry of the Alberta Arts District businesses and shop local. Many stores will be open later on Fridays throughout the month!

Dec 1-2, 7-9, 14-6

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation – 8th Annual Holiday Express

Dec 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 27-28 Mount Hood Railroad – All Aboard! The Polar Express

A holiday favorite comes to life. Take a journey to the North Pole, meet Santa, sip hot cocoa – all in your pajamas! $18-46, departure times vary.

Dec 2, 8-9, 15-24, 26-27 Portland Spirit – Cinnamon Bear Cruise

A 2-hour cruise just for kids! Holiday treats, stories, magical fanfare, and, of course, the Cinnamon Bear himself. $22-$30, kids 0-1 free. Group rates available. Times vary.

Dec 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Alpenrose Dairy – Christmas in Dairyville

Ride a real steam locomotive through the beautiful Pacific Northwest greenery and meet Santa. $8.50-17, trains depart every hour, Fri 2-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm.

Spend an afternoon in Dairyville, decked out for the holidays! Check out the animals in Storybook Lane, take in a movie in the Opera House, have a professional picture taken with Santa. Free, Fri 3-6pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm.

Dec 1-2, 8-9

Dec 8

Portland Children’s Museum – A Visit with Santa

Decorate ornaments and engage in other arts, crafts, and play, and schmooze with Santa. Bring your own camera! $8-9, 5:30-8pm.

Dec 1-24

Santa at Cedar Hills Crossing

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Cedarwood School – 10th Annual Magical Winter Faire

The school is transformed into a winter wonderland, with a cookie cave and crafts for kids, family game room, and over 30 local artisans in the marketplace. Lunch, warm beverages, and baked goods, too! 10am-4pm.

Dec 8

Christmas at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum

Maximize your holiday fun in one day! Visit

calendar Fort Vancouver for traditional celebrations of the season, then head to the Pearson Air Museum to have pictures taken with Santa in a vintage airplane and sip hot cocoa. 10am-5pm.,

Dec 9

Chabad Oregon – Chanukah Wonderland

Chanukah crafts, goodies, shopping, and entertainment for the whole family! 1:304:30pm.

Dec 9

Mittleman Jewish Community Center – Hanukah and the Power of Light

A dynamic performance of the classic tale that celebrates the power of light in darkness. Ages 5 and up, $5-18, 4-5:30pm.

Dec 9

Chabad Jewish Center – Community Chanukah Celebration

Visit the Grand Menorah Lighting in Esther Short Park, then head to the Hilton Vancouver for activites like lego menorahs, donut decorating, and more, plus live music! 4:30-6pm.

Dec 14-24

Santa House on the Bricks

Visit Santa in his 20-foot “Santa House” in the Square downtown, right next to the Christmas Tree. Photo prices vary, 9am-9pm, 9am-5pm on Dec 24.

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Green Bean Books – Holiday Story Time & Elf Craft Celebrate winter the Elfin way with stories, songs & crafts. 1-2pm, free.

Lights All Dec

20th Annual Winter Wonderland

The largest light show in the west will not disappoint, with colorful lights and animated scenes. $16-45, Sun-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm.

All Dec

Oregon Zoo – Zoolights

Come for the animals, stay for the lights! Over a million LED lights and moving sculptures create a magical atmosphere. Closed Dec 24 & 25, $7-10, train rides extra, Sun-Thurs 5-8pm, Fri-Sat 5-8:30pm.

Dec 1-30

The Grotto – Christmas Festival of Lights

A twinkling celebration of Christmas, with choir performances, puppet shows, and hot cocoa. $4-9, kids 0-2 free, 5-9:30pm.

Dec 7

Fremont Festival of Lights

A lovely evening in Beaumont Village. Watch

Remember to check the NW Kids online calendar for dozens more outings and activities each day. Share with friends, subscribe to the RSS, add directly to your calendar, and more features. There’s something going on you don’t want to miss!! NW Kids Magazine | 29


Pointillism Inspired “Dot to Dot” Tin Can Candle Holders Photo courtesy of My Masterpiece Art Studio

We love using master artist painting styles to inspire all types of crafts. The pointillism style, made popular by artists such as George Seurat, is the art of using “dots” to create a picture. Children can use this “dot to dot” concept to create pictures of all kinds. What you need: • T in cans of all sizes (smooth or ridged) • Brown paper bag pieces cut to fit and wrap around can • Tape • Pencil and marker • Nail • Hammer • Towel • Optional: tin funnels What to do:

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Fill tin can with water, leaving a ¼ inch at top. Place in freezer overnight.

Have your little artist draw a picture with pencil on the paper, which has been cut to fit the can. The pictures should run the length of the paper. Simple designs and shapes are best. Snowflakes, snowmen, circles and stars make great themes for any winter holiday!

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Create a “dot to dot” of the image using a marker. Wrap the paper around the can and tape the seam. Lay the can on a towel and using the hammer and nail gently punch holes where the dots are marked.

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When all the holes are punched your design is complete, remove the paper and the ice. Place a small candle inside and light up your holidays with these charming Tin Can Candle holders.

My Masterpiece Art Studio is located at 7905 SW Cirrus Drive, Beaverton. They offer classes and camps to a range of ages and host special events like Arty Parties for kids and adults.

calendar Santa arrive via fire engine and visit various special villages such as A Celtic Christmas and the Children’s Craft Village. 4-9pm.

Dec 15-31 Peacock Lane

A celebrated Portland holiday tradition! Take a stroll or a horse-drawn carriage ride through this SE Portland neighborhood and marvel at the intricately decorated houses with lights, nativity scenes, and other wintry goodness. Free cocoa! Note: Dec 15-16 are pedestrian only nights. 6-11pm, Dec 24 & 31 6pm-12am.

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NW Kids Magazine December 2012  

Holiday Giving Guide, U-cut Tree Farms, Interview With Nikki McClure, The Real Santa

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