Make memories with a visit and picture with Santa in the lobby of the Columbia Center for the Arts from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Santa (who also happens to be starring in the CAST Theatre production of “Miracle on 34th Street” in the Columbia Arts Theatre) will be visiting with kids before Sunday show matinees during December.
There will also be the option to have a photo taken with Santa for $10, with a printed picture available immediately onsite for folks to take home with them. Sit by the tree with Kris Kringle and get into the holiday spirit.
Mom and Dad can also shop the Holiday Art Show & Sale on those days, finding everything they need for the entire family. Gifts of art, ornaments, toys, jewelry, pottery, scarves, home décor, and more will be in the Gallery.
Other upcoming holiday-inspired events include:
Dec. 3-4 — Voci Community Choir presents “Voci and Friends” winter choral concerts, 7 p.m. at Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center. Suggested donation $10 at the door. No advance tickets sold. More info at gorgeorchestra.org.
Dec. 4-5 — Happy Hands Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, 10-3 p.m. at Asbury Our Redeemer Partnership, 1140 Tucker Rd. Bake sale, handcrafted items, baby items, recycled Christmas items.
Dec. 4-5 — Odell Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar, 10-5 p.m., downtown Odell. Handmade gifts, baked goods, jams and jellies, mincemeat, soup, pie and ice cream, plus “slice of life” rooms open for sales. Come shop, have a bite to eat, and enjoy the fellowship of friends.
Dec. 4-6 — Stevenson Christmas celebration. Events include a parade, bazaars, business open houses and pictures with Santa. For a complete listing visit www.cityofstevenson.com, www.facebook.com/ChristmasintheGorge or www.skamania.org or call 800-989-9178.
Dec. 5 — Lyle Lions pancake breakfast and Christmas food box project, 7-10 a.m. at the Lyle Lions Community Center, corner of 5th and Hwy. 14. Donation jar available for food box project, or send monetary donations to Lyle Lions, P.O. Box 383, Lyle, WA 98635.
Dec. 5 — Hope for the Holidays bazaar, 9-4 p.m. at the HR Co. Fairgrounds. Table space $25; donated to American Cancer Society. More info at 541-490-1722 or email email@example.com.
Dec. 5 — Free photos with Santa, 10-3 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Receive a JPEG image on a CD and create your own prints. Donations of non-perishable food items for The Christmas Project requested. Sponsored by Eyeopeners Lions Club.
Dec. 5 — Stevenson United Methodist Church Christmas in the Gorge holiday luncheon, 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the church, 325 Jefferson St., Stevenson. Traditional casserole, hot veg, roll, salad, dessert, coffee, tea or juice. Adults $10, kids under 6 free. Benefit for community giving programs. More info at 509-427-5354.
Dec. 5 — Holiday Open House, noon-6 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. Free museum admission, complimentary snacks and store discounts. Live holiday music noon-5. Visit Santa from 2-4. Prime rib dinner served 4-6; $25 per person. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank. More info at 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or www.gorgediscovery.org.
Dec. 5-6 — 36th annual Mosier Country Christmas Fair, 10-4 p.m. at the Mosier School gym. Craftsmen from around the Gorge. $2 admission and one can of people or animal food for local projects. Santa 11-3; Mosier 4-H will sell Christmas trees, chili, baked potatoes, hot dogs, pie and drinks; used book sale at Mosier Library.
Dec. 5-6 — Annual drive-thru nativity, 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Nazarene Church, 2168 Belmont. Free.
Dec. 6 — United Way holiday benefit concert, 3:30 p.m. at Gorge Room Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Rock violinist Aaron Meyer and his 6-piece band. Preferred seating tickets $45; general admission $20; kids 12 and under $15. On sale at Waucoma Bookstore and at door, or email firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-386-6100.
Dec. 6 — Christmas Grooves and Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts. The Groove Project’s annual Christmas Jazz concert with Tim Mayer and his band. $10-$15.