Holiday Happenings: Events help make season merrier
The holiday fun continues with events and attractions:
• The Oregon Symphony and Northwest Community Gospel Chorus come together for the 20th anniversary of "Gospel Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. The chorus consists of nearly 90 members from 35 different houses of faith in the Portland metro area and beyond; 28 have been choir members for all 20 years of "Gospel Christmas." For tickets: www.orsymphony.org.
• Presented by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, it's "The Most Wonderful Season," as the chorus honors the musical traditions of the holidays — Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, the new year and more. It takes place 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: www.portland5.com.
• Michael Allen Harrison's Christmas at the Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., starts 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and continues for 21 performances. For tickets: www.michaelallenharrison.com. Harrison and Julianne Johnson get a head start on the annual concerts with four shows at Harrison's Pioneer Chapel in Canby: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Also check www.michaelallenharrison.com for tickets.
• At 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, groups participate in The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, a fun and festive event for people of all ages. For more: www.thesquarepdx.org.
• The Portland Baroque Orchestra and Cappella Romana collaborate for the complete three-hour performances of Handel's "Messiah," Dec. 7-10 at First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave. For more: www.pbo.org.
• The 28th annual Tuba Christmas Concert features nearly 300 tubas playing holiday favorites in unison. It takes place at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Info: www.tubachristmas.com.
• Oregon Ballet Theatre puts on one of Portland's traditions, the popular "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," for 19 performances — 12 featuring the OBT Orchestra — Dec. 8-26 at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. Tickets: www.obt.org. It begins with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. "The Nutcraker," now staging for the 15th year, annually draws about 45,000 people.
• One of Portland's most popular and historic attractions opens for the season when the Victorian Belle Christmas and "The Miracle of a Million Lights" welcomes visitors, Dec. 8-23. The historic mansion, on 2 1/2 acres at 1441 N. McClellan St., includes more than 20 decorated Christmas trees and elaborate decorations. There'll be holiday sweets, treats and music. For more: www.victorianbelle.com.
• Breakfast With Santa at Bridgeport Village in Tualatin, Dec. 8-9, will include festive music, games and prizes and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, happening at three locations at the shopping complex. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Oregon. For more: www.Bridgeport-Village.com.
• "Toy Box" is about toys that come to life and is staged by aerial arts youth company students of A-WOL Dance Collective at its warehouse, 513 N.E. Schuyler St., Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16. For more: www.awoldance.org.
• Creative artists, crafts makers and art fans unite at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art & Craft Market, Dec. 8-9 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Info: www.craftywonderland.com.
• "A Drag Queen Christmas — The Naugthy Tour" features comical holiday performances by contestants from the reality show on VH1, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: www.portland5.com.