It's a busy time for holiday events and happenings in Portland. So, make a plan and consider the following:
• It's tree lighting time in the next several days, highlighted with the 35th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The 75-foot tree will be adorned with 14,000 lights, and Thomas Lauderdale leads an array of musicians in a sing-along. For more: www.thesquarepdx.org.
• ZooLights and its 1.5 million colored lights opens Nov. 29 and goes till Jan. 5 at the Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road. For tickets/more: www.oregonzoo.org/zoolights.
• America's Largest Christmas Bazaar takes over the Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 10 a.m. Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8. Tickets: $3-8, $10 parking. For more: www.expochristmasbazaar.com.
• At Sellwood Playhouse, 901 S.E. Spokane St., it'll be "Scrooge: The Musical," Nov. 29-Dec. 15. For more, check out Sellwood Playhouse's Facebook page.
• The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights features 1 million holiday lights, and the expansive shrine at 8840 N.E. Skidmore St. has a petting zoo, puppet shows and choral performances each evening in the 600-seat chapel, Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (except on Christmas Day). Tickets/more: $12.50, www.thegrotto.org.
• A majority African American cast again plays in the gospel-style "Black Nativity,' Nov. 29-Dec. 15 at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave. For details: www.passinart.org.
• The drive-through lights/decorations show Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., goes from Nov. 29-Jan. 4. Bicyclists will take part in Bike the Lights Night, 5 p.m. Nov. 29. For info: www.winterwonderlandportland.com.
• Train rides with Santa Claus and elves through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Corridor gateway are offered aboard vintage rail cars powered by famous locomotives at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way. The Holiday Express Train starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 and continues Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 15. Tickets: $16-$22, www.orhf.org.
• The BikeCraft Holiday Gift Fair is geared toward the bicycling crowd, and takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St. For more: www.bikecraftpdx.com.
• The Oregon Symphony starts to celebrate the holidays with three shows: "Holiday Swing," a pops concert led by Jeff Tyzik and featuring trumpet player/vocalist Byron Stripling, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway (starting at $24); The Tenors Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, Schnitz (starting at $35); Kenny G "Celebrating 25 Years of Miracles: The Holiday Album," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Schnitz (starting at $35). For more: www.orsymphony.org.
• The Portland Spirit goes on its two-hour Cinnamon Bear Cruise, Nov. 30-Dec. 27. For complete info: www.portlandspirit.com.
• A couple of prominent companies put on "A Christmas Carol." Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St., has drawn big crowds for its version of the Dickens' classic, and stages it Nov. 30-Dec. 29. Check portlandplayhouse.com. Stumptown Stages' musical stars Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 5-22 at Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: $28-$48, www.stumptownstages.org.
• It's a big holiday attraction worth the visit: The historic Victorian Belle, 1441 N. McClellan St., features more than 20 Christmas trees and decorated rooms on 2.5 acres in "The Miracle of a Million Lights," Dec. 1-23. For details: www.victorianbelle.com.
• Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas" is a classic Christmas recording. He welcomes special guests to Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets: $30-$50, www.portland5.com.
• Tony Starlight and Bo Ayars put on a funny Christmas program of holiday standards, comedy routines and impressions in December, starting 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Tony Starlight Showroom, 1125 S.E. Madison St. Shows continue at the showroom, Vault Theater in Hillsboro and Revolution Hall on Dec. 23. For complete info: www.tonystarlight.com.
• The Providence Festival of Trees marks its 37th year at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 (Festival After Dark), 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 (gala dinner), and 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 (each Elf Academy). Tickets are $10 (adults), $9 (seniors), $8 children (ages 4-12). For more: www.ProvidenceFestivalofTrees.org/portland.
• The 24th annual Holiday Ale Festival takes place 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 4-7, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. It'll feature more than 50 craft beers, ciders and meads. General admission is $40. For more: www.holidayale.com.
• Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., presents the 12th annual White Album Xmas Show, featuring jugglers, aerialists and acrobats and The Nowhere Band playing The Beatles' classic album, Dec. 4-14, but tickets remain for only the 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, Dec. 4-5/Dec. 11-12. Tickets: $37.50-$57.50, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
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