From Christmas shopping and giant tree lightings to turkey trotting and tea tasting, Vancouver USA has a variety of events throughout November and December to put you in the holiday spirit. This preview is just a selection—check out all events and search by dates on our Events Calendar.

The Arts

Experience the season through the senses. During the first half of December, Magenta Theater presents “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Actors bring the classic Frank Capra film alive at 7:30 p.m. shows and 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. On different weekends this winter, two seasoned dance studios are putting on performances of The Nutcracker: DanceWorks Performing Arts and Columbia Dance. For holiday tunes, head to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s winter pop series with hits from Frozen and The Polar Express.

Lantern Tours at Fort VancouverGift Hunting

Search creative vendors and local artists at gift gatherings through the end of November. Camas has its annual Sip & Shop on November 16, complete with double-decker bus rides, raffle giveaways, and take-home goodies. The Vancouver Farmers Market extends its season with special Harvest and Holiday Markets for all to enjoy.

Family Outings

Bring the family together for holiday experiences around Vancouver USA. Venture to find a Christmas tree aboard the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, and see the community tree in Esther Short Park come alive with thousands of lights. Head to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for an educational excursion—tour the Vancouver Barracks by candlelight or experience the sights and sounds of the 1840s holiday season. Prepare for Thanksgiving dinner with a 5K along the Salmon Creek Trail, and take the Polar Bear Plunge in Klineline Pond if you dare. Warm up with holiday tea gatherings at Pomeroy Farm for a relaxing girls’ day.

For the 21+ Crowd

Post-Thanksgiving weekend is a time for wine tasting! Participating vineyards of the SW Washington Winery Association will offer sneak peek barrel tastings. Along with a tree lighting ceremony of its own, Uptown Village is also hosting a block party (with special guests Comet and Blitzen) and an ugly sweater pub crawl for festive bar hoppers. No ugly sweaters allowed at Santacon however—full Santa getup only. Can you picture the sea of red and white suits?