For all of you who don’t turn into Scrooges this time of year, Corvallis and Albany have plenty of Christmas celebrations for all the boys, girls, and family. Though it’s unlikely we’ll have ourselves a white Christmas, we can sure act like it in sing-song fashion—though apparently this town likes to dance, as there’s plenty of Christmas dancing around here.
Pastega Christmas Light Display Now to Dec. 25 Pile into the car and head to the Benton County Fairgrounds to celebrate the 35-year-old tradition of Corvallis’ epic Christmas lights experience. Cut-outs of your favorite characters, Christmas- and cartoon-themed, will be donned in lights, all set up by volunteers.
Event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are encouraged.
Holiday Families: Become a Secret Santa Now to Dec. 15 The Old Mill Center’s 15-year-old gift program connects donors with over 120 children who don’t always get showered with gifts. By donating gifts, you’ll be their Secret Santa.
Contact Cindy Bond or The Old Mill Center, 541-757-8068, for more information.
Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 8 The Whiteside is showing this Christmas classic, where all proceeds will benefit Linn Benton Food Share. Bring your nonperishable food items, join the magic of Macy’s, and experience the 1947 film in black and white!
A Christmas Story Dec. 2 to Dec. 18 The Majestic Theatre is putting on A Christmas Story 11 different times over the course of the month, complete with the exploding furnace, frozen lampposts, and decoder pins. Be careful, though—no personal BB guns allowed!
Tickets range from $10 to $16.
Winterdance: A Celtic Christmas Celebration Dec. 13 Molly’s Revenge, a California Celtic band with bagpipes, hornpipes, and fiddles, is playing the 10th annual Celtic Christmas Celebration with the Murray Irish Dancers this season. Dance to Celtic versions of your favorite Christmas tunes, put on by the Corvallis Folklore Society.
Tickets range from $18 to $20.
The Jazz Kings Christmas Concert Dec. 13 Oregon State University is hosting The Emerald City Jazz Kings and Jesse Cloninger to perform all the Christmas classics for their annual concert. Bust out the pipes and come prepared for some sing-along opportunities as well.
Tickets range from $15 to $30.
Christmas Caroling by Horse Drawn Carriage Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 Jump on a trailer and be led by horse through Albany’s Monteith Historic District, all while caroling popular Christmas songs. All you have to bring is yourself; song leaders, books, and bells are provided.
Reservations are required and tickets range from $5 to $10.
Celtic Solstice Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 If you’re tired of all the Christmas events, head to the Majestic for the Winter Solstice and celebrate with Celtic music and dancing. Word is, they’ll have mulled cider and Celtic art to complete the experience.