It’s December in Lane County and here’s your monthly roundup of GoMomGo picks for FREE (okay, mostly free) activities and events to enjoy as a family!
It’s all listed in chronological order so you can easily add events to your month-long celebration of the holidays!
Nightly through January 1
Christmas at the Village Green
The Village Green Resort, 725 Row River Rd, Cottage Grove
Tour the grounds and enjoy the beautiful exterior holiday light display in the Wedding Garden. After enjoying the lights, cozy up to a fire pit and enjoy a warm mug of gluhwein or hot cocoa, and
make s'mores with family and friends. Admission is free.
On Friday nights, you can head indoors and relax with a holiday movie in the Sage Room Theater. Popcorn, snacks and dinner options will be available for purchase, along with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Unless noted, prices are $3 for ages 11 and up, $1 for children three to 10, and free for children two and under. As space is limited, it is recommended that you arrive a few minutes early to purchase tickets. Movies play at 5PM and 8PM each Friday:
December 5 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 12 – Home Alone
December 19 – Elf
December 26 – Guardians of the Galaxy.
Every Friday and Saturday, 6-6:30pm
5th Street Market
Head out to the Fifth Street Market for the lights and magical snowfall! It's an experience you'll want to return for every weekend!
Saturday, December 6, 1pm
Springfield Christmas Parade: Melodies & Memories
21st & Olympic, Springfield
Our communities’ oldest and coldest parade! It’s a tradition 62 years in the making! Santa will be there!
Sunday, December 7, 10am-4pm
475 West 5th, Eugene
Kids get to work on fun, free holiday crafts while parents shop a variety of crafters & vendors. There's a StoryLady at noon & Facepainting 2pm-4pm. Crafts for adults, too! Treats, coffee & hot chocolate available for purchase. A kids class is also available for purchase, 2pm-3:30pm.
DATE NIGHT OPPORTUNITY!
Sparkling Nights at Domaine Meriwether
Every Friday, 6-9pm
88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta
Cheers! Sparkling Nights are every Friday night (year-round!) from 6-9PM and feature performances by a local musician and food for purchase from local food trucks. Sparkling Nights also means complimentary wine tasting for groups of 10 or less, local beer on tap, and great snacks available for purchase like nuts, chocolate and more. Admission is free!
Features the following musicians:
December 12 - Jen Sennett
December 19 - Jeremy Pruitt
December 26 - Lori LeMaster
December 13, time TBA
Miracle on 5th Street
5th Street Market
All That! Dance Company will partner with 5th Street Market to bring the market to life with live dance performances to delight ages young and old. The Candy Cane Queen will keep Santa’s sleigh warm as she hands out candy canes to all the children. Don’t miss a stop outside of Goody’s Sweet Shop where the Sugar Babies will sweeten up your night. Stop in from the cold at the International Café for a spicy performance by Spanish Chocolate. The Sugar Plum Fairy herself will take the stage and tiny snowflake dancers will twirl in the open courtyard as the magic of Christmas creates snowfall on Eugene for this very special night. This is a magical family event that you don’t want to miss!
December 13, 7:30PM
A Winter Carnival on Ice
Entry fee is a donation of a new toy
Lane Ice Rink
Join the Eugene Figure Skating Club for their annual Holiday Show featuring skaters of all ages and levels! This is also an opportunity to support the Toys for Tots Foundation so, as an entry fee, please bring a donation of a new and unwrapped toy.
December 14, 2:30pm
Dancing Off the Page Storytime
Eugene Public Library
Join the dancers of All That! Dance Company as they bring stories to life as the characters leap off the page in dance. Stories such as Angelina Ballerina, Ballet Kitty, Ella Bella Ballerina in Swan Lake, and What Does the Fox Say will be brought to life through music and movement.
The following event has an admission cost…but if you were planning on taking the kids on an excursion once they’re out of school, this one is well worth the money!
December 22, 1:30pm
Splash! With Santa!
regular swim admission, starting at $4
Splash! At Lively Park
Visit Santa at Splash and play in the waves! Get a 4-inch by 6-inch picture with Santa for $5 which includes free download options from Vic’s PhotoBooth.
Christy Rice is a mom to two great boys. They love to explore all that Lane County has to offer. Christy is a superstar at researching & finding awesome picks & deals for GoMomGo!