Looking for an affordable way to celebrate the holiday season? Look no further than this list of free and low-cost events happening in Lane County throughout the months of December and January. This list of winter celebrations includes everything from free kid-friendly events, meals, fun activities, to winter art and culture exhibits. Happy holidays!
The Polar Express Movie Event
Evergreen Senior Living, 3850 Everest Loop, (541) 607-4423
Friday, December 13th, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Free (RSVp by 12/6)
Afternoon of viewing the holiday favorite film, The Polar Express. Meet and greet with Santa, eat holiday treats, and more.
Breakfast with Santa
Northwood Christian Church, 2425 Harvest Ln, Springfield, OR
Saturday December 14th, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fundraiser for the Springfield Police Department. Have a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon or sausage before heading off to see Santa, police vehicles, and one of Springfield’s k-9 officers.
5th Annual Ugly Sweater Contest and Dance Party
Mac at the Vet’s Club, 1526 Willamette St, (541) 780-6950
Saturday, December 14th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free, voting tickets are $1
Ugly sweater contest with prizes and enjoy music mixed by DJ Frankie Sharp. Santa will arrive at 4:30 p.m.
Winter Solstice Celebration at Dorris Ranch
Dorris Ranch Living History Farm, 205 Dorris St, Springfield OR 97477
Saturday, December 21st, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Winter solstice celebration with campfire, storytelling, sweet treats, craft making, and a luminary walk.
Adventure! Harry Potter All Day Read a Thon
Adventure Children’s Museum, 490 River Center
Tuesday, December 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” aloud all day long, start to finish. Any reader can sign up for reading slots varying from 15 minutes to an hour. Crafts, music, and snacks will be available.
Winter Multicultural Festival “Father Frost”
Wheeler Pavilion at Lane Event Center, 796 W 13th Ave, (503) 919-8273
Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th, 10:00am to 8:00pm
A cultural event bringing richness of different cultures from all over the world to Eugene.