Holiday Happenings: Looking for ways to make merry?
Find your holiday fun at events and attractions:
• The Season Electric, Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, brings together top music talent to benefit the Northwest Down Syndrome Association, orchestrated by Blake Sakamoto and his band The Nu Wavers. It takes places at Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom, 918 S.W. Yamhill St. For tickets: www.tickettomato.com.
• The 11th annual White Album Xmas is a tribute to The Beatles, as The Nowhere Band plays the "White Album" in its entirety at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Shows, scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 8, often sell out. So, check www.albertrosetheatre.com.
• At Alpenrose Dairy, 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, it's Christmas in Dairyville, a replica of a western frontier town that has been transformed into a winter wonderland with some 300 flocked trees. There'll be animals and Santa, as well as vintage storefronts, local choirs, holiday movies and sweets. It's open Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Info: www.alpenrose.com.
• By Triangle Productions and starring radio personality Daria, Matthew Lombardo's funny, irreverent and heartfelt parody "Who's Holiday!" stages at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15 at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Cindy Lou Who met the Grinch 40 years ago, and she recalls the event from her beat-up trailer on Mount Crumpit. For more: www.triangleproductions.org.
• At Veterans Memorial Coliseum, ScanFair celebrates the traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas with vendors, food, entertainment, games and more, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2. Info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/scanfair.
• A popular attraction, it's the 64th year of the Christmas Ships Parade, Dec. 1-20, as some 60 ships of all sizes and decorated with lights cruise the Columbia and Willamette rivers. For the schedule, check out www.christmasships.org/schedule.
• The Portland Choir and Orchestra performs "Christmas Begins," featuring the Bells of the Cascades, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway. For more: www.portland5.com. There'll be 150 performers on stage.
• The Dandy Warhols Christmas Show, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, is a sixth annual night of "elegant revelry," with a five-course dinner paired with wine followed by a film and live score performed by The Dandy Warhols at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. For more: www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego, presents "The Peppermint Bear Show," a holiday tradition for 26 years. Featuring performers that interact with audinece members, it stages at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 1-Dec. 23. For info: www.lakewood-center.org.
• Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St., has drawn huge crowds for its staging of "A Christmas Carol," and it returns for a sixth year, Dec. 1-29. It combines the classic, heartwarming tale with surprising elements of theater, magic, live music and just enough whimsy to thaw the hearts of every Scrooge. Drew Harper plays Ebenezer Scrooge and Cycerli Ash makes her Playhouse debut as the ghostly spirits. For more: www.portlandplayhouse.org.
• In his acclaimed one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas," film director John Waters riffs on holiday traditions and more, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, at Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. For more: www.aladdin-theater.com.
• Three music events to consider: Tony Starlight Christmas, 13 shows starting Dec. 2 at the Tony Starlight Showroom, 1125 S.E. Madison St., www.tonystarlight.com; Jim Brinkman's "A Joyful Christmas," 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com; The Hometown Holiday Show, featuring Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Jordan Davis and Mitchell Tenpenny, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, www.rosequarter.com.