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Try This: Night Market, historical ‘Nutcracker,’ Barberton Grange open mic

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Wrap it up

Wrap up your Christmas shopping with local flair at the Night Market Vancouver, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The VIC (Vancouver Innovation Center), 18110 S.E. 34th St., Vancouver. Browse the wares of 60 local artisans, hear live music and purchase seasonal treats from food vendors. Entry is $5. Get details at

Go crackers

Columbia Dance presents its version of “The Nutcracker,” steeped in local history, with Cecilia Douglas as the heroine and Dr. John McLoughlin as Drosselmeyer, a battle of beavers and fur trappers and Moon Woman by the Columbia River. Shows are 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver. Buy tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for seniors and youth) at 360-737-1922 or

Get nutty

Get To-Gather Farm is hosting a holiday event from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at 1913 S.E. 303rd Ave., Washougal. Enjoy s’mores, fresh-pressed hot apple cider, one bag of roasted chestnuts and as many renditions of Nat King Cole singing “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” as you can handle. Buy tickets ($10 per person, $25 per family) at the farm, call 360-989-0163 or email

Shine brightly

The light display 5-10 p.m. nightly at 4616 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver, includes a life-size Nativity scene, 60-foot lighted tree, a 15-foot snowman, Santa and Rudolph, the Grinch and Max, and dancing Christmas trees. “Snow” will fall the week before Christmas and Santa Claus will hand out candy canes on some evenings. Visitors should bring food donations. Learn more at

Play and sing

Gypsyroadshow live open mic returns to the Barberton Grange, 9400 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver, from 7-9:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Musicians of all ages are welcome to share their musical talents. A sound system is provided, but bring mics. Attendees must be vaccinated or wear masks. For details, email or call 360-609-6628.

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