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Try This: Christmas events in full swing with theater, music in Clark County

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

Rainbow magic

Metropolitan Performing Arts presents “Holiday Out” at 6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17. Family Day with discounted tickets is 2 p.m. Sunday. Dec. 10 is Pride Night. The final show on Dec. 17 includes a visit from Dapper Santa. A little one wishes upon a star for a Christmas miracle for their two dads and gets way more help than anticipated in the form of Mary Christmas. Tickets purchased in advance from metropolitanperformingarts.org are $20 for adults or $16 for students, seniors and military. Tickets purchased at the door are $5 more.

On the naughty list

Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver, presents “Christmas Belles” from Dec. 2-18. A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Sunday as well as Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets are $22 at the door or $20 if purchased in advance at www.magentatheater.com or by calling the box office at 360-949-3098.

Sweet harmony

Columbia River Chorus, a women’s barbershop chorus and members of Sweet Adelines International, will perform its 60th anniversary celebration and Christmas show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Vancouver United Church of Christ, 1220 N.E. 68th Way, Vancouver. Songs include a holiday medley, “Mary, Mary,” “Christmas Is…,” “Huron Carol,” “Silent Night,” “The Most Fattening Time of the Year,” “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Believe” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. Learn more at columbiariverchorus.org or call 971-998-7528.

Flying high

Clark County Historical Museum wraps up its 2022 History on Tap season at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, at 7 p.m. today, with “Storming the Skies: The 1930 Northwest Air Tour and Women Aviators.” The evening includes the game “History and a Lie” and Clark County trivia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at kigginstheatre.com. Get more details at 360-993-5679 or email outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Holiday Happenings

See the Winter Wonderland drive-thru light show at the Portland International Raceway daily through Dec. 31. Top left and right: The Christmas Ships Parade will hit the Willamette and Columbia rivers again this year. Center: Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo has been a Northwest favorite for years.5 Vancouver, Portland light shows sure to produce ooohs and aaahs
The Vancouver-Portland area might be known for its long, dark winters, but if there’s one thing we Pacific Northwesterners know how to do, it’s cheer…
The tree-lighting ceremony in Ridgefield, seen in 2007, has been part of the community’s tradition for decades.A plethora of holiday celebrations, tree lightings in Clark County
Nothing announces the start of the Christmas season like a community tree lighting. Everyone gathers outdoors, cheerfully tolerating the rain and cold, just to see…

Three for free

Clark College will present three concerts this weekend, all open to the public with free admission. The Clark College Treble Ensemble and Clark College Chorale present a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight at First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver. The Clark College Concert Band presents its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics’ Royal Durst Theatre, 3101 Main St., Vancouver. The Clark College Concert Choir will perform its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, joined by the Camas High School Choir to sing Vivaldi’s “Magnificat.” Donations are welcome to support the college’s music programs.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Vancouver School of Arts and Academics’ “Shine Bright: A Holiday Happening,” the grand opening of Uniquely You event venue with an artisans market and the Sensitive Santa event especially for disabled children — see events.columbian.com.