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Try this: Christmas lights, movies and events abound in Clark County

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: December 22, 2023, 6:02am

Franklin, my dear

Christmas on Franklin features 200,000 lights stretched across 10 properties that will glow from 5 to 10 p.m. every night until Dec. 31, with a centerpiece display at 4616 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver. See a life-sized Nativity scene with a 24-foot-tall star, a 60-foot lighted cedar tree, a 15-foot snowman, characters from “Frozen,” lifelike reindeer, the Grinch and dancing Christmas trees. On Christmas Eve, “snow” will fall every hour. Hot cocoa and treats are available to buy on weekends. For details, see facebook.com/HolidaysOnFranklin or holidaysonfranklin.com.

Silver screens

See classic Christmas films at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. “It’s a Wonderful Life” will show at 4:10 p.m. Friday; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 3:40 p.m. Sunday; and at 6:10 p.m. on Monday, Christmas Day. “White Christmas” will show at 7 p.m. Friday; 4:20 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; and 3:50 p.m. on Christmas Day. Tickets are $11 at kigginstheatre.com or at the box office. The Liberty Theatre in Camas is showing “Wonka” (rated PG) and “Migration” (rated PG) daily from Friday through Christmas. See showtimes and buy tickets at camasliberty.com.

Merry market

The Vancouver Farmers Market is now open year-round at the intersection of Eighth Street and Esther Street in downtown Vancouver, next to Esther Short Park. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Find local farm produce and products, artisan wares, bread and baked goods, pet treats, flowers, plants and décor for home and garden. The market is pet-friendly and leashed dogs are welcome. Admission is free. Get more details at vancouverfarmersmarket.com or call 360-737-8298.

Christmas in the CAVE

The “Small Wonders” exhibit at Art at the CAVE, 108 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, features original artwork by 100 artists, with smaller works for holiday gift-giving. Also see “Passages,” featuring the work of Yoshihiro Kitai and Matthew Letzelter, faculty at Pacific Northwest College of Art. The exhibit explores patterns and experiences between man-made and natural environments. Both exhibits are free to the public through the end of December during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more at artatthecave.com.

Million points of light

Two Portland light shows are still open. Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland, is open 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily through Jan. 7. Adult tickets range from $12 to $26 and youth tickets are $12 to $18. Buy Zoo Lights Any Night tickets at oregonzoo.org/lights to use any night and time. The Winter Wonderland drive-thru light show at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland, continues through Dec. 31. From today through Christmas Day, hours are 4:30 to 11 p.m. Admission is $48 per car. Get details at winterwonderlandportland.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events, visit events.columbian.com.

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