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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Feb. 27, 2024

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Try This: Christmas train, ‘Christmas at Pemberley’, ‘A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol’

Five things to do this week

By , Columbian staff writer

On track for Christmas

Ride a train to visit Santa aboard the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s Christmas Special Train. Excursions run every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17. The 1941 ALCO S2 departs at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. each day from the station at 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. See views of the Lewis River atop a hillside vantage point then return to Moulton Station. At the station stop, enjoy warm cider and cocoa and hot coffee. Santa will have a gift for each child. Ugly Christmas sweaters are encouraged. Get tickets ($16 to $22) at tickets.bycx.org.

The real story

Magenta Theater presents the Jane Austen-inspired “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” Friday through Dec. 17 at 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Set during the newlywed Darcys’ Christmas celebration at Pemberley House, the play takes the audience downstairs to the servants’ quarters. Their work is interrupted by the midnight arrival of Mr. Wickham, Mr. Darcy’s sworn enemy. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 at magentatheater.com.

That’s a wrap

Kindred Homestead Supply, 606 Main St., Vancouver, will host a holiday ornament and wrapping paper swap from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Get rid of that dusty storage box full of ornaments and paper. But instead of purchasing new ornaments and paper, see what treasures your neighbors have. Attendees should bring ornaments, hooks, wrapping paper, gift tags, gift boxes, gift bags, ribbon and bows. Learn more at kindredhomesteadsupply.com or call 360-719-2745.

Warm your heart

Touch of Class Chorale presents “Come Gather ’Round the Fire,” a concert featuring favorites like “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” along with choral classics. Performances are 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Mill Plain United Methodist Church, 15804 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver; 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at East Woods Presbyterian Church, 16210 N.E. 20th St., Vancouver; and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th St., Vancouver. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-16 and free for children under 6. A portion of proceeds benefit local charities. Get details at facebook.com/TouchofClassChoir/.

Jingle all the way

Metropolitan Performing Arts presents “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” Dec. 1-17 at 6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, with singalong holiday tunes. The musical is set in a small radio station on Christmas Eve, where the Feddington Players perform Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Actors miss their cues, the power goes out and mayhem ensues. Shows are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Family Day with discounted tickets is 2 p.m. Sunday. Pride Night is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Meet Santa Day is 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Buy tickets ($11 to $20) at mpa.booktix.com or call 360-975-1585.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Willful Wine’s High Tea at the Grant House, the Ridgefield Winter Market and Union High School’s presentation of “Annie” — see events.columbian.com.