Looking for an affordable way to celebrate the holiday season? Look no further than this list of free and low-cost events happening in Eugene-Springfield throughout the month of December. This list of winter celebrations includes everything from free holiday meals and concerts, to winter art exhibits and kid-friendly events featuring Santa Claus. Happy holidays!
Taste of “The Nutcracker” with Eugene Youth Ballet
Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road. (541-682-5766)
Friday, Dec. 8, 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with a free taste of “The Nutcracker” by Eugene Youth Ballet. Perfect for kids and family — everyone’s welcome! For more information, click here.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Thomas Episcopal Church, 1465 Coburg Road. (541-686-3430)
Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m. – noon
Cost: $5 for children, $8 for adults, 3 and younger free
Spend the morning enjoying pancakes, sausage, eggs, cocoa and coffee with Santa & Mrs. Claus! There will also be cookie decorating for the kids and a bike raffle. For more info, and a coupon for $1 off, click here.
Día de la Familia: Winter Celebrations around the World
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane. (541-346-3027)
Saturday, Dec. 9, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bring your family to enjoy an exhibit of visual and performing arts inspired by winter celebrations from Italy, Latin America, and China. This event will be filled with activities for children of all ages and will draw inspiration from the current Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art exhibitions.
Holiday Show on Ice: A Night at the Movies
Lane County Fairgrounds, 796 W. 13th Ave. (541-225-5123)
Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Cost: A book donation
Enjoy a night of snacks, holiday gifts, raffles, and holiday show on ice from the Eugene Figure Skating Club. This is a benefit for Relief Nursery Inc. All it costs to get in is a donation of a gently used children’s book. For more information, click here.
Division of Youth Services Annual Holiday Meal
2727 Martin Luther King Blvd (Across from Autzen Stadium), (541-682-2419)
Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On Dec. 13th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. all are welcome to enjoy a free meal prepared by the MLK Education Center Culinary Arts Program. There will be a free raffle and an RSVP is not required.
Free Christmas Dinner at W.O.W. Hall
W.O.W. Hall, 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401 (541-461-1278)
Saturday, Dec. 16, 12 – 2:30 pm
On Saturday, December 16, the W.O.W. Hall welcomes Free People from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. There will be food, clothing and music. This is a community celebration open to all.
The Science Factory’s Holiday Open House
Science Factory, 2300 Leo Harris Parkway. (541-682-7888)
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This holiday season, the Science Factory’s gift to the community is a fun-filled day at the Science Factory, FREE of charge for everyone in the family! For more information, click here.
Friendly Street Church’s Live Nativity
Friendly Street Church of God, 2290 Friendly St. (541-345-6553)
Dec. 15-17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ever night on the weekend of Dec. 15th you can enjoy complementary warm drinks and cookies while enjoying a live Nativity show at Friendly Street church. The show will include live actors, animals, and more. Open to all. For more information, click here.
Catholic Community Services Christmas Celebration
1464 West 6th Avenue in Eugene & 1025 G Street in Springfield. (541-345-3628)
Friday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
On December 22, both locations of Catholic Community Services will be distributing food as part of the regular food box distribution for those in need and during a special holiday celebration with food, warm drinks, and a welcoming spirit. Santa will also be making an appearance! All are welcome. For more information, call (541) 345-3628.
Free Holiday Concert at the Hult Center Lobby
Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center (7th & Willamette)
Dec. 24, noon
Kick off your Christmas Eve with a special free Holiday Concert in the Hult Center Lobby. All ages welcome!
Eugene Christmas Bird Count
For information on dates and times, contact Dick Lamster at 541-343-8664
Interested in birds or want to try something new? Well, the National Audubon Society Christmas could use your help! This will be the 76th Eugene Christmas Bird Count and the 118th Bird Count. This fun and exciting event is open to anyone interested in birds, and is free for all. For more information, check out the December-January issue of The Quail Newsletter or contact Dick Lamster at 541.343.8664 or at email@example.com.
For a list of more information, including organizations giving out food boxes and Christmas gifts, click here.