A tree lighting and holiday parade highlight the season this weekend

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Last year's tree-lighting ceremony drew hundreds to the Old Cannery Plaza in Sherwood. The event is scheduled for Dec. 7 this year.Here's what's on board for this year's holiday season in Sherwood:

Sherwood Plaza Santa Helicopter Fly-In

Yup, Jolly Old St. Nick is back, once again flying in via helicopter onto his special landing pad at Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center (weather permitting of course) on Dec. 7. Santa and his elves will be in his workshop at the plaza, 16300 S.W. Langer Drive, on both Dec. 7 and again on Dec. 14, from noon until 4 p.m. Also, you can get your photo snapped with the Man from the North Pole for $5 or two cans of food that will benefit the local food bank.

Sherwood Winter Festival

Let your holiday spirits soar Saturday, Dec. 7 at the annual Sherwood Winter Festival, presented by the Robin Hood Festival Association.

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a parade winding its way from Sherwood Plaza to Old Town. Everyone is invited to participate in the parade with family-friendly entries, whether as individuals, groups or businesses. Express your creativity by dressing for the occasion. All parade participants must register outside the Post Office in Sherwood Plaza at 3:30 p.m. No other pre-registration is required.

After the parade, gather around Cannery Square Plaza, enjoying free cocoa, coffee, cookies, cider and hot dogs as you cheer the lighting of the tree and enjoy musical entertainment hosted by Mrs. Claus. Scheduled to perform are choirs from Middleton Elementary, Sherwood Middle School, Laurel Ridge Middle School and Sherwood High School. Also, don't forget the city of Sherwood will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Willowbrook Food Pantry at the tree-lighting ceremony. Willowbrook Food Pantry helps to feed Sherwood families in need.

Residents can visit a live Nativity scene (created by local churches) while listening to the children singing.

Then stop by a winter wonderland to see Santa and his helpers, who will welcome every child who’d like to share their holiday wishes. Bring a camera to take pictures of your child with Santa.

Free kids activities and cookie decorating will take place at the Masonic Hall on Washington Street. As you enjoy a stroll through Old Town, be sure to visit local merchants to get a head start on holiday shopping.

For more information, visit or call 503-625-4233.

Story Time with Mrs. (Santa) Claus

Mrs. Claus will pay a special visit to Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. Mrs. Claus (aka Donna Krewson of Tigard) will delight the kids with special holiday stories. The Sherwood Al’s is located at 16920 S.W. Roy Rogers Road.

Red Sled Bazaar

Red Sled Bazaar is back again, continuing a tradition that began in 1996. The annual event, located next to the Sherwood Target department store, creatively displays wares from more than 80 artisans, craftspeople and vendors. Popular items include snowmen, Santas, ornaments, furniture, wreaths, gourmet foods and locally designed jewelry.

This year’s bazaar runs from now until Dec. 24 (it’s closed on Thanksgiving). Meanwhile, Red Sled is again teaming up with the Oregon Food Bank to fill its sled with nonperishable food. Visit or “like” them on Facebook.

Sherwood Chamber of Commerce

December marks the return of the Season of Giving with the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce.  Sherwood’s anticipated holiday retail shopping event will run from Dec. 1 to 23. Residents are asked to visit local businesses to promote shopping local and receive a gift from each participating organization. Those visiting all of the participants will be entered to win a gift basket full of prizes and local goodies.

“The holidays are a time when consumers spend money,” said Renee Brouse, president of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce. “If we keep those funds local, they circulate through our community in ways that support the quality of life, the schools, the parks, the nature, and more that make Sherwood one of the most livable in the nation.”

Using an automated return on investment metric, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce estimates that over $10,000 has stayed in local businesses during the event’s three years, driving local holiday spending behavior. Visit

(Susan Danz, Robin Hood Festival Association secretary also contributed to this story.)

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