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Help the community, enjoy the sights and sounds of Hazelnut Festival and attend a tree lighting

If you need help getting in the holiday spirit, we've got you covered this weekend: Check out the festival activities going on in northern Marion County within the next couple days.

Friday, Dec. 1

7 p.m.: Hubbard Christmas Tree Lighting — The ninth annual tree lighting ceremony is sponsored by North Marion Fellowship. All kids and families are invited, and it will be at Centennial Park (the greenway between Highway 99E and A Street). The Hubbard Fire District truck will give Santa a ride and guide participants to the Hubbard Fire Station, at 3161 Second St., for hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, contact Jim Terwilliger at 503-984-5457 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, Dec. 2

9 a.m. to noon: Firefighter Food Drive — Firefighters in northern Marion County will be driving through residential streets collection nonperishable food items, new un-wrapped toys and monetary donations to purchase fresh food. Firefighters will be sounding their sirens as the travel through the streets. All items that are collected in each community will benefit that community (for example, Hubbard residents' donations will help Hubbard-area residents, Woodburn will be collecting food and cash donations for local charities). This is the 25th year that local donations have been collected and distributed locally. For more information on the food drive, contact your local fire district. INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Families enjoy Hazelnut Festival, one of many holiday activities happening this weekend.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hazelnut Festival — The sixth annual Hazelnut Festival returns to Mount Angel Dec. 2 and 3, providing a "nutty" experience and a German holiday market featuring regional arts and crafts, authentic and traditional German Christmas decorations and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries, as well as foods that highlight hazelnuts. Events for the weekend include the "Run For Your Nuts" 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers can register at www.racenorthwest.com. Entertainment includes accordionist Joe Szabo, and Santa and his helpers will be on hand to visit with children from noon to 3 p.m. The Children's Corner, presented by Mount Angel Public Library, is back this year. Every child receives a free book and a craft project to take home. The "Cookie Crawl" is for young and old. Simply check in at the front table and receive a map that includes the locations for all the vendors that have cookies to enjoy. The festival is free and will be held in the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Highway N.E. For more information, visit www.mtangelchamber.com.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Downtown Woodburn Holiday Bazaar — The Downtown Woodburn Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Dec. 2-3 in conjunction with the annual Mayor's Tree Lighting, is moving inside to the Metropolis building this year. Available spots are limited. Anyone interested in having a booth at this event is asked to contact Leslie Marcarello at 503-980-6321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This exciting weekend will include entertainment, food, bazaar and more.

3 to 6 p.m.: Newell Pioneer Village Candlelight Tour — Robert and Rebecca Newell will be entertaining guests in their home. Guests will be able to listen to their table conversation, enjoy live music, cookies and hot apple cider. The Newell Pioneer Village will let children build a gingerbread house to take home. The General Store will have things to buy, the Butteville Academy schoolmarm will let you string popcorn and cranberries. You can also visit the Butteville Jail. Volunteers will be in their period dress. The location is at 8089 Champoeg Road, St. Paul. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 65 and older and Daughters of the American Revolution members, and $3 for ages 12 and younger. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.newellpioneervillage.com, call 503-678-5537 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The museums will be also open Dec. 3 and 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for regular museum admission.

4 to 7 p.m.: Gervais Christmas tree lighting — The Gervais Christmas tree lighting will take place at Gervais Elementary School from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests are invited to join organizers for a turkey dinner at the elementary school cafeteria, followed by games and activities. At the conclusion, the live Christmas tree will be lit up outside at the elementary school playground and later transported downtown where it will be displayed for the remainder of the season.

Sunday, Dec. 3

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Hazelnut Festival — The sixth annual Hazelnut Festival returns to Mount Angel Dec. 2 and 3, providing a "nutty" experience and a German holiday market featuring regional arts and crafts, authentic and traditional German Christmas decorations and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries, as well as foods that highlight hazelnuts. Entertainment includes accordionist Joe Szabo, and Santa and his helpers will be on hand to visit with children from noon to 3 p.m. The Children's Corner, presented by Mount Angel Public Library, is back this year. Every child receives a free book and a craft project to take home. The "Cookie Crawl" is for young and old. Simply check in at the front table and receive a map that includes the locations for all the vendors that have cookies to enjoy. The festival is free and will be held in the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Highway N.E. For more information, visit www.mtangelchamber.com.

Noon to 8 p.m.: Downtown Woodburn Holiday Bazaar — The Downtown Woodburn Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Dec. 2-3 in conjunction with the annual Mayor's Tree Lighting, is moving inside to the Metropolis building this year. Available spots are limited. Anyone interested in having a booth at this event is asked to contact Leslie Marcarello at 503-980-6321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This exciting weekend will include entertainment, food, bazaar and more.INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Last year's tree lighting in the Woodburn Downtown Plaza included a visit from Santa.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Woodburn Mayor's Tree Lighting — The tree lighting, which will be in the Downtown Plaza, includes the tree lighting, caroling, kids activities, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa.

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