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Wilsonville's annual tree lighting launches the holiday season at Town Center Park

VERN UYETAKE - Callie Devault shares a special moment while visiting with Santa.The tall narrow blue spruce planted in Wilsonville's Town Center Park takes on distinctly Seussian-vibe late every November, as community members gather in fellowship on a weekday evening to surround the impressive tree as the switch is thrown, just like that scene in "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The City of Wilsonville lit up the community  Christmas tree at Town Center Park last Wednesday.

This year's tree lighting was held Nov. 30, replete with the usual suspects: cookies and hot drinks, performances by local schoolchildren, filling the toy donation box and visiting with Santa Claus.

VERN UYETAKE - Leeland Aldan was excited to get some hot chocolate and a cookie.

VERN UYETAKE - Members of the Boeckman Creek kids choir perform holiday song for the crowd gathered for the lighting of the tree.

VERN UYETAKE - Members of the Boeckman Creek kids choir perform holiday song for the crowd gathered for the lighting of the tree.

VERN UYETAKE - From left, Sophia, Alex and Angela Ferguson wait in anticipation of the lighting of the tree.

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