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From tree lightings to virtual programming, the city is offering a slew of family activities to kick off the holidays.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Hundreds of people gathered in December 2019 for the annual tree light ceremony at Beaverton City Park

Beaverton is hosting a number of events and activities this holiday season both virtually and in-person.

The city will be ignited with streams of lights starting Friday, Dec. 3 until Thursday, Jan. 6. Displays will be set up at City Park and The Round near City Hall.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony will be livestreamed on the Beaverton City Government Facebook page from Beaverton City Park on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The city has also compiled a playlist on its channel of "winter-themed songs" to for anyone who would like to view the city's lights with music.

"We've done similar events in past years. Each year they've been slightly different based on community partnerships," said Beaverton spokesperson Dianna Ballish. "We've done visits with Santa at the Library, tree lightings at city park, even an expansive German market one year. Last year with COVID, we began neighborhood light displays as a way for people to enjoy the holidays in a safe and socially distanced manner."

Parents and guardians can also download and print a free "Beaverton Winter Lights" activity book in both English and Spanish for children who want to learn more about all the winter holidays happening this month.

Beaverton Winterland Carnival

The Beaverton Winterland Carnival will be hosted at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The event will include both a dance party and a children's activity village. The Grinch, the Yeti, the Tiana the frog princess, Moana, Merida and Pyxis the Unicorn will be in attendance as well for photos and selfies.

A gift drop-off station will be available for anyone who wants to donate an unwrapped present for families in need through the St. Matthew Lutheran Food Pantry. For families in need this holiday season, they can register with Beaverton Care to Share by calling 503-591-9025.

You can register by visiting the city's event page on Eventbrite.com. Masks or face coverings are required during the carnival.

Virtual SnowFest

Beaverton Civic Theater is offering a weekend of free Zoom programming with storytelling, music, performances and crafts starting Friday, Dec. 17 until Sunday, Dec. 18.

The third annual "SnowFest" will include a holiday sing-along, trivia and family performances.

Visit beavertoncivictheatre.org to register for the event.


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