Canby's Light Up The Night returns to ring in the holidays with a Friday, Dec. 1 celebration in the downtown

JOHN BAKER - Canby's Light Up The Night is this Friday, Dec. 1, with a parade and then the tree lighting after at about 6:30 p.m.

Canby's Light Up The Night event returns on Friday, Dec. 1.

Head to downtown Canby for the 16th annual Light Up The Night parade and tree lighting in Wait Park. This time-honored event brings family and friends to kick off the holiday season.

The holiday parade begins at 6 p.m. at the post office. The parade travels throughout downtown (see attached map). The community – citizens, community organizations, or businesses - are invited to create floats. There is no charge to enter the parade.

"Light Up The Night brings such joy and happiness to downtown. It's through the efforts of everyone involved that we can make this event grow bigger and better every year," said Jamie Stickel, Main Street manager.

The tree lighting in Wait Park is at approximately 6:30 p.m. (or whenever the parade finishes). This year, the Oregon Trail Pitchpipers will kick off the ceremonies, followed by a welcome from Mayor Brian Hodson, and hot chocolate served by the Canby Knights of Columbus.

A look at the parade route for Light Up The Night. The parade starts at 6 p.m.

Former City Councilman Walt Daniels will "light up" Canby, flipping the switch to turn Canby's Christmas tree from dark to light. He has served the community in various aspects, including as a city councilman, various community organizations, and as a local businessman.

In early November, Daniels was tabbed a "Hometown Hero" at a ceremony during a Canby City Council meeting.

Canby's Public Works department will hang lights throughout downtown, including NW First and Second avenues and in Wait Park. The Canby Fire District coordinates the parade, with the help of the Canby Police Department. Canby Main Street coordinates Light Up the Night as part of its efforts to revitalize downtown Canby.

In addition to the tree lighting event, Canby's First Friday will occur from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature a variety of businesses with cookie decorating, holiday specials, and more, said Stickel.

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