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The tree and lights in the park will again be lit, but the Dec. 4 event will have a different feel this year

Although Canby will not have its traditional Light Up The Night event in Wait Park due to the Covid-19 issues, the city does intend to fully light and decorate Wait Park just as it always has. And with that, the city invites lighted vehicles to the downtown area for the event.

"While we understand this year's Light Up The Night will look different, I think we have found a way to honor our traditions while also creating some new fun ways for people to engage," said Jamie Stickel, Canby's economic development director.

Although there will be no parade route to avoid people gathering in close-quarters, visitors will be allowed inside Wait Park to view the festive display of lights, which will be illuminated at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

FILE PHOTO - There will be no pictures with Santa this year, no parade, no vendors, and other tweaks that will be part of a non-traditional Light Up The Night in Canby on Dec. 4. The use of facemasks is highly recommended in case of any crowding. The city will close the roads surrounding the park on three sides to promote greater social distancing: Grant Street, Northwest Third Avenue, and Northwest Fourth Avenut.

"Remember to shop and dine locally as much as you can this holiday season. Our business community needs the continued support of our Canby community," said Stickel.

The winner of the "Who Lights Up Canby?" Contest will be invited to turn the lights on in Wait Park on Dec. 4 — but without the typical ceremony. The city also intends to produce a video including the contest winner and community leaders expressing holiday greetings to those who prefer to tune-in from home. There will not be caroling, announcements, vendors, pictures with Santa, or booths from nonprofit organizations inside the park this year.


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