Estacada community celebrates the holiday season with annual tree lighting event last week

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Santa visits with a young friend during the annual Estacada Christmas tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 30.

Rain didn't dampen the holiday spirits of Estacada residents who attended the city's annual Christmas tree lighting event.

Winter weather moved a portion of festivities inside City Hall, but many attendees braved the blustery conditions and stepped outside to see the Christmas tree's lights illuminated and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown on Friday, Nov. 30.

This year, the holiday tree lighting celebration moved from its previous home at Harvest Market Square to the lawn outside of City Hall. As part of a recent landscaping project, a tree had been planted to be used for the celebration every December.

Along with the new tree, the Estacada logger statue had been returned to its spot outside of City Hall the day before the festivities. During its absence, the statue was refurbished and returned home wearing a Santa hat and scarf to celebrate the holiday season.

"He's got a great look for Christmas," said Mayor Sean Drinkwine, and everyone in attendance cheered.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine talks with Santa Claus during the citys Christmas tree lighting last week.

During the event organized by city staff and the Downtown Estacada Commission, community members enjoyed complimentary cookies and hot chocolate and music from the Estacada High School Ranger Choir and Jazz Band.

Santa Claus arrived by fire engine and helped light the Christmas tree outside before visiting with children inside City Hall at 475 S.E. Main St.

"The weather wasn't exactly what we hoped for, but we made it work," Drinkwine said jovially.

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