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Group will host their annual Celebration of Lights this month with music, refreshments and festive scenery

COURTESY PHOTO - Attendees of the Aspen Meadow Band's Celebration of Lights admire the display.

This month, the Aspen Meadow Band will continue a holiday tradition that's been around for more than three decades.

The group's Celebration of Lights will occur from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, through Thursday, Dec. 26, at 24232 S. Upper Highland Road, and will feature more than 300,000 Christmas lights.

The theme of this year's event is "Miracle of Mira-cles."

"We want to celebrate everything from the small miracles to the largest of miracles," said Desi Aamodt, a member of the band's public relations team. "Each one is different and unique. ... We really hope to celebrate everyday miracles to huge miracles."

The opening night of the festivities, on Saturday, Dec. 14, will feature live music from the Aspen Meadow Band and Hearts in Harmony from 5-6 p.m. and a countdown to when the lights will begin shining at 6 p.m.

There also will be complimentary refreshments and opportunities to donate canned goods to the Oregon Food Bank.

Those involved with the event appreciate spreading holiday cheer.

"It's a joy you don't always get to see throughout the year," Aamoldt said. "It's fun for people to come out for their first year."

The celebration also will feature a series of concerts from the Aspen Meadow Band and Hearts in Harmony. Events will include Modern Classic Christmas concerts and children's concerts, the latter of which will feature special appearances from Elsa, Anna and Olaf from the film "Frozen."

The children's shows are free, and admission to the Modern Classic Christmas concerts are $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation's Shop With a Cop program.

"At this time of year, what better miracle than to help make a child's holiday a little bit better," Aamoldt said, discussing the Shop With a Cop program, which connects children with police officers to shop for Christmas gifts.

For a full schedule of concerts, visit aspenmeadowlights.com.

Members of the Aspen Meadow Band are eager for their holiday festivities to begin.

"Our hope this year is that people leave feeling joy and warmth," Aamoldt said.


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