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Communities across Washington County celebrate the season with tree-lighting events starting Friday, Nov. 29 in Forest Grove

FILE PHOTO - Cornelius welcomes the holiday season with a lighted tree, caroling, treats and a visit from Santa Friday, Dec. 6.Nothing brings on the holiday spirit like gathering with a community of neighbors, families and friends to listen to holiday carols and watch as the local fir tree is illuminated by lights. Find your closest tree-lighting event to start the holidays with feelings of community and warmth.

¦ Cornelius

Before the lights come on, listen to holiday songs performed in both English and Spanish by local grade, middle and high school students and watch as Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive in style on a Cornelius Fire Department truck. After the ceremony, warm up with a walk to the cozy cafeteria at Cornelius Elementary School for hot chocolate and cookies.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 1251 Baseline St.

¦ Forest Grove

Hosting its tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving, Forest Grove doesn't skip a beat when it comes to celebrating the holidays. Count down the seconds before the tree is lit and shuffle inside to listen to carolers bring on the holiday spirit.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

Where: Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, 2037 Douglas St.

¦ Hillsboro

Celebrate the holidays and support local businesses by attending Hillsboro's annual Holly Days celebration. Check out the winter marketplace stocked with locally made arts and crafts. If all that shopping works up an appetite, there will be food and drinks from local businesses.

When: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Where: Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, 150 E Main St.

¦ Beaverton

Along with a visit from Santa Claus and a chance to sip on some hot cocoa, Beaverton's tree-lighting event also will feature a photo booth with Disney characters and a book giveaway sponsored by the library.

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: 12500 S.W. 4th St

¦ Lake Oswego

If one tree lighting isn't quite enough, Lake Oswego will follow up its first tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. with a walk to Millennium Plaza to light up the entire plaza along with another holiday tree.

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

Where: Bigelow Plaza, 5th St. and A Ave.

¦ Sherwood

Sherwood's Holiday Festival is far more than just a tree lighting — it's a celebration that lasts all day. Starting at 8 a.m., visitors can head to Old Town and explore the Holiday Bazaar, located at the Rebekah Lodge at 22550 S. Washington St., for local, handmade goods and traditional holiday doughnuts. In the evening, find a spot to watch the community parade starting at 4 p.m. which travels from the Kohl's parking lot on 12th Street to Cannery Square Park. After the parade, visitors can take a horse-and-carriage ride around Old Town or enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

When:4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Where: Cannery Square Plaza, 22622 S.W. Pine St

¦ Tualatin

Tualatin's Starry Nights and Holiday Lights event will include a visit from Santa, crafts and a host of performances by local grade, middle and high school choirs and bands.

When: 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: Lake of the Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St.

¦ Tigard

The Tigard Downtown Alliance will put on its annual tree-lighting event, giving kids the chance to take pictures with Santa and draft letters to be sent to the North Pole.

When: 6:45-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Where: Liberty Park, Main Street and Pacific Highway

¦ Wilsonville

Take a break during the hectic workweek to be with the community at this year's Wilsonville tree lighting, which takes place on a Wednesday. Before stopping for cookies and hot cocoa, Wilsonville is encouraging residents to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Parks & Recreation Toy Drive at this year's tree-lighting ceremony.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4

Where: Town Center Park, 29600 Park Place


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