Santa makes his way around East County
A choir sang "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" as Old Saint Nick rode up to the Wood Village Town Center in a lit up Gresham Fire Truck on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Wood Village tree lighting ceremony at the retail complex at 22855 N.E. Park Lane, was Santa's last stop on a tour of three cities. He had visited Troutdale and Fairview earlier to ask the children what they wanted for Christmas.
Before Fairview's tree lighting near City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St., children lined up to see Santa, spun a wheel for a prize, built ornaments and listened to Christmas stories.
The big ticket reward for the prize wheel was "reindeer poop" in the form of chocolate-covered raisins.
Denise McGinn, dressed as one of Santa's elves, enjoyed helping kids put together decorations.
"I'm having more fun than the they are," McGinn said.
Following the Christmas fun, citizens packed the streets to watch Fairview's tree-lighting ceremony. The Reynolds Middle School choir sang Christmas carols to the get the community into the holiday spirit.
They capped off their performance with a sing-along of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer."
Children were asked to name a reindeer other than Rudolph to win the honor of lighting the tree in Fairview Community Park.
Jazmine DiSalvo, 8, was the first to name a lesser-known reindeer.
"It was really cool," Jazmine said. "I didn't know all those lights were going to be there."