SPONSORED CONTENT: The city of Troutdale and Kiwanis of the Columbia Gorge are offering an afternoon and evening of holiday music, good food, shopping, visits with Santa and more during the town's tree lighting event on Sunday, Dec. 5.


On Sunday, December 5, the City of Troutdale & Kiwanis of the Columbia Gorge will be hosting Troutdale's Wind-er Wonderland & Tree Lighting benefitting SnowCap Community Charities.

The event is from Noon to 6 p.m. with the lighting of the City's 14-foot live blue spruce set for 5 p.m.

At the center of the event is a Holiday Market set under large, heated tents in the Mayors Square parking lot. It features craft vendors selling local goods and gifts, a featuring a holiday activity and craft area for kids.

The first 500 adults to attend the Holiday Market receive a free tote bag to make shopping a breeze, courtesy of Explore Troutdale, the official tourism information provider for our area. The totes will contain information and swag from sponsors.

After visiting the Holiday Market, attendees can enjoy cocoa and cookies while taking in the live music performances in Mayors Square from Noon to 4 p.m. Performances include:

• Noon to 1:45p.m. — Jazz renditions of holiday classics by The Mt. Hood Faculty Quartet.

• 2:15-4 p.m. — Folk and rock inspired Dustin and Andrea Rose.

Each of our downtown businesses is eager to greet guests, and will face off in a storefront/window decorating contest. While strolling through town to vote for your favorite decorations and shop for unique gifts, you can also participate in the Troutdale Teddy Scavenger Hunt. Find all the hidden Teddys inside the listed businesses to win a special gift.

Of course, no holiday event would be complete without an appearance by Santa Claus! The jolly old elf will be on hand as one of our downtown store fronts transforms into his North Pole headquarters for this one day only.

Everyone is welcome to grab a selfie with Santa. But be sure to keep your eyes out for the Grinch! Rumor has it he'll be sneaking around town that day, too.

Afterwards, be sure to grab a bite of food from one of our many wonderful downtown restaurants.

Finally, please remember that this is the season of giving and that all this fun is to help our friends at SnowCap collect donations for those in need. They will gratefully accept hygiene items (soap, shampoo, disposable razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and deodorant), small toys, canned goods and non-perishable items (especially canned proteins), and warm winter clothing like coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

Those who bring donations will be entered into a raffle sponsored by a few of our local businesses, and winners will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more updates.


Thank you to our sponsors who have helped make this event possible:

Amazon, FedEx, Advantis Credit Union, Weston Kia, Edward Jones, Renewal by Andersen, Envi Adventures, Gresham Ford, Holt Homes, Leamy Printing, Les Schwab and Apollo Drain.


Blackberry Lane Ceramics - Handcrafted decorative and functional ceramics

Calou Shop - Handmade toys

C.H.A.M.P.S - Holiday wreaths

CrazyBombz - Bath bombs and soaps

Custom Kailani Crafts - Handmade jewelry

@DrawnHungry - Coloring book featuring illustrations of rabbit characters making delicious food

Fantasy Tress Up - Handmade headbands and hair clips

In The Reads - Handmade custom bookmarks

Lace & Pine Studio - Polymer clay earrings, resin art

Libby's Garden - Spa items, beaded ornaments, sun catchers, and handcrafted stocking stuffers

Lisa Lewis - Metal and resin jewelry, holiday ornaments

Little Miss Taylor Customs - Canvas art and custom dog and pet tags

NWilderStudios - Knotted Wall Hangings, keychains, and crystal earrings

NW Momma Bear Customs - Stickers, keychains, pins and apparel

Passion For Nature Artisan Soaps - Artisan Organic Soaps

Taylor Made Cards - Quilled greeting cards

Terri Bradburry - Stained glass painted windows, candles holders, lamps and Christmas decorations

Totes by Kelly - Holiday themed tote bags

Tindall's Woodworks - Interchangeable wood signs, ornaments, coasters, jewelry, and laser cut wood art

Vicky's Head Hugs - Crocheted items for the whole family and the kitchen

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