It's beginning to look like Christmas in Molalla
Thanksgiving weekend offers a lot of fun things to do, after eating, such as shopping and helping decorate downtown Molalla for Christmas.
The decoration starts on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. to raise the town tree, decorate the streets and prepare for the Tree Lighting on Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Volunteers will be welcomed for their help.
The tree lighting is the culmination of the decorating, not to mention the appearance of Santa Claus who rides in on his sleigh atop a 1953 fire engine to the tree in front of City Hall.
The tree will be lit at exactly 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, with Santa and entertainment as well as hot chocolate from the Northwest Professional Realty and cider. Don't forget about the entertainment featuring the marimba ensemble from Molalla Renaissance Academy as well as dancers from KAPA Dance Music & Theater and Dolce Dance. Another music group may possibly join the entertainers as well.
Molalla's Fire Department will be busy both before, during and after the tree lighting. The city's firefighters will be handing out bags Thanksgiving weekend for the parades that happen the next weekend.
It will show off its equipment with its annual parade of fire engines and people behind them collecting non-perishable food for people less fortunate from Dec. 6, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. The Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Kiwanis volunteers will follow the engines and pick up the food as they do annually.
The food can be canned or boxed, cereal or other items that will provide food for people during and perhaps even after the holidays. The parade begins at 6 on Friday and will cover the South side of Molalla. Saturday's parade starts at 4 p.m., in time to get Santa to the tree-lighting on time, and to pick up food from the North side of the city. Sunday's parade also begins at 4 p.m. and will cover the Northwest side (Big Meadow area) of Molalla.
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