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The success of Scare Fair prompts fair board and staff to look at holding a drive-thru Christmas-themed event.

The Clackamas County Event Center isn't quite done with 2020.

Hot off the heels of the very successful Scare Fair drive-thru event in October, the center is planning a little Christmas cheer for the area.

The Clackamas County Winter Fair will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Again, it will be a drive-thru experience, but this time with a Christmas vibe Tyler Nizer, the center's event coordinator, thinks will be a hit.

"We are just going to have a lot of lights, some different themes, even some rodeo-themed stuff, a tree — and Santa will be there a bit," said Nizer.

Santa will show up on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, and appear over the next couple of Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 18 to 19.

"He will be in his sleigh and people can drive by and take photos of him," said Nizer of the non-contact nature of the event. "There will be a postal box that kids can put their letters to Santa in."

In all, the festival will feature a quarter-mile drive through the fairgrounds to see the sights and sounds of Christmastime. There will be a 100-foot lighted tunnel and more when preparations are complete.

FILE PHOTO - A 100-foot lighted tunnel will be one of the highlights of this year's Winter Fair, set to open at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby on Nov. 27 and run through all of December.

Nizer said the center is contracting out some of the display work and lighting.

There are some dates to be aware of, however. The Winter Fair will start on Friday, Nov. 27, but will run Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 17. From there, it will be open every day through Dec. 31.

Tickets are available online at ccwinterfair.com and range in price from $20 to $30, depending on the day of visit.

"We had a good experience with Scare Fair, so we thought we'd give Christmas a shot," said Nizer.


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