Annual event set for Saturday at the Chehalem Cultural Center and the Newberg Public Library

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - As has become custom, Santa will arrive via fire engine to lead the ceremony of lighting the tree before the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Grab your coats and bring your family downtown this weekend for a fun-filled evening of shopping, food and drink, music, trolley rides and the lighting of Newberg's Christmas tree.

Santa Claus will come to town to spread his joy and ring in the Christmas holiday season at the city of Newberg's 33rd annual tree lighting ceremony on


The Newberg holiday market will kick-off the festivities for its fifth year at 11a.m. in the lobby at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Attendees can stroll and shop for gifts made from local artisans, farmers and vendors who make their own products, including everything from baked goods and wreaths to handmade jewelry, soaps and more.GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Youngsters anxiously await the arrival of Santa during last year's treelighting ceremony at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

This year local artisan's will include Del Puckett's Cigar Box Guitars for the musically inclined; Karen Pugsley, owner of There is Fruit in the Garden, will bring her wild crafted wreaths; and Twin Oaks Marketplace will display seasonal signs and some popular work. The holiday market is hosted by the Newberg Downtown Coalition and will be unveiled in the cultural center's ballroom. The market will continue on Dec 8 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Dec 9 from 10 to 6 p.m.

If you don't find what you are looking for at the market, you can shop later at the 19th annual kids' craft sale and support youth artisans. The handy crafters are mostly from kindergarten age to 12th grade. The craft sale will be at Newberg Public Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - The 19th annual kids' craft sale features works from kindergarten through 12th grade students and is slated for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Newberg Public Library.

Throughout the festivities food carts will be at the library for those searching for a quick dinner.

From 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. attendees can take a quick ride on the holiday trolley and look at the shimmering Christmas lights around the neighborhood.

Newberg High school's a cappella choir, Vocal Point, will take the stage near the tree erected before the cultural center and set the scene for the evening's events at 5:15p.m. They will perform traditional holiday music with the combination of female and male voices that lead to the anticipated arrival of Santa.

Santa and a rumored helper elf will arrive and spread joy on a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire engine at 5:25 p.m. Santa will throw the switch to illuminate the Christmas lights on the beautiful tree.

The tree was decorated by the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue department personnel on Sunday and set up by PGE.

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