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Annual holiday lighting in Heritage Park and visit from Santa Claus slated for Nov. 26

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Santa Claus visits children at Heritage Park in Scappoose in 2017 during a holiday lighting celebration.Holiday lights and seasonal cheer will return to Scappoose this year, starting at Heritage Park.

Continuing an annual tradition, Heritage Park will be decorated with holiday lights and decorations, thanks to the Scappoose Community Club.

Each year, right after Thanksgiving, the park becomes a winter wonderland, complete with Christmas-themed decor and lights.

A lighting event and celebration will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

Lights will turn on at 6:45 p.m. and Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive by fire truck at 6:30 p.m. Park visitors can enjoy cocoa and cookies at the Scappoose Public Library, while children and their parents can visit with Santa at the historical Watts House.

Children can take part in a walkthrough of the historical Victorian home, with Santa listening to each child's wish list. Parents are welcome to take their own photos.

The Watts House will again offer tours of the house each weekend in December except Dec. 8, when the house offers a ticketed event. Tours are free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to make a donation at the door. Each room in the historical home will showcase themed holiday decor, with elegantly arranged and decorated Christmas trees and more. Tours are given on a walk-in basis from 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays in December.

On Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., the Watts House will host an Old Fashion Christmas and 150th birthday celebration for Rose Watts. The ticketed event will offer birthday cake, games, music and house tours, as well as gifts for the first 75 visitors. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Call Elaine Thompson at 503-543-2234, or Rich Brown, at 503-515-4905 for tickets.

Round out the month of December with a special visit with Santa at the Watts House on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets for the visit are $10, and children can hear a story, have their picture taken, and receive a stocking with goodies. For tickets, call Elaine Thompson at 503-543-2234.

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