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Santa will be on hand Nov. 28 as Christmas lights brighten the surroundings at the historic Watts House in Scappoose.

PMG FILE PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Christmas lights come to the Watts House in Scappoose on Nov. 28.Always keep your eyes on the road, but as you travel through Scappoose later this month on U.S. Highway 30, out of the corner of your eye, you may spot a home dressed in sparkling Christmas lights.

That would be the Watts House.

As usual for the holiday season, big plans are afoot for the historic home, which was built by J.G. Watts in 1902 and remained a family home until 1976.

Janet Williams, president of the Scappoose Historical Society, said Christmas lights go up Monday, Nov. 28, at the home, which is located at 52432 S.E. First Street.

"We have the lighting, where lights get flipped on at 6 p.m., when Santa arrives," Williams said. "The fire department brings Santa over."

Children will be able to visit Santa in the Watts House and get a candy cane to enjoy on the way home. At the same time, the community club has cocoa and cookies at the nearby Scappoose Public Library.

Williams noted that from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, the Holiday Night Market will be held at the Watts House

"We have the house full of vendors, in every room," she said. "The house will be decorated. This year, we're decorating the house with the theme 'Traditional Christmas Carols,' so each room will be decorated based on a traditional Christmas carol."

Williams looks forward to the Christmas lights at Watts House.

"It's great that we still have a small town feel," Williams said. "That lighting is on a Monday night, and we still have a huge turnout of family. They really enjoy that holiday experience … I think it's great that we still do that."

You can learn more about the history of the Watts House by visiting scappoosehistoricalsociety.org.


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