The holiday season kicks off with the annual Give n' Gobble Walk and Run to benefit Helping Hands Food Pantry

COURTESY GIVE N GOBBLE - This years Give n  Gobble 5K walk/run as well as a 10K run are set for Thursday, Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sherwood High School stadium. Looking for something to do during the holidays? Here's a list of all things fun around Sherwood:

Give n' Gobble Walk and Run — Give 'n' Gobble, Sherwood's Thanksgiving Day run, walk and community food drive, benefits Sherwood's Helping Hands Food Bank. The event draws several thousand attendees to Sherwood every year. The 5K walk/run as well as a 10K run are set for Thursday, Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sherwood High School stadium. The walk and run benefits Helping Hands, which distributes food to those in need as well as supporting its "Backpacks for Kids Program," which provides nutritious meals for students to take home over the weekend. For these children, often the only meals they get are from the free- or reduced-meal program at school. Give n' Gobble registration is online only. Visit

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - Santa Claus wave to children during the Robin Hood Festival Associations annual Winter Festival and Tree Lighting, set for Dec. 2.Winter Festival and Tree Lighting — Sherwood's annual Winter Festival, presented by the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association, is set for Saturday, Dec. 2.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a popular parade (with pre-registration off of 12th Street near Kohl's set for 3:15 p.m.) that travels through Old Town Sherwood via Sherwood Boulevard.

Immediately following the parade, residents are encouraged to gather at Cannery Square Plaza (next to City Hall, 22560 S.W. Pine St.) for the annual tree lighting. The event will include appearances from a variety of local school choirs, and Santa Claus will be on hand as well.

Free hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate are planned as well.

A free kids crafts event is planned for the Masonic Lodge conducted by the Girl Scouts as well as a free activity presented by Home Depot. The Sherwood Renaissance Singers will also be singing at the Santa tent. Visit

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - The annual Sherwood Tree Lighting event follows shortly after the Winter Festival parade set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 2

Sherwood Plaza Merchants Christmas Open House —Sherwood Plaza merchants will celebrate a 25-year tradition on Saturday, Dec. 2, with Santa in the Plaza and other events that will run from noon to 4 p.m. Santa will arrive at the shopping complex via train at noon and children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa as parents capture a photo memory and everyone is invited for free train rides in the plaza aboard the Sherwood Express. Also scheduled are appearances by the Dickens Carolers, who will provide traditional Christmas carols along with a 2:45 p.m. appearance by Sherwood High School's award-winning Mixolydians. Other events include wine and spirits tasting, face painting, carnival games, hair chalking and free hot chocolate and cookies, all sponsored by the merchants in Sherwood Plaza. Also, a story-telling session is set for 1 p.m. at MudPuddles Toy Store and Olivia The Pig will be there throughout the day.

Meanwhile, Day & Associates and ServPro Tigard/Tualatin will host a Doernbecher Toy Drive where residents can drop off a new, unwrapped toy or game. The Newberg Animal Shelter will also be in the plaza selling Christmas wreaths to support the shelter. Sherwood Plaza is located at 16390 SW Langer Drive. Visit

"White Christmas" on tap — On Dec. 7, the perennial Christmas movie, "White Christmas," will be shown at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, part of the continuing classic movie series at the center. The movie is a timeless romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Made in 1954, "White Christmas" follows the exploits of two entertainers who want to honor their former commanding officer during a particularly dry Vermont winter. General admission for the 7 p.m. show (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) is $3 for all ages. Visit

Holiday Art Walk — The Sherwood Center for the Arts, Sherwood Main Street and participating businesses are partnering to host a free Holiday Art Walk on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Art Walkers are encouraged to begin their stroll through Old Town Sherwood at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St., and continue to stops throughout six blocks. Along the way, participants will get to view local art, chat with artists, participate in interactive activities, listen to live music, enjoy food and beverages from Old Town locations and can even choose to purchase a piece of art. Pick up a map of the route at any participating business, and visit each stop. Prizes from many local Sherwood businesses will be up for grabs. Visit

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - Several Sherwood school choirs are always on hand for the annual Winter Festival and Tree Lighting.

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