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Santa joins annual tree lighting event that includes kids' activities, free doughnuts

PMG FILE PHOTO - The annual tree lighting will take place in Wilsonville Dec. 4.

The holiday season is here. And while the City of Wilsonville closes its doors during Thanksgiving and Christmas, the local government will keep the holiday season ignited during the intervening period via the brightest event in town.

The City of Wilsonville's tree lighting event will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 4, at the Wilsonville Parks & Recreation building, 29600 S.W. Park Place. The event is free and is sponsored by Oregon Community Credit Union and Therapeutic Associates.

The extravaganza is built around the tree lighting, which will be facilitated by Mayor Tim Knapp. City of Wilsonville Recreation Coordinator Erica Behler said parks and recreation staff put together the lights and take great pride in doing so.

This year's decorations include a tree with colored lights inside the building as well as lights, ornaments and a lighted kids sled on the roof.

"With the money through sponsorship, we've gone big and bright over the years with our lights," Behler said.

During the climax of the event, Knapp leads the countdown culminating with illuminated lights.

"It's exciting. And they stay lit through the new year," Behler said.

The event also will include a station for kids to make decorated Christmas letters for Santa, a holiday-themed storytime hosted by the Wilsonville Public Library, and Santa will be there to take pictures with kids. Also, local choir classes will sing Christmas carols.

New this year, Pip's Original Doughnuts will provide free doughnuts and chai tea.

"It's usually cold that night and dark by the time the event starts. It's nice to have a hot drink and a hot doughnut to help you bear the cold," Behler said.

Overall, Behler thinks Wilsonville residents will enjoy attending the event.

"It's a good way to start toe holiday season. It's free. The kids singing is really cute. It's a good way to see your kids up on stage," Behler said.

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