Thursday, December 1, 2011

O Christmas Tree

Happy December!  Here are some free events happening around town this upcoming weekend.  There are a bunch of community festivals and Christmas tree lightings going on.

Friday, December 2
Portland Children’s Museum: It’s the first Friday , which means free admission from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

First Friday Art Walk in SE Portland: The galleries open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Beaverton Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House: At 5:00 pm, head to Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street) for the Holiday Open House, featuring Santa, entertainment, a children’s craft workshop, and more. At 6:00 pm, the celebration moves to City Park for more entertainment and the tree lighting.

Troutdale Tree Lighting Event: Starting at 5:45 pm in Mayors Square Park, the ceremony includes entertainment, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a tree lighting. It is also the First Friday Art Walk, which runs until 9:00 pm.

West Linn Holiday Tree Lighting Event: Festivities begin at 6:00 pm and include train rides, a movie, the lighting of the tree. West Linn City Hall.

Camas Hometown Holidays Celebration: Festivities include the tree lighting, visit from Santa, art, hayrides, and more. Downtown Camas6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Multnomah Village Holiday Gala: The tree will be lit at 6:45 pm. Stay around for horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, hot chocolate, and more.  Don't forget to stop by Birdie's!!! : )

Gasland: See this movie and enjoy bottomless bags of popcorn. Free food!  Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy). Live music starts at 6:30 pm. Movie starts at 7:30 pm.

Montavilla Frosty Friday: This is the holiday edition of Montavilla’s monthly first Friday event. A lighting of the district will take place at 7:00 pm, and businesses will offer specials and complimentary treats. SE Stark between 76th and 82nd.

Saturday, December 3
Gresham Tree Lighting and Holiday Events: Enjoy a full day of activities including a parade, visit from Santa, dog costume and trick contest, and tree lighting.

Hillsboro Holly Days: Festivities include a winter marketplace, a free opportunity to explore the indoor playground Outdoors In, a visit from Santa, tree lighting, and more. Check the website for times and locations.

Sherwood Winter Festival: This is where I will be!  The festival includes a parade that starts at Post Office Plaza at 4:00 pm and winds to old town by the library. Afterward, enjoy free hot dogs and hot cocoa, entertainment, the tree lighting, and more. (Free food=Lisa is there)

Milwaukie Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting Event: The parade will start at Waldorf School at 4:00 pm. If you’d like to march, decorate an umbrella and meet at the school at 3:30 pm. After the parade, stay for the tree lighting at City Hall.

Oregon City Holiday Tree Lighting: Holiday music, a visit from Santa, and more. Clackamas County Court House Liberty Plaza, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Christmas Ships Parade Preview: At 7:00 pm, this fleet of boats, each one decorated with holiday lights, will assemble in front of the Port of Camas/Washougal and parade in the area of the docks for about an hour. The fleet will then return to Portland on the Washington side.

Sunday, December 4
Happy Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony: The event includes a visit from Santa, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting, and more. Happy Valley City Hall (16000 SE Misty Dr), 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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