Christmas events for Nov. 30

by: File photo Gresham Spirit of Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is set for 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Center for the Arts Plaza, followed by time to take pictures with Santa Claus.

Troutdale Tree Lighting - 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Mayors Square on Historic Columbia River Highway. Troutdale's Christmas tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. at Mayors Square, with the Vivace Fireside Carolers performing. The Reynolds High School 'Expressions' singers will usher in Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who will arrive by fire engine to hand out candy canes. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and cash donations for SnowCap Community Charities, which provides food assistance for families in East County. The event happens in conjunction with First Fridays in Troutdale. Call 503-669-7473 for information.

Wood Village Christmas Tree Lighting and Events - 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, City Hall, 2055 N.E. 238th Drive. The city will light up its Christmas tree, an 85-foot fir, at 6 p.m. sharp. After the tree is lit, the Reynolds High School Expressions Choir will fill City Hall with sounds of the season. Refreshments will be provided, and Santa Claus will make a special appearance as well. Call 503-667-6211 for information.

Fairview Christmas Tree Lighting - 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Fairview City Hall and Fairview Community Park on Village Street. This fifth annual event features the countdown and tree lighting at 5 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides, a visit from Santa Claus, holiday music and crafts, free hot cocoa for the kids, and treats from Bella Cafe. Free and open to the public. Call Devree Leymaster at 503-674-6202 for information.

Christmas Along the Barlow Trail - 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Oregon Country Settlement, 73370 E. Buggy Trail Drive, Rhododendron. The Cascade Geographic Society's 27th annual celebration is a free, festive gathering held on Mount Hood that features two special events associated with the history of the Oregon Trail, where it traversed around Mount Hood's southern flank. Features include 'Christmas Tales of Old Oregon,' Christmas caroling, a Christmas village, American Indian music, shopping, goodies and hot beverages. Free admission and parking. Call 503-622-4798 for information.

Rockwood Winter Family Festival - 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Plaza del Sol, 18705 S.E. Stark St. This free, family friendly event at Rockwood's Plaza del Sol aims to bring families of the area to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will be on hand, and there will be live music, crafts, prizes and more. Bring the family and a donation of canned food to benefit SnowCap Community Charities.

Spirit of Christmas - Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Center for the Arts Plaza in historic downtown Gresham. The tree-lighting ceremony is at 6:15 p.m., followed by time to take pictures with Santa Claus. Bring your family and spend the day enjoying entertainment, in-store specials, a visit from Santa and a tree-lighting ceremony in the city's Center for the Arts Plaza at this 20th annual celebration. Events include in-store activities at Gresham businesses, a dog costume and trick contest and the arrival of Santa Claus. It culminates with the lighting of the city's 60-foot Ponderosa pine at the Center for the Arts Plaza. Visit for a complete schedule.

Community Celebration in Boring - Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Boring Middle School's Athletic Field, 27801 S.E. Dee St. Family-friendly events include live music by Bootsy Collins and Funk U-nity, as well holiday favorites by the Boring Elementary School Band. Clothing retailer Old Navy will offer warm winter giveaways, like scarves and fleece accessories, while attendees can indulge in the biggest funfetti cakes, Voodoo donuts and traditional holiday treats. The night will conclude at the Boring Grange, with a tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and caroling. Santa will also make an appearance, arriving on the Boring Fire Department's antique fire truck.

Christmas Tea - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham. Event is a fundraiser for My Sister's House and will feature lunch and silent and oral auctions. Mistress of Ceremonies will be former Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso, who will also introduce resident speakers. Tickets are $15 per person or $100 for a table of eight. For reservations, call 503-665-1026.

Damascus Holiday Open House - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, Damascus City Hall, 19920 S.E. Highway 212. Join neighbors and friends for refreshments, holiday music and a visit with Santa. Pick up winter safety tips at the Safety Fair and fill a child's request by placing an un-wrapped gift under the Giving Tree.

Corbett festivities - Corbett will welcome the holidays with a full day of festivities beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and ending with the annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. From Breakfast with Santa to the second annual Chili Contest, kick off your holidays with this schedule of activities. Events will be at the Corbett Multi-Purpose Building, entrance is the west door of the Corbett Grade School lunch room, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. For more information, call 503-758-4054 or visit