Tree lightings set for small cities

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Wood Village, Troutdale and Fairview will sparkle following tree lightning events Dec. 6-7.The holiday spirit is alive in East County!

There will be plenty more lights to see and hot chocolate to drink after Gresham’s tree lighting ceremony Saturday, Nov. 30.

The next weekend, Wood Village, Troutdale and Fairview each have tree lighting ceremonies, and you’d better believe Santa Claus will be making his rounds.

Wood Village — Friday

Wood Village will host its annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Wood Village City Hall on the corner of Northeast 238th Drive and Halsey Street.

An 85-foot fir tree will be lit with thousands of lights, and several smaller trees along with City Hall will be decorated as well.

There will be a performance by the Reynolds High School Expressions Choir, a special visit from Santa, free refreshments courtesy of Wal-Mart and free children’s books from Kohl’s.


Experience the small historic town of Troutdale aglow on Friday, Dec. 6.

The tree lighting ceremony will held at Mayor’s Square during the First Friday Art Walk.

There will be carolers, free hot chocolate, spiced cider and special events.

Tree lighting begins at 5:45 p.m. with music by the Centennial and Reynolds High School choirs.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire engine and hand out candy canes.

New this year, cast a vote for your favorite decorated storefront window in downtown’s historic district.

The window competition starts the day after Thanksgiving, and the winner will be the people’s choice.

Fairview Saturday

This year, Fairview will host festivities from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Fairview City Hall and Community Park.

Keeping with tradition, the countdown and tree lighting begin at 5 p.m.

There will be holiday craft-making and music performances through the evening, and Santa will visit with children and hear their wish lists.

This event is free, and all are welcome.

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