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A holiday tradition since 1961, the event runs three weekends and is admission is free.

COURTESY PHOTO - 4-H students will have live farm animals at Storybook Lane.Winter wonderland fun returns as Southwest Portland's Alpenrose Dairy prepares to open Christmas in Dairyville — Storybook Lane the first weekend in December.

Alpenrose Dairy and the Cadonau family, along with the 4-H Discovery Farm at Alpenrose, open the gates to Storybook Lane on Dec. 1 for three weekends.

Christmas in Dairyville — Storybook Lane has been a Portland holiday tradition since 1961. It is a winter wonderland filled with over 300 festive trees, live animals, modular train displays, old-fashioned movie screenings in the iconic Opera House, and performances by dance groups, carolers and choirs.

Stroll the vintage storefronts of Dairyville, stop by the holiday gift shop, enjoy a cup of cocoa or apple cider and treat yourself to homemade goodies from the bakery.

Returning this year to Storybook Lane is the Mom Made Market. Visitors can enjoy on-site shopping and support local moms in business. And last, but certainly not least, stop by and see the big man himself, Santa.

"We look forward to this event all year," said Tracey Cadonau McKinnon, Alpenrose Communications and Events Director. "It is great seeing families and people in the community coming together and embracing the holiday spirit."

Christmas in Dairyville will be open Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17.

Proceeds from various sales at Storybook Lane will benefit several charities throughout Oregon including local 4-H programs.

They will also be accepting donations of new unwrapped toys benefiting local children in need and canned food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Admission is free to Storybook Lane. For more information, visit www.Alpenrose.com. Alpenrose Dairy is located at 6149 S.W Shattuck Road, in Portland.

Alpenrose Dairy has been family-owned and operated since 1916. The Cadonau family is known throughout the Northwest for their commitment to the community, providing year-round family-friendly activities at their 52-acre campus with a stadium for Little League games, opera house, and velodrome track.

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