Kick off the holly, jolly, jingle holidays with festive events
It's a busy, busy holiday kickoff weekend in western Washington County with day-long events Saturday in Forest Grove and Hillsboro.
Getting things started is the city of Cornelius holiday tree lighting at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. The annual tradition will take place in Veterans Memorial Park, 1251 Baseline St., with Mayor Jef Dalin presiding over the festivities.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a fire truck to help him out — and after the holiday tree is lit, everyone will head over to Cornelius Elementary School, 200 N. 14th Ave., for more fun. Cocoa and cookies will be served, along with holiday singing. For more information, visit www.ci.cornelius.or.us.
Holidays in the Grove gets underway Saturday (with a couple of evening events on Friday) at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Kama'aina, 1910 Main St. The cost is $7 for children, $13 for adults.
Kids and adults can continue the day downtown with businesses and restaurants offering a variety of holiday craft projects, food and shopping specials.
The popular Artisans in the Grove Holiday Market will be open in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A variety of music is offered, with carolers from Forest Grove High School and Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters roaming the streets during the day.
At 3 p.m., Westside Singers perform at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ on College Way. Admission donation benefits West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.
Other activities include do-it-yourself photos with Santa at the Forest Grove Fire Department, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring your camera for a uniquely Forest Grove holiday photo op in front of the city's antique fire pumper. Visit the library anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for a Wassail Party hosted by the Friends of the Library. Brian Oberlin will play holiday music on the mandolin at 2 p.m.
The popular holiday light parade is set for 5 to 6 p.m., with around 50 lighted entries, from musical marchers to equestrians to musical to Santa and his sleigh.
Wrap up the day with the 7:30 p.m. holiday concert at Pacific University at the Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7. Or, catch "Once Upon a Mattress" at Theatre in the Grove, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14, $12 for youth and seniors.
The holiday season in Hillsboro officially kicks off Saturday, Dec. 2, with the annual Holly Days Festival and tree lighting ceremony.
The winter festival begin at 1 p.m. with a train ride along Main Street, local artists, crafts, fresh winter produce, carolers, food and drink, face painting, balloon art and more. Santa Claus will be in attendance, taking pictures and talking Christmas wish lists with children. The day's activities all lead up to a special lighting of a 25-foot tree at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main St., at 5:30 p.m. More information is available at www.HillsboroHollyDays.org.
For more festive fun, head to North Plains at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, for the 13th annual North Plains Jingle.
Individuals, families, friends and organizations are encouraged to decorate anything that moves (trucks, trailers, cars, bikes, wagons, motorcycles) and participate in the parade.
The Jingle begins and ends at Jessie Mays Community Park and the procession last about 20-30 minutes. Hot chocolate, cider, and cookies are served afterward.
For more: www.npfun.org.