Dont miss the annual kickoff to the holiday season

The public is invited to join the city of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce for the 49th annual tree lighting celebration the day after Thanksgivings in downtown Lake Oswego beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The festivities begin with the lighting of the giant sequoia tree at the corner of A Avenue and Fifth Street. Mayor Kent Studebaker will welcome the crowd and provide the countdown to light the tree. Members of the Lake Oswego High School Windjammers will sing.

After the lighting, follow members of the Lake Oswego Fire Department to Millennium Plaza Park for the lighting of the Millennium tree. Lakeridge High School’s Company and the Millennium Concert Band will provide the entertainment. A special guest from the North Pole is expected.

Donations of nonperishable canned foods for the Oregon Food Bank and unwrapped toys will be accepted. Look for collection bins at Millennium Plaza Park.

West Linn

West Linn’s community holiday tree will be lit in a special celebration Dec. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at city hall, 22500 Salamo Road. Children of all ages can visit with Santa, decorate cookies, make arts and crafts and enjoy entertainment including an interactive performance by the Radio Disney team.

You can also sign up to march in the holiday parade on Willamette Falls Drive and run in the Ugly Sweater Dash set for Dec. 14. Prizes are awarded in several categories of ugly holiday sweaters.

The annual Ugly Sweater Dash includes a 5K run and a 1-mile dash, proceeds of which benefit the West Linn Food Pantry. Mugs are given to the first 200 participants, so register early.

The 5K run begins at 9 a.m.; registration fee includes race number and commemorative mug. Adult fee is $25 per person plus two cans of nonperishable food for West Linn Food Pantry. Runners age 12 and younger can register for $20 plus one can of nonperishable food for the food pantry.

The 1-mile dash begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration fee includes race number, breakfast and commemorative mug. Fee is $15 for adults plus two cans of nonperishable food.

Runners 12 years and younger can register for $10 plus one can of nonperishable food. A family of four can register for a special price of $40 plus six cans of food.

The annual holiday parade follows the Ugly Sweater Dash and has taken the theme “It’s a Wonderful Life West Linn - 100 Years.” Those wishing to participate in the parade can sign up the day of the event, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

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